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14 For a long time, I said nothing.[a]
    I restrained myself and kept silent.
    Now I will groan, pant, and gasp like a woman in labor.
15 I will level their hills and mountains[b]
    and dry up all their vegetation.
    I will turn rivers into islands and dry up their lakes.
16 I will walk[c] the blind by an unknown way[d]
    and guide them on paths they’ve never traveled.
    I will smooth their difficult road[e]
    and make their dark mysteries bright with light.[f]
    These are things I will do for them,
    for I will never abandon my beloved ones.[g]

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  1. Isaiah 42:14 Or “He shows himself superior to his enemies.” Every spiritual enemy is conquered by the Son of God—even death.
  2. Isaiah 42:15 Or “I have been silent. Should I remain silent forever and hold my peace?” (LXX).
  3. Isaiah 42:16 Hills and mountains are frequent metaphors for governments, nations, and kingdoms.
  4. Isaiah 42:16 See John 16:13; Rom. 8:14.
  5. Isaiah 42:16 See Josh. 3:4; John 14:6; Heb. 10:19-22.
  6. Isaiah 42:16 This can be seen as a metaphor for God changing our hearts and removing obstacles for us to walk with him. No obstacle within us will prevent God from accomplishing his plan.
  7. Isaiah 42:16 Darkness is a frequent biblical metaphor for ignorance and light for understanding (revelation light). e 42:16 See Matt. 28:18-20; Heb. 13:5.

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