Isaiah 42:11-21 NIV

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

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12 Let them give glory5 to the LORD and proclaim his praise6 in the islands.7

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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17 But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,'24 will be turned back in utter shame.25

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Israel Blind and Deaf

18 "Hear, you deaf;26 look, you blind, and see!

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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?

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20 You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing."31

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21 It pleased the LORD for the sake32 of his righteousness to make his law33 great and glorious.

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