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Isaiah 42 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Servant of the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:1 - “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:2 - He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 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;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:4 - he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:5 - This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:6 - “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:7 - to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:8 - “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:9 - See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

Song of Praise to the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:10 - Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:11 - Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:12 - Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:13 - The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:14 - “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:15 - I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:16 - I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:17 - But those who trust in idols, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame.

Israel Blind and Deaf

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:18 - “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:19 - Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:20 - You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:21 - It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:22 - But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:23 - Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention in time to come?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:24 - Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:25 - So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.

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