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He will not break a ·crushed blade of grass [bruised reed]
    or ·put out [extinguish] even a ·weak flame [dim/smoldering wick; C symbols of care for the weak and oppressed].
He will ·truly [faithfully] bring justice;
    he will not ·lose hope [falter; or grow dim] or ·give up [be discouraged; or be bruised/crushed]
until he brings justice to the world.
And ·people far away [or the islands; or the coastlands] will ·trust [wait/put hope in] his ·teachings [instruction; law; L Torah].”

God, the Lord, said these things.
He created the ·skies [heavens] and stretched them out.
    He spread out the earth and ·everything on it [L its offspring].
He gives breath to all people on earth,
    and life to everyone who walks on the earth.

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A bruised reed(A) he will not break,(B)
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.(C)
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;(D)
    he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice(E) on earth.
    In his teaching(F) the islands(G) will put their hope.”(H)

This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens,(I) who stretches them out,
    who spreads out the earth(J) with all that springs from it,(K)
    who gives breath(L) to its people,
    and life to those who walk on it:

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