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Isaiah 42

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Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. 5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: 6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. 9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

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This is one of four so-called servant songs in Isaiah (the others are 49:1-6, 50:4-9, 52:13-53:12) and is steeped in imagery used in Judaism and Christianity alike. For Judaism this proclaims a strong monotheism and suggests that Israel is the shining light to all the nations (a universal example and message). The servant may be Jacob, Moses or the nation of Israel. Second Isaiah's monotheism is the strongest yet in the Old Testament as YHWY is not just the God among gods, but is the only God. Christianity often associates it with Jesus and in Luke 2:32 Simeon even paraphrases this passage in reference to Jesus. Again, the main reference here is that Israel will be the beacon of justice, the example to the nations as result of this second exodus (back to Jerusalem from Babylon).


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