The office of Christ, graced with meekness and constancy.
Isaiah 42:1 Beholde, my seruaunt: I will stay vpon him: mine elect, in whom my soule deliteth: I haue put my Spirit vpo him: he shal bring forth iudgement to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:2 He shall not crie, nor lift vp, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streete. Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reede shall hee not breake, and the smoking flaxe shall he not quench: he shall bring foorth iudgement in 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 sayeth God the Lord (he that created the heauens and spred them abroad: he that stretched foorth the earth, and the buddes thereof: he that giueth breath vnto the people vpon it, and spirit to them that walke therein) Isaiah 42:6 I the Lorde haue called thee in righteousnesse, and will hold thine hand, and I will keepe thee, and giue thee for a couenant of the people, and for a light of the Gentiles, Isaiah 42:7 That thou maist open the eyes of the blind, and bring out the prisoners from the prison: and them that sitte in darkenesse, out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:8 I am the Lorde, this is my Name, and my glory wil I not giue to another, neither my praise to grauen images. Isaiah 42:9 Beholde, the former thinges are come to passe, and newe things doe I declare: before they come foorth, I tell you of them.
An exhortation to praise God for his Gospel.
Isaiah 42:10 Sing vnto the Lorde a newe song, and his praise from the ende 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 wildernesse and the cities thereof lift vp their voyce, the townes that Kedar doeth inhabite: let the inhabitants of the rocks sing: let them shoute from the toppe of the mountaines. Isaiah 42:12 Let them giue glorie vnto the Lorde, and declare his praise in the ylands. Isaiah 42:13 The Lord shal go forth as a gyant: he shal stirre vp his courage like a man of warre: he shall shout and crie, and shall preuaile against his enemies. Isaiah 42:14 I haue a long time holden my peace: I haue beene still and refrained my selfe: nowe will I crie like a trauailing woman: I will destroy and deuoure at once. Isaiah 42:15 I will make waste mountaines, and hilles, and drie vp all their herbes, and I will make the floods ylands, and I will drie vp the pooles. Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blinde by a way, that they knewe not, and lead them by paths that they haue not knowen: I will make darkenesse light before them, and crooked thinges straight. These thinges will I doe vnto them, and not forsake them.
He reproveth the people of incredulity.
Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned backe: they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in grauen images, and say to the molten images, Yee are our gods. Isaiah 42:18 Heare, ye deafe: and ye blinde, regarde, that ye may see. Isaiah 42:19 Who is blinde but my seruaunt? or deafe as my messenger, that I sent? who is blind as the perfit, and blinde as the Lordes seruant? Isaiah 42:20 Seeing many things, but thou keepest them not? opening the eares, but he heareth not? Isaiah 42:21 The Lorde is willing for his righteousnesse sake that he may magnifie the Lawe, and exalt it. Isaiah 42:22 But this people is robbed & spoiled, and shalbe all snared in dungeons, and they shalbe hid in prison houses: they shall be for a pray, and none shall deliuer: a spoile, and none shall say, Restore. Isaiah 42:23 Who among you shall hearken to this, and take heede, and heare for afterwardes? Isaiah 42:24 Who gaue Iaakob for a spoyle, and Israel to the robbers? Did not ye Lorde, because we haue sinned against him? for they woulde not walke in his waies, neither be obedient vnto his Lawe. Isaiah 42:25 Therefore hee hath powred vpon him his fierce wrath, and the strength of battell: and it set him on fire round about, and he knewe not, and it burned him vp, yet he considered not.