1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, ¶ my chosen one in whom I delight; ¶ I will put my Spirit on him, ¶ and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. ¶ In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4 he will not falter or be discouraged ¶ till he establishes justice on earth. ¶ In his teaching the islands will put their hope."
5 This is what God the LORD says — ¶ the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, ¶ who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, ¶ who gives breath to its people, ¶ and life to those who walk on it:
6 "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. ¶ I will keep you and will make you ¶ to be a covenant for the people ¶ and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison ¶ and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
8 "I am the LORD; that is my name! ¶ I will not yield my glory to another ¶ or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; ¶ before they spring into being ¶ I announce them to you."
10 Sing to the LORD a new song, ¶ his praise from the ends of the earth, ¶ you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, ¶ you islands, and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. ¶ Let the people of Sela sing for joy; ¶ let them shout from the mountaintops.
12 Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.
13 The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; ¶ with a shout he will raise the battle cry ¶ and will triumph over his enemies.
14 "For a long time I have kept silent, ¶ I have been quiet and held myself back. ¶ But now, like a woman in childbirth, ¶ I cry out, I gasp and pant.
15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; ¶ I will turn rivers into islands ¶ and dry up the pools.
16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; ¶ I will turn the darkness into light before them ¶ and make the rough places smooth. ¶ These are the things I will do; ¶ I will not forsake them.
17 But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,' ¶ will be turned back in utter shame.
18 "Hear, you deaf; ¶ look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? ¶ Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, ¶ blind like the servant of the LORD?
20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen."
21 It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness ¶ to make his law great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits ¶ or hidden away in prisons. ¶ They have become plunder, ¶ with no one to rescue them; ¶ they have been made loot, ¶ with no one to say, "Send them back."
23 Which of you will listen to this ¶ or pay close attention in time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? ¶ Was it not the LORD, ¶ against whom we have sinned? ¶ For they would not follow his ways; ¶ they did not obey his law.
25 So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. ¶ It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; ¶ it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.