Matthew 12:20
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New International Version
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.

New Living Translation
He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.

English Standard Version
a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;

New American Standard Bible
"A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.

King James Bible
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick, until He has led justice to victory.

International Standard Version
He will not snap off a broken reed or snuff out a smoldering wick until he has brought justice through to victory.

NET Bible
He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick, until he brings justice to victory.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He will not break off a fractured reed, and the lamp that flickers he will not extinguish until he will bring the verdict of innocence,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will not break off a damaged cattail. He will not even put out a smoking wick until he has made justice victorious.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoking flax he shall not quench until he sends forth judgment unto victory.

King James 2000 Bible
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he sends forth justice unto victory.

American King James Version
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment to victory.

American Standard Version
A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The bruised reed he shall not break: and smoking flax he shall not extinguish: till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Darby Bible Translation
a bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, until he bring forth judgment unto victory;

English Revised Version
A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Webster's Bible Translation
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he shall send forth judgment to victory.

Weymouth New Testament
A crushed reed He will not utterly break, nor will He quench the still smouldering wick, until He has led on Justice to victory.

World English Bible
He won't break a bruised reed. He won't quench a smoking flax, until he leads justice to victory.

Young's Literal Translation
a bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench, till he may put forth judgment to victory,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:14-21 The Pharisees took counsel to find some accusation, that Jesus might be condemned to death. Aware of their design, as his time was not come, he retired from that place. Face does not more exactly answer to face in water, than the character of Christ drawn by the prophet, to his temper and conduct as described by the evangelists. Let us with cheerful confidence commit our souls to so kind and faithful a Friend. Far from breaking, he will strengthen the bruised reed; far from quenching the smoking flax, or wick nearly out, he will rather blow it up into a flame. Let us lay aside contentious and angry debates; let us receive one another as Christ receives us. And while encouraged by the gracious kindness of our Lord, we should pray that his Spirit may rest upon us, and make us able to copy his example.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - A bruised reed shall he not break, and-smoking flax shall he not quench. Though what more feeble than a cracked reed or a wick just flickering? Yet he reckons neither as useless; he allows for possibilities of improvement. His treatment of the believer who is weakest, and, so to speak, least alive, is marked by long-suffering and gentleness. Observe that

(1) Matthew omits the words, "He shall not burn dimly nor be discouraged," because he is not concerned with anything else than Christ's relation to others;

(2) he combines into one the two clauses of Isaiah, "He shall bring forth judgment in truth" and "Till he have set judgment in the earth." Till he send forth (ἕως α}ν ἐκβάλῃ). This being the supreme object of Messiah's life and energy - bringing out, as from his own plans and resources, judgment unto victory; i.e. the revelation of the Divine Law (ver. 18, note) to a successful issue in human hearts. Unto victory. Apparently only a paraphrase of the thought in Isaiah.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A bruised reed shall he not break,.... Various are the thoughts of interpreters, about what is meant by this, and by

the smoking flax shall he not quench. Some think the Scribes and Pharisees are designed, whose power Christ could easily crush, and their wrath and fury restrain, but would not, till the time of his vengeance was come. Others that the publicans and sinners are intended, of whose conversion and salvation there were more hope than of the Scribes and Pharisees; and which Christ greatly sought after, and therefore cherished and encouraged them in his ministry and conversation. Some are of opinion, that such who have fallen into sin, and are under great decays of grace, are meant, whom Christ has compassion on, succours, and restores: but rather young converts, such as are under first awakenings, are here pointed at; who, like to a "bruised reed", or "broken" one, one that is in some measure broke, near being broken to pieces, are wounded in their spirits, have their hearts broken and contrite, under a sense of their sinfulness, vileness, weakness, and unworthiness; whom Christ is so far from breaking and destroying, that he binds up their broken hearts, heals their wounds, and restores comforts to them: and who are like to "smoking flax", or, as the Syriac reads it, , "a smoking lamp"; to which the Arabic and Persic versions agree; meaning the wick of the lamp, which being just lighted, seems ready to go out, having scarce any light, only a little fire in it, which makes it smoke: so these have but little light of knowledge, faith, and comfort, and a great deal of darkness and infirmity; only there is some warmth in their affections, which go upwards "like pillars of smoke, perfumed with frankincense"; and such Christ is so far from neglecting, and putting out, that he blows up the sparks of grace into a flame, and never utterly leaves the work,

till he sends forth judgment into victory; that is, till he sends forth the Gospel into their hearts, accompanied with his mighty power, in the light and comfort of it; which informs their judgments, enlightens their understandings, bows their wills, raises their affections, sanctifies their souls, works effectually in them, under the influence of his Spirit and grace, to the carrying on of the work of grace in them to the end; and making them victorious over all their enemies, and more than conquerors, through him that has loved them. The Targum of Jonathan paraphrases the words thus;

"the meek, who are as a bruised reed, he will not break; and the poor, who are as an obscure lamp, he will not quench.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory—"unto truth," says the Hebrew original, and the Septuagint also. But our Evangelist merely seizes the spirit, instead of the letter of the prediction in this point. The grandeur and completeness of Messiah's victories would prove, it seems, not more wonderful than the unobtrusive noiselessness with which they were to be achieved. And whereas one rough touch will break a bruised reed, and quench the flickering, smoking flax, His it should be, with matchless tenderness, love, and skill, to lift up the meek, to strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees, to comfort all that mourn, to say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not.

Matthew 12:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Chosen Servant
19"HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT; NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS. 20"A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY. 21"AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE."
Cross References
Isaiah 42:3
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

Matthew 11:7
As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
Treasury of Scripture

A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment to victory.

bruised.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

2 Kings 18:21 Now, behold, you trust on the staff of this bruised reed, even on …

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite …

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Lamentations 3:31-34 For the LORD will not cast off for ever…

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven …

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach …

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him…

Hebrews 12:12,13 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees…

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Psalm 98:1-3 O sing to the LORD a new song; for he has done marvelous things: …

Isaiah 42:3,4 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he …

Romans 15:17-19 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those …

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, …

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh…

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