Isaiah 42:14-24 NIV

14 "For a long time I have kept silent,1 I have been quiet and held myself back.2 But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.3

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15 I will lay waste4 the mountains5 and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up6 the pools.

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16 I will lead7 the blind8 by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light9 before them and make the rough places smooth.10 These are the things I will do; I will not forsake11 them.

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17 But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,'12 will be turned back in utter shame.13

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Israel Blind and Deaf

18 "Hear, you deaf;14 look, you blind, and see!

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19 Who is blind15 but my servant,16 and deaf like the messenger17 I send? Who is blind like the one committed18 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."19

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21 It pleased the LORD for the sake20 of his righteousness to make his law21 great and glorious.

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22 But this is a people plundered22 and looted, all of them trapped in pits23 or hidden away in prisons.24 They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them;25 they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back."

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23 Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention26 in time to come?

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24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers?27 Was it not the LORD,28 against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow29 his ways; they did not obey his law.30

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