Isaiah 42:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 Let the desert1 and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar2 lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela3 sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.4 12 Let them give glory5 to the LORD and proclaim his praise6 in the islands.7 13 The LORD will march out like a mighty8 man, like a warrior9 he will stir up his zeal;10 with a shout11 he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.12 14 "For a long time I have kept silent,13 I have been quiet and held myself back.14 But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.15 15 I will lay waste16 the mountains17 and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up18 the pools. 16 I will lead19 the blind20 by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light21 before them and make the rough places smooth.22 These are the things I will do; I will not forsake23 them. 17 But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,'24 will be turned back in utter shame.25

Israel Blind and Deaf

18 "Hear, you deaf;26 look, you blind, and see! 19 Who is blind27 but my servant,28 and deaf like the messenger29 I send? Who is blind like the one committed30 to me, blind like the servant of the LORD? 20 You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing."31 21 It pleased the LORD for the sake32 of his righteousness to make his law33 great and glorious.
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