Isaiah 42:10-25 (New American Standard)

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10 Sing to the LORD a 1new song, Sing His praise from the 2end of the earth! 3You who go down to the sea, and 4all that is in it. You 5islands, and those who dwell on them. 11 Let the 6wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, The settlements where 7Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of 8Sela sing aloud, Let them shout for joy from the tops of the 9mountains. 12 Let them 10give glory to the LORD And declare His praise in the 11coastlands. 13 12The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His 13zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will 14prevail against His enemies.

The Blindness of the People

14 "15I 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 16lay waste the mountains and hills And wither all their vegetation; I will 17make the rivers into coastlands And dry up the ponds. 16 "I will 18lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will 19make darkness into light before them And 20rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will 21not leave them undone." 17 They will be turned back and be 22utterly put to shame, Who trust in aidols, Who say to molten images, "You are our gods." 18 23Hear, you deaf! And look, you blind, that you may see. 19 Who is blind but My 24servant, Or so deaf as My 25messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is b26at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the LORD? 20 27You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears. 21 The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake To make the law 28great and glorious. 22 But this is a people plundered and despoiled; All of them are 29trapped in ccaves, Or are 30hidden away in prisons; They have become a prey with none to deliver them, And a spoil, with none to say, "Give them back!" 23 Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter? 24 Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned, And in whose ways they 31were not willing to walk, And whose law they did not 32obey? 25 So He poured out on him the heat of His anger And the 33fierceness of battle; And it set him aflame all around, Yet he did not recognize it; And it burned him, but he d34paid no attention .
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