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This is what the true God,[a] the Lord, says—
the one who created the sky and stretched it out,
the one who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it,[b]
the one who gives breath to the people on it,
and life to those who live on it:[c]

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  1. Isaiah 42:5 tn Heb “the God.” The definite article here indicates distinctiveness or uniqueness.
  2. Isaiah 42:5 tn Heb “and its offspring” (so NASB); NIV “all that comes out of it.”
  3. Isaiah 42:5 tn Heb “and spirit [i.e., “breath”] to the ones walking in it” (NAB, NASB, and NRSV all similar).