42“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations.H5650H8551H972H5315H7521H5414H7307H3318H4941H1471 2He will not shout or raise his voice in public.H6817H5375H6963H8085H2351 3He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.H7533H7070H7665H3544H6594H3518H3318H4941H571 4He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”H3543H7533H7760H4941H776H339H3176H8451 5God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. And it is he who says,H559H410H3068H1254H8064H5186H7554H776H6631H5414H5397H5971H7307H1980 6“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations.H3068H7121H6664H2388H3027H5341H5414H1285H5971H216H1471 7You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.H6491H5787H5869H3318H616H4525H3427H2822H3608H1004 8“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.H3068H8034H3519H5414H312H8416H6456 9Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens.”H7223H935H2319H5046H6779H8085 10Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing his praises from the ends of the earth! Sing, all you who sail the seas, all you who live in distant coastlands.H7891H3068H2319H7892H8416H7097H776H3381H3220H4393H339H3427 11Join in the chorus, you desert towns; let the villages of Kedar rejoice! Let the people of Sela sing for joy; shout praises from the mountaintops!H4057H5892H5375H2691H6938H3427H3427H5553H7442H6681H7218H2022 12Let the whole world glorify the Lord; let it sing his praise.H7760H3519H3068H5046H8416H339 13The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies.H3068H3318H1368H5782H7068H376H4421H7321H6873H1396H341 14He will say, “I have long been silent; yes, I have restrained myself. But now, like a woman in labor, I will cry and groan and pant.H5769H2814H2790H662H6463H3205H5395H8074H7602H3162 15I will level the mountains and hills and blight all their greenery. I will turn the rivers into dry land and will dry up all the pools.H2717H2022H1389H3001H6212H7760H5104H339H3001H98 16I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.H3212H5787H1870H3045H1869H5410H3045H7760H4285H216H6440H4625H4334H1697H6213H5800 17But those who trust in idols, who say, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned away in shame.H5472H268H1322H954H982H6459H559H4541H430 18“Listen, you who are deaf! Look and see, you blind!H8085H2795H5027H5787H7200 19Who is as blind as my own people, my servant? Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people, the servant of the Lord?H5787H5650H2795H4397H7971H5787H7999H5787H3068H5650 20You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.”H7200H7200H7227H8104H6491H241H8085 21Because he is righteous, the Lord has exalted his glorious law.H3068H2654H6664H1431H8451H142 22But his own people have been robbed and plundered, enslaved, imprisoned, and trapped. They are fair game for anyone and have no one to protect them, no one to take them back home.H5971H962H8154H6351H2352H970H2244H3608H1004H957H5337H4933H559H7725 23Who will hear these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you in the future?H238H7181H8085H268 24Who allowed Israel to be robbed and hurt? It was the Lord, against whom we sinned, for the people would not walk in his path, nor would they obey his law.H5414H3290H4933H4882H3478H962H3068H2098H2398H14H1980H1870H8085H8451 25Therefore, he poured out his fury on them and destroyed them in battle. They were enveloped in flames, but they still refused to understand. They were consumed by fire, but they did not learn their lesson.H8210H2534H639H5807H4421H3857H5439H3045H1197H7760H3820
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