The Mission of Yahweh’s Servant

1 Look! [here is] my servant; I hold him, my chosen one, [in whom] my soul delights. I have {put} my spirit on him; he will bring justice forth to the nations.

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    • a 42:1 - Literally "given"
      2 He will not cry out and lift up and make his voice heard in the street.
      3 He will not break a broken reed, and he not will extinguish a dim wick. He will bring justice forth in faithfulness.

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          4 He will not grow faint, and he will not be broken until he has established justice in the earth. And [the] coastlands wait for his teaching.
          5 Thus says the God, Yahweh, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it.
          6 "I [am] Yahweh; I have called you in righteousness, and I have grasped your hand and watched over you; and I have given you as a covenant of [the] people, as a light of [the] nations,
          7 to open [the] blind eyes, to bring [the] prisoner out from [the] dungeon, those who sit [in] darkness from [the] house of imprisonment.
          8 I [am] Yahweh; that [is] my name, and I do not give my glory to another, nor my praise to the idols.
          9 Look! the former things have come, and I declare new things. I {announce} [them] to you before they sprout up."

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            • c 42:9 - Literally "cause to hear"

              A Song of Praise to Yahweh

              10 Sing a new song to Yahweh; praise him from the end of the earth, you who go down [to] the sea and that which fills it, [the] coastlands and their inhabitants.

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                  11 Let [the] desert and its towns lift up their voice, [the] villages [that] Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy; let them shout loudly from [the] {top} of [the] mountains.

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                    • e 42:11 - Literally "head"
                      12 Let them give glory to Yahweh and declare his praise in the coastlands.

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                        • f 42:12 - Or "establish"
                          13 Yahweh goes forth like a mighty warrior; he stirs up zeal like a man of war. He raises the war cry, indeed he raises the battle shout; he prevails against his foes.
                          14 I have been silent for a long time; I have kept silent; I have restrained myself like one giving birth; I will moan, pant, and gasp together.
                          15 I will cause mountains and hills to dry up, and I will cause all their herbage to wither; and I will make rivers like islands, and I will cause pools to dry up.
                          16 And I will lead the blind by a road they do not know; I will cause [them] to tread on paths they have not known. I will make darkness {in their presence} into light and rough places into level ground. These [are] the things I will do, and I will not forsake them.

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                            • g 42:16 - Literally "before their face"
                              17 They shall turn back; they shall be {greatly ashamed}, those who trust in an image, who say to a cast image, "You [are] our gods."

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                                • h 42:17 - Literally "ashamed with shame"

                                  Blind and Deaf Israel

                                  18 Deaf people, listen! And blind people, look to see!

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                                      19 Who [is] blind but my servant or deaf like my messenger [whom] I sent? Who [is] blind like the one who is repaid or blind like the servant of Yahweh?

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                                          20 You see many [things], but you do not observe. [His] ears are open, but he does not hear.

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                                              21 Yahweh was willing for the sake of his righteousness; he showed [his] teaching to be great and proved [it] to be glorious.
                                              22 But this [is] a people plundered and looted; all of them are trapped in holes, and they are kept hidden in houses of imprisonment. They have become like plunder, and there is no one who saves; [like] booty, and there is no one who says, "Restore!"

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                                                  23 Who among you will heed this, will listen attentively and listen, for {the time to come}?

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                                                    • n 42:23 - Literally "later"
                                                      24 Who gave Jacob to a plunderer and Israel to those who plunder? [Was it] not Yahweh, against whom we have sinned? And they were not willing to walk in his ways, and they would not {obey} his law.

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                                                        • o 42:24 - The reading tradition (Qere) has "as plunder"
                                                          25 So he poured [the] wrath [of] his anger upon him and [the] strength of war. And it set him afire all around, but he did not understand; and it burned him, but he did not take [it] to heart.

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