Holman Christian Standard Bible
1This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, this is My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations.
2He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets.
3He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick; He will faithfully bring justice.
4He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction."
5This is what God, Yahweh, says-- who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and life to those who walk on it--"
6I, Yahweh, have called You for a righteous purpose, and I will hold You by Your hand. I will keep You and appoint You to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations,
7in order to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.
8I am Yahweh, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.
9The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur."
10Sing a new song to the LORD; sing His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea with all that fills it, you islands with your inhabitants.
11Let the desert and its cities shout, the settlements where Kedar dwells cry aloud. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy; let them cry out from the mountaintops.
12Let them give glory to the LORD and declare His praise in the islands.
13The LORD advances like a warrior; He stirs up His zeal like a soldier. He shouts, He roars aloud, He prevails over His enemies."
14I have kept silent from ages past; I have been quiet and restrained Myself. But now, I will groan like a woman in labor, gasping breathlessly.
15I will lay waste mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation. I will turn rivers into islands and dry up marshes.
16I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.
17They will be turned back and utterly ashamed-- those who trust in idols and say to metal-plated images: You are our gods!"
18Listen, you deaf! Look, you blind, so that you may see.
19Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like My messenger I am sending? Who is blind like My dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the LORD?
20Though seeing many things, you do not obey. Though his ears are open, he does not listen."
21The LORD was pleased, because of His righteousness, to magnify His instruction and make it glorious.
22But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in holes or imprisoned in dungeons. They have become plunder with no one to rescue them and loot, with no one saying, "Give it back!"
23Who among you will pay attention to this? Let him listen and obey in the future.
24Who gave Jacob to the robber, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD? Have we not sinned against Him? They were not willing to walk in His ways, and they would not listen to His instruction.
25So He poured out on Jacob His furious anger and the power of war. It surrounded him with fire, but he did not know it; it burned him, but he paid no attention.