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.52
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.
He said to me, "You are my servant,10 Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.11"
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."155
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--