49 Everyone, listen, even you foreign nations across the sea. The Lord chose me and gave me a name before I was born. 2 He made my words pierce like a sharp sword or a pointed arrow; he kept me safely hidden in the palm of his hand. 3 The Lord said to me, “Israel, you are my servant; and because of you I will be highly honored.”
4 I said to myself, “I’m completely worn out; my time has been wasted. But I did it for the Lord God, and he will reward me.”
5 Even before I was born, the Lord God chose me to serve him and to lead back the people of Israel. So the Lord has honored me and made me strong.
6 Now the Lord says to me, “It isn’t enough for you to be merely my servant. You must do more than lead back survivors from the tribes of Israel. I have placed you here as a light for other nations; you must take my saving power to everyone on earth.”
The Lord Will Rescue His People
7 Israel, I am the holy Lord God, the one who rescues you. You are slaves of rulers and of a nation who despises you.[a] Now this is what I promise: Kings and rulers will honor you by kneeling at your feet. You can trust me! I am your Lord, the holy God of Israel, and you are my chosen ones.
49.7You. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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