A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.
4He will not be disheartened or crushed
Until He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.
5Thus says God the LORD,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring,
Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it,
6I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness,
I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You,
And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations,
7To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
8I am the LORD, that is My name;
I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.
9Behold, the former things have come to pass,
Now I declare new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.
10Sing to the LORD a new song,
Sing His praise from the end of the earth!
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it.
You islands, and those who dwell on them.
11Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices,
The settlements where Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud,
Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains.
12Let them give glory to the LORD
And declare His praise in the coastlands.
13The LORD will go forth like a warrior,
He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
He will prevail against His enemies.
The Blindness of the People
14I have kept silent for a long time,
I have kept still and restrained Myself.
Now like a woman in labor I will groan,
I will both gasp and pant.
15I will lay waste the mountains and hills
And wither all their vegetation;
I will make the rivers into coastlands
And dry up the ponds.
16I will lead the blind by a way they do not know,
In paths they do not know I will guide them.
I will make darkness into light before them
And rugged places into plains.
These are the things I will do,
And I will not leave them undone.
17They will be turned back and be utterly put to shame,
Who trust in idols,
Who say to molten images,
You are our gods.
18Hear, you deaf!
And look, you blind, that you may see.
19Who is blind but My servant,
Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me,
Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?
20You have seen many things, but you do not observe them;
Your ears are open, but none hears.
21The LORD was pleased for His righteousness sake
To make the law great and glorious.
22But this is a people plundered and despoiled;
All of them are trapped in caves,
Or are hidden away in prisons;
They have become a prey with none to deliver them,
And a spoil, with none to say, Give them back!
23Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will give heed and listen hereafter?
24Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers?
Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned,
And in whose ways they were not willing to walk,
And whose law they did not obey?
25So He poured out on him the heat of His anger
And the fierceness of battle;
And it set him aflame all around,
Yet he did not recognize it;
And it burned him, but he paid no attention.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth.
The bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Darby Bible Translation
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment according to truth.
English Revised Version
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment in truth.
Webster's Bible Translation
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth.
World English Bible
He won't break a bruised reed. He won't quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring justice.
Young's Literal Translation
A bruised reed he breaketh not, And dim flax he quencheth not, To truth he bringeth forth judgment.
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