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Isaiah 42 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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The Servant’s Mission

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“This 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[fn] to the nations.

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He will not cry out or shout

or make His voice heard in the streets.

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He will not break a bruised reed,

and He will not put out a smoldering wick;

He will faithfully bring justice.

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He will not grow weak or be discouraged

until He has established justice on earth.

The islands will wait for His instruction.”

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This 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[fn] to those who walk on it —

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“I, Yahweh, have called You

for a righteous purpose,[fn]

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,

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in order to open blind eyes,

to bring out prisoners from the dungeon,

and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.

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I am Yahweh, that is My name;

I will not give My glory to another

or My praise to idols.

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The past events have indeed happened.

Now I declare new events;

I announce them to you before they occur.”

  
A Song of Praise

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Sing 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[fn] inhabitants.

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Let 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.

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Let them give glory to the LORD

and declare His praise in the islands.

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The LORD advances like a warrior;

He stirs up His zeal like a soldier.

He shouts, He roars aloud,

He prevails over His enemies.

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“I 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.

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I will lay waste mountains and hills

and dry up all their vegetation.

I will turn rivers into islands

and dry up marshes.

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I 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.

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They will be turned back and utterly ashamed —

those who trust in idols

and say to metal-plated images:

You are our gods!

  
Israel’s Blindness and Deafness

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“Listen, you deaf!

Look, you blind, so that you may see.

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Who is blind but My servant,

or deaf like My messenger I am sending?

Who is blind like My dedicated one,[fn]

or blind like the servant of the LORD?

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Though seeing many things,[fn] you do not obey.

Though his ears are open, he does not listen.”

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The LORD was pleased, because of His righteousness,

to magnify His instruction and make it glorious.

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But 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! ”

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Who among you will pay attention to this?

Let him listen and obey in the future.

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Who gave Jacob to the robber,[fn]

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.

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So 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.[fn]

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HCSB Footnotes
DSS read His justice
Lit spirit
Or you by [My] righteousness ; lit you in righteousness
Lit their
Hb obscure
Alt Hb tradition reads You see many things;
Lit to loot
Lit he did not put on heart

HCSB

Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the Holman Christian Standard Bible website.

 
 
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