my chosen, in whom my soul delights—
I have put my Spirit on him.
He will bring justice to the nations.
nor raise his voice,
nor cause it to be heard in the street.
He won’t quench a dimly burning wick.
He will faithfully bring justice.
until he has set justice in the earth,
and the islands will wait for his law.”
he who created the heavens and stretched them out,
he who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it,
he who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it.
and will hold your hand,
and will keep you,
and make you a covenant for the people,
as a light for the nations;
to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon,
and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.
That is my name.
I will not give my glory to another,
nor my praise to engraved images.
and I declare new things.
I tell you about them before they come up.”
and his praise from the end of the earth,
you who go down to the sea,
and all that is therein,
the islands and their inhabitants.
with the villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing.
Let them shout from the top of the mountains!
and declare his praise in the islands.
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.
I have been quiet and restrained myself.
Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant.
and dry up all their herbs.
I will make the rivers islands,
and will dry up the pools.
I will lead them in paths that they don’t know.
I will make darkness light before them,
and crooked places straight.
I will do these things,
and I will not forsake them.
who tell molten images,
‘You are our gods’
will be turned back.
They will be utterly disappointed.
and look, you blind,
that you may see.
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?
His ears are open, but he doesn’t listen.
and make it honorable.
All of them are snared in holes,
and they are hidden in prisons.
They have become a prey, and no one delivers;
and a plunder, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
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.
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.”