"I, the LORD, have called1 you in righteousness;2 I will take hold of your hand.3 I will keep4 you and will make you to be a covenant5 for the people and a light6 for the Gentiles,77
to open eyes that are blind,8 to free9 captives from prison10 and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.118
"I am the LORD;12 that is my name!13 I will not give my glory to another14 or my praise to idols.159
See, the former things16 have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce17 them to you."
Sing18 to the LORD a new song,19 his praise20 from the ends of the earth,21 you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,22 you islands,23 and all who live in them.
Let the desert24 and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar25 lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela26 sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.2712
Let them give glory28 to the LORD and proclaim his praise29 in the islands.3013
The LORD will march out like a mighty31 man, like a warrior32 he will stir up his zeal;33 with a shout34 he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.3514
"For a long time I have kept silent,36 I have been quiet and held myself back.37 But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.3815
I will lay waste39 the mountains40 and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up41 the pools.
I will lead42 the blind43 by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light44 before them and make the rough places smooth.45 These are the things I will do; I will not forsake46 them.