The office of Christ, graced with meekness and constancy.
Isaiah 42:1 Lo, My servant, I take hold on him, My chosen oneMy soul hath accepted, I have put My Spirit upon him, Judgment to nations he bringeth forth. Isaiah 42:2 He doth not cry, nor lift up, Nor cause his voice to be heard, in the street. Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed he breaketh not, And dim flax he quencheth not, To truth he bringeth forth judgment. Isaiah 42:4 He doth not become weak nor bruised, Till he setteth judgment in the earth, And for his law isles wait with hope.
God's promise unto him.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus said God, Jehovah, preparing The heavens, and stretching them out, Spreading out the earth and its productions, Giving breath to the people on it, And spirit to those walking in it. Isaiah 42:6 I, Jehovah, did call thee in righteousness, And I lay hold on thy hand, and keep thee, And I give thee for a covenant of a people, And a light of nations. Isaiah 42:7 To open the eyes of the blind, To bring forth from prison the bound one, From the house of restraint those sitting in darkness. Isaiah 42:8 I [am] Jehovah, this [is] My name, And Mine honour to another I give not, Nor My praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:9 The former things, lo, have come, And new things I am declaring, Before they spring up I cause you to hear.
An exhortation to praise God for his Gospel.
Isaiah 42:10 Sing to Jehovah a new song, His praise from the end of the earth, Ye who are going down to the sea, and its fulness, Isles, and their inhabitants. Isaiah 42:11 The wilderness and its cities do lift up [the voice], The villages Kedar doth inhabit, Sing do the inhabitants of Sela, From the top of mountains they cry. Isaiah 42:12 They ascribe to Jehovah honour, And His praise in the isles they declare. Isaiah 42:13 Jehovah as a mighty one goeth forth. As a man of war He stirreth up zeal, He crieth, yea, He shrieketh, Against His enemies He showeth Himself mighty. Isaiah 42:14 I have kept silent from of old, I keep silent, I refrain myself, As a travailing woman I cry out, I desolate and swallow up together. Isaiah 42:15 I make waste mountains and hills, And all their herbs I dry up, And I have made rivers become isles, And ponds I dry up. Isaiah 42:16 And I have caused the blind to go, In a way they have not known, In paths they have not known I cause them to tread, I make a dark place before them become light, And unlevelled places become a plain, These [are] the things I have done to them, And I have not forsaken them.
He reproveth the people of incredulity.
Isaiah 42:17 Removed backwardutterly ashamed, Are those trusting in a graven image, Those saying to a molten image, 'Ye [are] our gods.' Isaiah 42:18 Ye deaf, hear; and ye blind, look to see. Isaiah 42:19 Who [is] blind but My servant? And deaf as My messenger I send? Who [is] blind as he who is at peace, Yea, blind, as the servant of Jehovah? Isaiah 42:20 Seeing many things, and thou observest not, Opening ears, and he heareth not. Isaiah 42:21 Jehovah hath delight for the sake of His righteousness, He magnifieth law, and maketh honourable. Isaiah 42:22 And this [is] a people seized and spoiled, Snared in holesall of them, And in houses of restraint they were hidden, They have been for a prey, And there is no deliverer, A spoil, and none is saying, 'Restore.' Isaiah 42:23 Who among you giveth ear [to] this? Attendeth, and heareth afterwards. Isaiah 42:24 Who hath given Jacob for a spoil, And Israel to the spoilers? Is it not JehovahHe against whom we sinned? Yea, they have not been willing in His ways to walk, Nor have they hearkened to His law. Isaiah 42:25 And He poureth on him fury, His anger, and the strength of battle, And it setteth him on fire round about, And he hath not known, And it burneth against him, and he layeth it not to heart!