42 “Here is my servant [41:8; 43:10; 52:13; 53:11], the one I ·support [strengthen; uphold; C the first of four “servant songs” in Isaiah, concerning Israel, and applied to the mission and suffering of the Messiah; 42:1–7; 49:1–13; 50:4–11; 52:13—53:12]. He is ·the one I chose [my chosen], and ·I am pleased with [my soul delights in] him [Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Luke 9:35]. I have put my Spirit upon him [11:1–9], and he will bring justice to the nations [Matt. 12:18–20]. 2 He will not cry out or yell or speak loudly in the streets. 3 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; 4 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].”
5 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. 6 The Lord says, “I, the Lord, called you ·to do right [or to demonstrate my righteousness/justice; or by my righteous decree; L in righteousness], and I will hold your hand and ·protect [keep; guard] you. ·You will be the sign of my agreement with [L I will give/establish you as a covenant/treaty for] the people, a light to shine for ·all people [the nations/Gentiles; 49:6; Luke 2:32; Acts 13:47]. 7 You will ·help the blind to see [L open blind eyes]. You will free those who are in prison, and you will lead those who live in darkness out of their prison [35:5; 49:9; 61:1; Luke 4:18].
8 “I am the Lord. That is my name. I will not ·give [share; yield] my glory to another; I will not let idols take ·the praise that should be mine [L my praise]. 9 [L Look; T Behold] The ·things I said would happen [L former things] have happened, and now I ·tell you about [declare/announce] new things. Before those things ·happen [spring forth; sprout], I tell you about them.”
A Song of Praise to the Lord
10 Sing a ·new song [C celebrating victory; Ps. 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Rev. 5:9; 14:3] to the Lord; sing his praise ·everywhere on [L from the end of] the earth. Praise him, you people who ·sail on [go down to] the seas and ·you animals who live in them [L its fullness]. Praise him, you people living in ·faraway places [or islands; or coastlands]. 11 The ·deserts [wilderness] and their ·cities [towns] should ·praise him [shout; raise their voices]. The settlements of Kedar [C desert nomads, descended from Ishmael; Gen. 25:13] should praise him. The people living in Sela [C an Edomite city; 16:1] should sing for joy; they should shout from the mountaintops. 12 They should give glory to the Lord. People in ·faraway lands [or the islands; or the coastlands] should praise him. 13 The Lord will march out like a ·strong soldier [mighty man/hero]; he will ·be excited [arouse/stir up zeal] like a man ready to fight a war. He ·will shout out the battle cry [L shouts, indeed he cries out] and ·defeat [prevails/triumphs over] his enemies.
14 The Lord says, “For a long time I have ·said nothing [kept silent/still]; I have been ·quiet [still] and held myself back. But now I will cry out and ·strain [pant and gasp] like a woman giving birth to a child. 15 I will ·destroy [level; lay waste] the hills and mountains and dry up all their plants. I will make the rivers become ·dry land [L islands; or coastlands] and dry up the pools of water. 16 Then I will lead the blind along a way they never knew; I will guide them along paths they have not known. I will make the darkness become light for them, and the rough ground smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not ·leave [abandon; forsake] my people. 17 But those who trust in idols, who say to their ·statues [idols; carved images], ‘You are our gods’ will be ·rejected [turned away/back] in ·disgrace [shame; humiliations].
Israel Refused to Listen to the Lord
18 “You who are deaf, hear me. You who are blind, look and see. 19 ·No one [L Who…?] is more blind than my servant Israel or more deaf than the messenger I send. ·No one [L Who…?] is more blind than ·the person I own [or my covenant people] or more blind than the servant of the Lord. 20 Israel, you have seen much, but you have not ·obeyed [kept/guarded them]. ·You hear [Your ears are open], but you refuse to listen.” 21 The Lord ·made his teachings wonderful [L magnified and made glorious his instruction/law/Torah], because ·he is good [or of his righteousness]. 22 These people have been ·defeated and robbed [plundered and looted]. They are trapped in pits or ·locked up [hidden] in prison. ·Like robbers, enemies have taken them away [L They have become plunder], and there is no one to ·save [rescue] them. ·Enemies carried them off [L They have become loot], and no one said, “Bring them back.”
23 Will any of you listen to this? Will you ·listen carefully [pay attention] in the future? 24 Who ·let [gave up; handed over] ·the people of Jacob [L Jacob] ·be carried off [to the looter; for plunder]? Who let ·robbers [plunderers] take Israel away? ·The Lord[L Was it not the Lord who…?] allowed this to happen, because we sinned against him. We did not ·live the way he wanted us to live [L walk in his ways] and did not obey his ·teaching [law; instruction; L Torah]. 25 So he ·became very angry with us [L poured out on him his burning anger; C on Jacob/Israel] and brought ·terrible wars [the violence/L power of war] against ·us [L him]. It ·was as if the people of Israel had fire all around them [L enveloped him in flame], but they didn’t ·know what was happening [understand]. It ·was as if they were burning [L burned him up], but they didn’t ·pay any attention [lay/take it to heart].
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