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14 “I have certainly[a] stayed silent for a long time;
    I’ve kept still and held myself back.
Now, like a woman giving birth, I’ll cry out.
    All of a sudden I’ll gasp and pant.
15 I’ll devastate the mountains and hills,
    and dry up all their vegetation;
I’ll turn rivers into islands,
    and dry up the ponds.
16 I’ll help the blind walk,
    even[b] on a road they do not know;
I’ll guide them
    in directions[c] they do not know.
I’ll turn the dark places[d] into light in front of them,
    and the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
    and I won’t abandon them.

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  1. Isaiah 42:14 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks certainly
  2. Isaiah 42:16 Or and; so 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks even
  3. Isaiah 42:16 Lit. paths
  4. Isaiah 42:16 So 1QIsaa (misspelling places); MT LXX read darkness

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