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Isaiah 49:1-6 (New International Version)

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The Servant of the LORD

1 Listen1 to me, you islands;2 hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born3 the LORD called4 me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.5 2 He made my mouth6 like a sharpened sword,7 in the shadow of his hand8 he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow9 and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to me, "You are my servant,10 Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.11" 4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain12 and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand,13 and my reward14 is with my God."15 5 And now the LORD says-- he who formed me in the womb16 to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel17 to himself, for I am honored18 in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength19-- 6 he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant20 to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.21 I will also make you a light22 for the Gentiles,23 that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."24
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