17 “The poor and needy are seeking (A)water, but there is none,
And their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the Lord, (B)will answer them Myself;
As the God of Israel I (C)will not abandon them.
18 I will open (D)rivers on the bare heights,
And springs in the midst of the valleys;
I will make (E)the wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land fountains of water.
19 I will put the cedar in the wilderness,
The acacia, the (F)myrtle, and the olive tree;
I will place the (G)juniper in the desert,
Together with the elm tree and the cypress,
20 So that (H)they may see and recognize,
And consider and gain insight as well,
That the (I)hand of the Lord has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.

21 [a]Present your case,” the Lord says.
“Bring forward your evidence,”
The (J)King of Jacob says.
22 (K)Let them bring them forward and declare to us what is going to take place;
As for the (L)former events, declare what they were,
So that we may consider them and know their outcome.
Or announce to us what is coming;
23 (M)Declare the things that are going to come afterward,
So that we may know that you are gods;
Indeed, (N)do good or evil, that we may be afraid and fear together.
24 Behold, (O)you are less than nothing,
And (P)your work is less than nothing!
He who chooses you is an (Q)abomination.

25 “I have put (R)one from the north into motion, and he has come;
From the rising of the sun he will call on My name;
And he will come upon rulers as upon [b](S)mortar,
As the potter treads on clay.”
26 Who has (T)declared this from the beginning, that we might know?
Or from former times, that we may say, “He is right!”?
There was (U)no one at all who declared,
There was no one at all who proclaimed,
There was no one at all who heard your words.
27 (V)Previously I said to Zion, ‘Behold, here they are.’
And to Jerusalem, ‘I will give a (W)messenger of good news.’
28 But (X)when I look, there is no one,
And there is no (Y)counselor [c]among them
Who, if I ask, can (Z)give an answer.
29 Behold, all of them are [d]false;
Their (AA)works are (AB)nothing,
Their cast metal images are (AC)wind and emptiness.

God’s Promise concerning His Servant

42 (AD)Behold, My (AE)Servant, whom I [e]uphold;
My (AF)chosen one in whom My (AG)soul delights.
I have put My (AH)Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth (AI)justice to the [f]nations.
He will not cry out nor raise His voice,
Nor make His voice heard in the street.
A bent reed He will not break off
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth (AJ)justice.
He will not be (AK)disheartened or crushed
Until He has established justice on the earth;
And the (AL)coastlands will wait expectantly for His [g]law.”

This is what God the Lord says,

Who (AM)created the heavens and (AN)stretched them out,
Who spread out the (AO)earth and its [h]offspring,
Who (AP)gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it:
“I am the Lord, I have (AQ)called You in righteousness,
I will also (AR)hold You by the hand and (AS)watch over You,
And I will appoint You as a (AT)covenant to the people,
As a (AU)light to the nations,
To (AV)open blind eyes,
To (AW)bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
(AX)I am the Lord, that is (AY)My name;
I will not give My (AZ)glory to another,
Nor My praise to idols.
Behold, the (BA)former things have come to pass,
Now I declare (BB)new things;
Before they sprout I proclaim them to you.”

10 Sing to the Lord a (BC)new song,
Sing His praise from the (BD)end of the earth!
(BE)You who go down to the sea, and (BF)all that is in it;
You (BG)islands, and those who live on them.
11 Let the (BH)wilderness and its cities raise their voices,
The settlements which (BI)Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of (BJ)Sela sing aloud,
Let them shout for joy from the tops of the (BK)mountains.
12 Let them (BL)give glory to the Lord
And declare His praise in the (BM)coastlands.
13 (BN)The Lord will go out like a warrior,
He will stir His (BO)zeal like a man of war.
He will shout, indeed, He will raise a war cry.
He will (BP)prevail against His enemies.

The Blindness of the People

14 (BQ)I have kept silent for a long time,
I have kept still and restrained Myself.
Now like a woman in labor I will groan,
I will both gasp and pant.
15 I will (BR)lay waste the mountains and hills
And wither all their vegetation;
I will (BS)turn the rivers into coastlands
And dry up the ponds.
16 I will (BT)lead those who are blind by a way they have not known,
In paths they have not known I will guide them.
I will (BU)turn darkness into light before them
And (BV)uneven land into plains.
These are the things I will do,
And I will (BW)not leave them undone.”
17 They will be turned back and be (BX)utterly put to shame,
Who trust in [i]idols,
Who say to cast metal images,
“You are our gods.”

18 (BY)Hear, you who are deaf!
And look, you who are blind, so that you may see.
19 Who is blind but My (BZ)servant,
Or so deaf as My (CA)messenger whom I send?
Who is so blind as one who is [j](CB)at peace with Me,
Or so blind as the servant of the Lord?
20 (CC)You have seen many things, but you do not retain them;
Your ears are open, but no one hears.
21 The Lord was pleased for His righteousness’ sake
To make the Law (CD)great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered and pillaged;
All of them are (CE)trapped in [k]caves,
Or are (CF)hidden away in prisons;
They have become plunder, with no one to save them,
And spoils with no one to say, “Give them back!”

23 Who among you will listen to this?
Who will pay attention and listen in the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob up for spoils, and Israel to plunderers?
Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned,
And in whose ways they (CG)were not willing to walk,
And whose Law they did not (CH)obey?
25 So He poured out on him the heat of His anger
And the (CI)fierceness of battle;
And it set him aflame all around,
Yet he did not recognize it;
And it burned him, but he [l](CJ)paid no attention.

Israel Redeemed

43 But now, this is what the Lord says, He who is your (CK)Creator, Jacob,
And He who (CL)formed you, Israel:
“Do not (CM)fear, for I have (CN)redeemed you;
I have (CO)called you by name; you are (CP)Mine!
When you (CQ)pass through the waters, (CR)I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you (CS)walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
For (CT)I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your (CU)Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
[m](CV)Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Since you are (CW)precious in My sight,
Since you are (CX)honored and I (CY)love you,
I will give other people in your place and other nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for (CZ)I am with you;
I will bring (DA)your offspring from the east,
And (DB)gather you from the west.
I will say to the (DC)north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My (DD)sons from afar
And My daughters from the (DE)ends of the earth,
Everyone who is (DF)called by My name,
And whom I have (DG)created for My (DH)glory,
(DI)Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Israel Is God’s Witness

Bring out the people who are (DJ)blind, even though they have eyes,
And those who are deaf, even though they have ears.
All the nations have (DK)gathered together
So that the peoples may be assembled.
Who among them can (DL)declare this
And proclaim to us the former things?
Let them present (DM)their witnesses so (DN)that they may be justified,
Or let them hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are (DO)My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And (DP)My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that (DQ)I am He.
(DR)Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
11 I, only I, am the Lord,
And there is no (DS)savior (DT)besides Me.
12 It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no (DU)strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And I am God.
13 Even [n](DV)from eternity (DW)I am He,
And there is (DX)no one who can rescue from My hand;
(DY)I act, and who can reverse it?”


  1. Isaiah 41:21 Lit Bring near
  2. Isaiah 41:25 I.e., the building material
  3. Isaiah 41:28 Lit out of those
  4. Isaiah 41:29 Another reading is nothing
  5. Isaiah 42:1 Or hold fast
  6. Isaiah 42:1 Or Gentiles
  7. Isaiah 42:4 Or instruction
  8. Isaiah 42:5 Or vegetation
  9. Isaiah 42:17 Or carved images
  10. Isaiah 42:19 Or the devoted one
  11. Isaiah 42:22 Or holes
  12. Isaiah 42:25 Lit did not lay it to heart
  13. Isaiah 43:3 Or Ethiopia
  14. Isaiah 43:13 As in LXX; MT from the day

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