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he says, “Is it too insignificant a task for you to be my servant,
to reestablish the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the remnant[a] of Israel?[b]
I will make you a light to the nations,[c]
so you can bring[d] my deliverance to the remote regions of the earth.”

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  1. Isaiah 49:6 tn Heb “the protected [or “preserved”] ones.”
  2. Isaiah 49:6 sn The question is purely rhetorical; it does not imply that the servant was dissatisfied with his commission or that he minimized the restoration of Israel.
  3. Isaiah 49:6 tn See the note at 42:6.
  4. Isaiah 49:6 tn Heb “be” (so KJV, ASV); CEV “you must take.”