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Isaiah Chapter 42 | Parsha: Bere'shit

1This is My servant, whom I uphold,
My chosen one, in whom I delight.
I have put My spirit upon him,
He shall teach the true way to the nations.

2He shall not cry out or shout aloud,
Or make his voice heard in the streets.

3He shall not break even a bruised reed,
Or snuff out even a dim wick.
He shall bring forth the true way.

4He shall not grow dim or be bruised
Till he has established the true way on earth;
And the coastlands shall await his teaching.

5Thus said God the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and what it brings forth,
Who gave breath to the people upon it
And life to those who walk thereon:

6I the Lord, in My grace, have summoned you,
And I have grasped you by the hand.
I created you, and appointed you
A covenant people, a light of nations—

7Opening eyes deprived of light,
Rescuing prisoners from confinement,
From the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

8I am the Lord, that is My name;
I will not yield My glory to another,
Nor My renown to idols.

9See, the things once predicted have come,
And now I foretell new things,
Announce to you ere they sprout up.

10Sing to the Lord a new song,
His praise from the ends of the earth—
You who sail the sea and you creatures in it,
You coastlands and their inhabitants!

11Let the desert and its towns cry aloud,
The villages where Kedar dwells;
Let Sela’s inhabitants shout,
Call out from the peaks of the mountains.

12Let them do honor to the Lord,
And tell His glory in the coastlands.

13The Lord goes forth like a warrior,
Like a fighter He whips up His rage.
He yells, He roars aloud,
He charges upon His enemies.

14“I have kept silent far too long,
Kept still and restrained Myself;
Now I will scream like a woman in labor,
I will pant and I will gasp.

15Hills and heights will I scorch,
Cause all their green to wither;
I will turn rivers into isles,
And dry the marshes up.

16I will lead the blind
By a road they did not know,
And I will make them walk
By paths they never knew.
I will turn darkness before them to light,
Rough places into level ground.
These are the promises—
I will keep them without fail.

17Driven back and utterly shamed
Shall be those who trust in an image,
Those who say to idols,
‘You are our gods!’”

18Listen, you who are deaf;
You blind ones, look up and see!

19Who is so blind as My servant,
So deaf as the messenger I send?
Who is so blind as the chosen one,
So blind as the servant of the Lord?

20Seeing many things, he gives no heed;
With ears open, he hears nothing.

21The Lord desires His [servant’s] vindication,
That he may magnify and glorify [His] Teaching.

22Yet it is a people plundered and despoiled:
All of them are trapped in holes,
Imprisoned in dungeons.
They are given over to plunder, with none to rescue them;
To despoilment, with none to say “Give back!”

23If only you would listen to this,
Attend and give heed from now on!

24Who was it gave Jacob over to despoilment
And Israel to plunderers?
Surely, the Lord against whom they sinned
In whose ways they would not walk
And whose Teaching they would not obey.

25So He poured out wrath upon them,
His anger and the fury of war.
It blazed upon them all about, but they heeded not;
It burned among them, but they gave it no thought.

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