Here is my servant
1 Here is my servant whom I uphold,
1 my chosen one in whom I delight.
1 I have put my spirit upon him,
1 and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He does not shout or raise his voice
2 proclamations are not heard in the streets.
3 A broken reed he will not crush,
3 nor will he snuff out the light
3 of the wavering wick.
3 He will make justice appear in truth.
4 He will not waver or be broken
4 until he has established justice on earth;
4 the islands are waiting for his law.
5 Thus says God, Yahweh,
5 who created the heavens and stretched them out,
5 who spread the earth and all that comes from it,
5 who gives life and breath to those who walk on it:
6 I, Yahweh, have called you for the sake of justice;
6 I will hold your hand to make you firm;
6 I will make you as a covenant to the people,
6 and as a light to the nations,
7 to open eyes that do not see,
7 to free captives from prison,
7 to bring out to light those who sit in darkness.
8 I am Yahweh, that is my name,
8 I will not give my glory to another;
8 or my praise to graven images.
9 See, the former things have come to pass,
9 and new things do I declare:
9 before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Song of victory
10 Sing a new song to Yahweh;
10 let his praise reach the ends of the earth.
10 Let the sea and all that it holds,
10 let the coastlands and their inhabitants
10 resound with song and praise of him.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities
11 lift up their voice,
11 together with the villages of Kedar.
11 Let the inhabitants of Sela sing,
11 and shout from the top of the mountain.
12 Let them give glory to Yahweh
12 and praise him in the far islands.
13 Yahweh comes like a mighty warrior,
13 he stirs up his fury before the fight.
13 He threatens, he raises the battlecry,
13 and he triumphs over his enemies.
14 For a long time I have been silent;
14 I have kept still and restrained myself,
14 I moaned like a woman in labor,
14 breathing and panting:
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills
15 and wither all their vegetation;
15 I will turn rivers into wasteland
15 and dry up the pools.
16 I will lead the blind by ways
16 which they do not know;
16 along unseen paths I will guide them.
16 I will turn darkness into light before them
16 and make the rough ground smooth.
16 These are the things that I will do,
16 and I will not forsake them.
17 But those who trust in graven images and say to idols, “You are our gods” will be turned back in shame.
18 Listen, O deaf,
18 look, O blind, that you may see!
19 Who is blind, but my servant,
19 or deaf as the messenger I send?
19 Who is blind but the one I am lifting up? Who is deaf but the servant of Yah weh?
20 You have seen many things without observing; your ears were open but without hearing.
21 It pleased Yahweh, the Just One,
21 that his Law receive glory and fame.
22 But this is a people robbed and plundered,
22 all of them ensnared in pits or languishing in prison.
22 They have become a prey,
22 with no one to rescue them;
22 they have become a spoil,
22 with no one to order, “Send them back!”
23 Who among you will give ear to this?
23 Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob to the spoilers
24 and Israel to the plunderers?
24 Was it not Yahweh,
24 against whom we have sinned,
24 in whose ways they would not walk,
24 and whose law they would not obey?
25 Therefore he poured out on them
25 the fury of his anger –
25 the violence of war.
25 It blazed round about them,
25 and they failed to know what it meant;
25 it burned and consumed them,
25 and they remained in bewilderment.