The office of Christ, graced with meekness and constancy.
Isaiah 42:1 Beholde, this is my seruaunte vpon whom I leane, myne electe, In whom my soule is pacifyed. I haue geuen hym my sprete, that he maye shewe forth iudgement and equitye among the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:2 He shall not be an outcrier, ner lyfte vp his voyce. His voyce shal not be hearde in the stretes. Isaiah 42:3 And a brosed rede shall he not breake, and the smoking flaxe shall he not quench: but faythfully and truly shall be geue iudgement, Isaiah 42:4 not be pensyue nor carefull, that he maye restore ryghteousnes vnto the earth, and the Gentyles also shal kepe his lawes.
God's promise unto him.
Isaiah 42:5 For thus sayeth God the Lorde vnto hym (euen he that made the heauens, and spred them abrode, and set forth the earth wt her increase: which geueth breath vnto the people that is in it, and spirite to them that dwell therin) Isaiah 42:6 I the Lord haue called the in ryghteousnes, and led the by the hande. Therfore wyll I also defende the, and geue the for a couenaunnt of the people, and to be the lyght of the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:7 That thou mayest open þe eyes of the blynde, let out þe prisoners from ther bondes & them that syt in darcknesse, out of the dongeon house. Isaiah 42:8 Euen I am the Lorde, and this is my name: And my glory wyll I geue to none other, nether myne honoure to grauen ymages. Isaiah 42:9 Beholde, olde thinges are come to passe, & new thynges do I declare. And or euer they come, I tell you of them.
An exhortation to praise God for his Gospel.
Isaiah 42:10 Synge vnto the Lorde, a newe songe of thanckesgeuinge, blowe out his prayse from the ende of the worlde. They that be vpon the see, and all that is therin, prayse hym, þe Iles and they that dwell in them. Isaiah 42:11 Let the wyldernes with the cyties lifte vp her voyce, þe townes also that they of Cedar dwell in. Lett them be glad that syt vpon rockes of stone, and let them crye downe from the hye mountaynes: Isaiah 42:12 ascrybynge glorye vnto the Lorde, and magnifyinge hym amonge the Gentyles. Isaiah 42:13 The Lorde shall come forth as a gyaunte, and take a stomack to him lyke as a fresh man of warre. He shall roare & crie, & ouercome his enemies. Isaiah 42:14 I haue longe holden my peace (sayeth the Lorde) I haue bene styll and refrayned my selfe, but nowe I wyll crye lyke a trauelynge woman, & at once wyll I destroye, and deuoure. Isaiah 42:15 I will make wayste both mountayne and hill, & drye vp euery grene thing þt groweth theron. I will drye vp the floudes of water, and drincke vp the ryuers. Isaiah 42:16 I wyll bring the blinde into a strete, that they knowe not. and lede them into a fote path, that they are ignoraunt in. I shall make darcknesse lyght before them, and the thynge that is croked to be streyght. These thinges haue I done vnto them, and not forsaken them:
He reproveth the people of incredulity.
Isaiah 42:17 They are fallen backe yee, and let them be ashamed earnestly, that hope in Idoles, & saye to fashyoned ymages: ye are oure goddes. Isaiah 42:18 Heare, O ye deafe men, and sharpen youre syghtes to se (O ye blinde.) Isaiah 42:19 Who is blinde, but my seruaunt? Or so deafe, as my messaunger, whom I sent vnto them? For who is so blynde (faye they) as the perfecte man and so blynde as the Lordes seruaunte? Isaiah 42:20 Thou vnderstondest moch, and kepest nothynge: the eares are open, & no man heareth. Isaiah 42:21 The Lorde is mercyfull vnto them for his ryghteousnesse sake: that his worde myght be magnifyed and praysed. Isaiah 42:22 But the people them selues is robbed and troden vnder the fote chayned in dongeons and they all (I saye) be shut into preson houses. They be caryed awaye captiue and no man doth lowse them: They be troden vnder fote, and no man doth laboure to bring them agayne. Isaiah 42:23 But who is he amonge you, þt pondreth this, that consydreth it, & taketh it for a warnynge in tyme to come? Isaiah 42:24 Who suffred Iacob to be troaden vnder fote, and Israel to be spoyled? Dyd not the Lord? Because we haue synned agaynst him & haue had no delyte to walke in his wayes, nether bene obedient vnto his lawe. Isaiah 42:25 Therfore hath he poured vpon hym hys wrathfull displeasure, and stronge battayll, which fyreth hym on euery syde, yet wyll he not vnderstande. He burneth hym vp, yet syncketh it not into hys herte.