The office of Christ, graced with meekness and constancy.
Isaiah 42:1 Behold my seruant whome I vphold, mine elect [in whom] my soule delighteth: I haue put my Spirit vpon him, he shall bring forth iudgement to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:2 Hee shall not crie, nor lift vp, nor cause his voyce to bee heard in the streete. Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not breake, and the smoking flaxe shall hee not quench: he shall bring forth iudgment vnto trueth. Isaiah 42:4 He shall not faile nor be discouraged, till he haue set iudgement in the earth: and the yles shall waite for his lawe.
God's promise unto him.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heauens, and stretched them out, he that spread foorth the earth and that which commeth out of it, he that giueth breath vnto the people vpon it, and spirit to them that walke therein: Isaiah 42:6 I the LORD haue called thee in righteousnes, and wil hold thine hand, and will keepe thee, and giue thee for a couenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles: Isaiah 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkenesse out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:8 I [am] the LORD; that [is] my name, and my glory will I not giue to another, neither my praise to grauen images. Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to passe, and new things doe I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
An exhortation to praise God for his Gospel.
Isaiah 42:10 Sing vnto the LORD a newe song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth: yee that goe downe to the sea, and all that is therein; the yles, and the inhabitants thereof. Isaiah 42:11 Let the wildernes and the cities thereof lift vp [their voyce], the villages that Kedar doeth inhabite: let the inhabitants of the rocke sing, let them shoute from the top of the mountaines. Isaiah 42:12 Let them giue glory vnto the LORD, and declare his praise in the Ilands. Isaiah 42:13 The LORD shall goe foorth as a mighty man, he shall stirre vp iealousie like a man of warre: he shall cry, yea roare; hee shall preuaile against his enemies. Isaiah 42:14 I haue long time holden my peace, I haue bene still [and] refrained my selfe: [now] wil I cry like a trauailing woman, I will destroy and deuoure at once. Isaiah 42:15 I will make waste mountaines and hilles, and dry vp all their herbes, and I will make the riuers Ilands, and I will dry vp the pooles. Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blinde by a way [that] they knew not, I will lead them in pathes [that] they haue not knowen: I wil make darkenesse light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I doe vnto them, and not forsake them.
He reproveth the people of incredulity.
Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned backe, they shalbe greatly ashamed, that trust in grauen images, that say to the moulten images; Ye are our gods. Isaiah 42:18 Heare ye deafe, and looke ye blinde that ye may see. Isaiah 42:19 Who [is] blinde, but my seruant? or deafe, as my messenger [that] I sent? who [is] blinde as he that [is] perfit, and blinde as the LORDS seruant? Isaiah 42:20 Seeing many things, but thou obseruest not: opening the eares, but he heareth not. Isaiah 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousnes sake, he will magnifie the Law, and make [it] honourable. Isaiah 42:22 But this [is] a people robbed and spoiled, they [are] all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a praye, & none deliuereth; for a spoile, and none saith, Restore. Isaiah 42:23 Who among you will giue eare to this? [who] will hearken, and heare for the time to come? Isaiah 42:24 Who gaue Iacob for a spoile, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the LORD, hee, against whom wee haue sinned? For they would not walke in his wayes, neither were they obedient vnto his Law. Isaiah 42:25 Therefore he hath powred vpon him the furie of his anger, and the strength of battell: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet hee knew not; and it burned him, yet hee layed [it] not to heart.