Isaiah 42
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1Behold, My servant, I take hold on Him, "" My Chosen One—My soul has accepted, I have put My Spirit on Him, "" He brings forth judgment to nations.

2He does not cry, nor lift up, "" Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

3A bruised reed He does not break, "" And faded flax He does not quench, "" He brings forth judgment to truth.

4He does not become weak nor bruised, "" Until He sets judgment in the earth, "" And islands wait with hope for His law.

5Thus said God, YHWH, "" Creating the heavens, and stretching them out, "" Spreading out the earth and its productions, "" Giving breath to the people on it, "" And spirit to those walking in it.

6I, YHWH, called you in righteousness, "" And I lay hold on your hand, and keep you, "" And I give you for a covenant of a people, "" And a light of nations.

7To open the eyes of the blind, "" To bring forth the bound one from prison, "" Those sitting in darkness from the house of restraint.

8I [am] YHWH, this [is] My Name, "" And I do not give My glory to another, "" Nor My praise to carved images.

9The former things, behold, have come, "" And I am declaring new things, "" Before they spring up I cause you to hear.

10Sing a new song to YHWH, "" His praise from the end of the earth, "" You who are going down to the sea, and its fullness, "" Islands, and their inhabitants.

11The wilderness and its cities lift up [their voice], "" Kedar inhabits the villages, "" The inhabitants of Sela sing, "" They cry from the top of mountains.

12They ascribe to YHWH glory, "" And they declare His praise in the islands.

13YHWH goes forth as a mighty one. He stirs up zeal as a man of war, "" He cries, indeed, He shrieks, "" He shows Himself mighty against His enemies.

14I have kept silent from of old, "" I keep silent, I refrain Myself, "" I cry out as a travailing woman, "" I desolate and swallow up together.

15I make desolate mountains and hills, "" And I dry up all their herbs, "" And I have made rivers become islands, "" And I dry up ponds.

16And I have caused the blind to go, "" In a way they have not known, "" I cause them to tread in paths they have not known, "" I make a dark place become light before them, "" And unleveled places become a plain, "" These [are] the things I have done to them, "" And I have not forsaken them.

17Removed backward—utterly ashamed, "" Are those trusting in a carved image, "" Those saying to a molten image, “You [are] our gods.”

18You deaf, hear; and you blind, look to see.

19Who [is] blind but My servant? And deaf as My messenger I send? Who [is] blind as he who is at peace, "" Indeed, blind, as the servant of YHWH?

20Seeing many things, and you do not observe, "" Opening ears, and he does not hear.

21YHWH has delight for the sake of His righteousness, "" He magnifies law, and makes honorable.

22And this [is] a people seized and spoiled, "" Snared in holes—all of them, "" And they were hidden in houses of restraint, "" They have been for a prey, "" And there is no deliverer, "" A spoil, and none is saying, “Restore.”

23Who among you gives ear [to] this? Attends, and hears afterward?

24Who has given Jacob for a spoil, "" And Israel to the spoilers? Is it not YHWH—He against whom we sinned? Indeed, they have not been willing to walk in His ways, "" Nor have they listened to His law.

25And He pours fury on him, "" His anger, and the strength of battle, "" And it sets him on fire all around, "" And he has not known, "" And it burns against him, and he does not lay it to heart!

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