The Servant of the Lord
1Here is my servant* whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, b Is 45, 6; 49, 6 . 2Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. 3A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,* 4Until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands* will wait for his teaching.
5Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, Who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: 6I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, c Is 45, 13 . 7To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. 8I am the LORD, this is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. 9See, the earlier things have come to pass, new ones I now foretell; Before they spring into being, I announce them to you.
The Salvation of Israel despite Its Sins
10Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth: Let the sea and what fills it resound, the coastlands, and those who dwell in them. 11Let the steppe and its cities cry out, the villages where Kedar* dwells; Let the inhabitants of Sela exult, and shout from the top of the mountains. 12Let them give glory to the LORD, and utter his praise in the coastlands. 13The LORD goes forth like a hero, like a warrior he stirs up his ardor; He shouts out his battle cry, against his enemies he shows his might: d Ex 14, 3 . 14I have looked away, and kept silence, I have said nothing, holding myself in; But now, I cry out as a woman in labor, gasping and panting. 15I will lay waste mountains and hills, all their herbage I will dry up; I will turn the rivers into marshes, and the marshes I will dry up. e Ex 9, 25; 10, 15; 14, 21; Ps 105, 33ff . 16I will lead the blind on their journey; by paths unknown I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight. These things I do for them, and I will not forsake them. f Ex 13, 21 . 17They shall be turned back in utter shame who trust in idols; Who say to molten images, “You are our gods.” 18You who are deaf, listen,* you who are blind, look and see! 19Who is blind but my servant, or deaf like the messenger I send? 20You see many things without taking note; your ears are open, but without hearing. 21Though it pleased the LORD in his justice to make his law great and glorious, 22This is a people* despoiled and plundered, all of them trapped in holes, hidden away in prisons. They are taken as booty, with no one to rescue them, as spoil, with no one to demand their return. 23Who of you gives ear to this? Who listens and pays heed for the time to come? 24Who was it that gave Jacob to be plundered, Israel to the despoilers?* Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? In his ways they refused to walk, his law they disobeyed. 25So he poured out wrath upon them, his anger, and the fury of battle; It blazed round about them, yet they did not realize, it burned them, but they took it not to heart.