Song of Praise to the Lord

10 Sing(A) to the Lord a new song,(B)
    his praise(C) from the ends of the earth,(D)
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,(E)
    you islands,(F) and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness(G) and its towns raise their voices;
    let the settlements where Kedar(H) lives rejoice.
Let the people of Sela(I) sing for joy;
    let them shout from the mountaintops.(J)
12 Let them give glory(K) to the Lord
    and proclaim his praise(L) in the islands.(M)
13 The Lord will march out like a champion,(N)
    like a warrior(O) he will stir up his zeal;(P)
with a shout(Q) he will raise the battle cry
    and will triumph over his enemies.(R)

14 “For a long time I have kept silent,(S)
    I have been quiet and held myself back.(T)
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
    I cry out, I gasp and pant.(U)
15 I will lay waste(V) the mountains(W) and hills
    and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands
    and dry up(X) the pools.
16 I will lead(Y) the blind(Z) by ways they have not known,
    along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light(AA) before them
    and make the rough places smooth.(AB)
These are the things I will do;
    I will not forsake(AC) them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
    who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’(AD)
    will be turned back in utter shame.(AE)

Israel Blind and Deaf

18 “Hear, you deaf;(AF)
    look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind(AG) but my servant,(AH)
    and deaf like the messenger(AI) I send?
Who is blind like the one in covenant(AJ) with me,
    blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention;
    your ears are open, but you do not listen.”(AK)
21 It pleased the Lord
    for the sake(AL) of his righteousness
    to make his law(AM) great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered(AN) and looted,
    all of them trapped in pits(AO)
    or hidden away in prisons.(AP)
They have become plunder,
    with no one to rescue them;(AQ)
they have been made loot,
    with no one to say, “Send them back.”

23 Which of you will listen to this
    or pay close attention(AR) in time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot,
    and Israel to the plunderers?(AS)
Was it not the Lord,(AT)
    against whom we have sinned?
For they would not follow(AU) his ways;
    they did not obey his law.(AV)
25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,(AW)
    the violence of war.
It enveloped them in flames,(AX) yet they did not understand;(AY)
    it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.(AZ)

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