1“Behold, my servant whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delights. I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring justice to the nations.
2He will not shout, nor raise his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street.
3A bruised reed he will not break. A dimly burning wick he will not quench. He will faithfully bring forth justice.
4He will not fail nor be discouraged until he has established justice in the earth, and the islands will wait for his law.”
5This is what God Yahweh says— he who created the heavens and stretched them out, he who spread out the earth and what comes out of it, he who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it—
6“I, Yahweh, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand and will keep you, and set you as a covenant for the people, and a light for the nations,
7to open the eyes of the blind, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.
8I am Yahweh. That is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to carved images.
9Behold, the former things have happened, and I declare new things. I tell you about them before they come up.”
10Sing to Yahweh a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, the islands and their inhabitants.
11Let the wilderness and its cities raise their voices, with the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing. Let them shout from the top of the mountains!
12Let them give glory to Yahweh and declare his praise in the islands.
13Yahweh will go out like a mighty man. He will stir up zeal like a man of war. He will raise a war cry. Yes, he will shout aloud. He will triumph over his enemies.
14“I have been silent a long time. I have been quiet and restrained myself. Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant.
15I will destroy mountains and hills and dry up all their herbs. I will make the rivers islands and will dry up the pools.
16I will bring the blind by a way that they do not know. I will lead them in paths that they do not know. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. I will do these things, and I will not forsake them.
17They will be turned back and be utterly put to shame, those who trust in carved images, and who say to cast metal images, ‘You are our gods.’
18Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see.
19Who is blind but my servant? Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is as blind as he who is at peace, and as blind as Yahweh’s servant?
20You see many things, but do not observe. His ears are open, but he doesn’t listen.”
21It pleased Yahweh, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify the law and make it honorable.
22But this is a robbed and plundered people. All of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prisons. They have become a prey, and no one delivers; and a spoil, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
23Who is there among you who will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
24Who gave Jacob as plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Didn’t Yahweh, he against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in his ways, and they disobeyed his law.
25Therefore he poured the fierceness of his anger on him, and the strength of battle; and it set him on fire all around, but he didn’t know; and it burned him, but he didn’t take it to heart.