The office of Christ, graced with meekness and constancy.
Isaiah 42:1 Beholde now therfore, thys is my seruaunte whom I wyll kepe to my selfe: myne electe, In whom my soule shalbe pacified. I wyll geue hym my sprete, that he may shewe forth iudgement & equyte amonge the Gentyles. Isaiah 42:2 He shall not be an outcryer, ner an hye mynded person. Hys voyce shall not be hearde in the stretes. Isaiah 42:3 A brossed rede shall he not breake, and the smokyng flax shall he not quench, but faythfully and truly shall he geue iudgement. Isaiah 42:4 He shall nether be ouersene ner hastye, that he maye restore ryghtuousnes vnto the earth: and the gentyles also shall kepe his lawes.
God's promise unto him.
Isaiah 42:5 For thus sayeth God the Lord vnto hym (euen he that the made heauens, and spred them abrode & seth forth the earth with her increase, whych geueth breath vnto the people that is in it, & to them that dwell therin) Isaiah 42:6 I the Lorde haue called the in rightuousnesse, & led the by the hande. Therfore wyll I also defende the, and geue the for a couenaunt of the people, and to be þe lyght of þe Gentyles. Isaiah 42:7 That thou mayest open the eyes of the blynde, let out the prisoners, & them that syt in darknesse, out of the dongeon house. Isaiah 42:8 I my selfe, whose name is the Lorde, whych geue my power to none other nether myne honoure to the Goddes: Isaiah 42:9 shewe yow these newe tydynges, and tell you them or they come, for olde thynges also are come to passe.
An exhortation to praise God for his Gospel.
Isaiah 42:10 Synge therfore vnto the Lorde, a newe songe of thanckes geuynge, blowe out hys prayse vnto the ende of the world. They that be vpon the sea, and all that is therin, prayse hym, the Iles and they that dwell in them. Isaiah 42:11 Let the wyldernes with her cities lyft vp her voyce, the townes also that be in Cedar. Let them be glad that syt vpon rockes of stone, & let them crie downe from the hye mountaynes: Isaiah 42:12 ascribinge almightynes vnto the Lorde, and magnifying hym amonge the Gentyles. Isaiah 42:13 The Lord shal come forth as a gyaunte, and take a stomacke to hym lyke as a freshe man of warre. He shall roare and crye, and ouercome hys enemyes. Isaiah 42:14 I haue longe holden my peace (sayeth the Lorde) shulde I therfore be styll, and kepe sylence for euer? I wyll crye lyke a trauelynge woman, and ones wyl I destroye, & deuoure. Isaiah 42:15 I wyll make waste both mountayne & hyll, & drye vp euery grene thynge that groweth theron. I wyll drye vp the floudes of water, and drincke vp the ryuers. Isaiah 42:16 I will brynge the blynde into a strete, that they knowe not: & lede them into a fote path, that they are ignoraunt in. I shall make darckenesse light before them, and the thinge that is croked to be streyght. These thinges wyll I do, & not forget them.
He reproveth the people of incredulity.
Isaiah 42:17 And therfore let them conuerte, and be ashamed earnestlye, that hope in Idoles, and saye to fashyoned ymages: ye are oure godes. Isaiah 42:18 Heare, O ye deaf men, and sharpen youre sightes to se (O ye blynde.) Isaiah 42:19 But who is blinder, then my seruaunt? Or so deaf, as my messaungers, whom I sent vnto them? For who is so blinde as my people, & they þt haue the rule of them? Isaiah 42:20 They are lyke, as yf thou vnderstodest moch, & keptest nothyng: or yf one herde well, but were not obedient. Isaiah 42:21 The Lord be mercyfull vnto them for his rightuousnesse sake, that his worde myght be magnyfyed & praysed. Isaiah 42:22 But it is a myscheuous and wycked people. Their younge men belonge all to the snare, & shalbe shut into preson houses. They shalbe caryed awaye captyue, and no man shall lowse them. They shalbe troden vnder fote, & no man shall laboure to bringe them agayne. Isaiah 42:23 But who is he amonge you, that pondreth this in hys mynde, that consydreth it, & taketh it for a warnynge in tyme to come? Isaiah 42:24 Who suffred Iacob to be trodden vnder fote, and Israel to be spoyled? Dyd not the Lorde? Now haue we synned agaynst hym, & haue had no delyte to walcke in his wayes nether bene obedyent vnto his lawe. Isaiah 42:25 Therfore hath he poured vpon vs hys wrathfull dyspleasure, & stronge batell, whiche maketh vs haue to do on euery syde, yet wyll we not vnderstande: He burneth vs vp, yet syncketh it not in to oure hertes.