The LORD's Servant 42 1 Here is my servant! I have made him strong. He is my chosen one; I am pleased with him. I have given him my Spirit, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2He won't shout or yell or call out in the streets. 3He won't break off a bent reed or put out a dying flame, but he will make sure that justice is done. 4He won't quit or give up until he brings justice everywhere on earth, and people in foreign nations long for his teaching.   5 I am the LORD God. I created the heavens like an open tent above. I made the earth and everything that grows on it. I am the source of life for all who live on this earth, so listen to what I say. 6 I chose you to bring justice, and I am here at your side. I selected you and sent you[I] to bring light and my promise of hope to the nations. 7You will give sight to the blind; you will set prisoners free from dark dungeons.   8My name is the LORD! I won't let idols or humans share my glory and praise. 9Everything has happened just as I said it would; now I will announce what will happen next. Sing Praises to the LORD 10Tell the whole world to sing a new song to the LORD! Tell those who sail the ocean and those who live far away to join in the praise. 11Tell the tribes of the desert and everyone in the mountains[J] to celebrate and sing. 12Let them announce his praises everywhere. 13The LORD is marching out like an angry soldier, shouting with all his might while attacking his enemies. The LORD Will Help His People 14For a long time, I, the LORD, have held my temper; now I will cry out and groan like a woman giving birth. 15I will destroy the mountains and what grows on them; I will dry up rivers and ponds.   16I will lead the blind on roads they have never known; I will guide them on paths they have never traveled. Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling. This is my solemn promise.   17Everyone who worships idols as though they were gods will be terribly ashamed. God's People Won't Obey 18You people are deaf and blind, but the LORD commands you to listen and to see. 19No one is as blind or deaf as his messenger, his chosen servant, 20who sees and hears so much, but pays no attention.   21The LORD always does right, and so he wanted his Law to be greatly praised.[K] 22But his people were trapped and imprisoned in holes with no one to rescue them. All they owned had been taken, and no one was willing to give it back. 23Why won't his people ever learn to listen?   24Israel sinned and refused to obey the LORD or follow his instructions. So the LORD let us be robbed of everything we owned. 25He was furious with us and punished our nation with the fires of war. Still we paid no attention. We didn't even care when we were surrounded and scorched by flames.
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