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42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
42:14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
42:15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
42:18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant? 42:20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? 42:24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
42:25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 42

The character and Coming of Christ. (1-4) The blessings of his
kingdom. (5-12) The prevalence of true religion. (13-17)
Unbelief and blindness reproved. (18-25)

1-4 This Prophecy was fulfilled in Christ, Mt 12:17. Let our
souls rely On him, and rejoice in him; then, for his sake, the
Father will be Well-pleased with us. The Holy Spirit not only
came, but rested upon him, and without Measure. He patiently
bore the contradiction of sinners. His kingdom is spiritual; he
was not to appear with earthly honours. He is tender of those
oppressed with doubts and fears, as a bruised Reed; those who
are as smoking Flax, as the wick of a Lamp newly lighted, which
is ready to go out again. He will not despise them, nor lay upon
them more work or more suffering than they can Bear. By a long
course of miracles and his resurrection, he fully showed the
Truth of his holy religion. By the power of his Gospel and Grace
he fixes principles in the minds of men, which tend to make them
Wise and just. The most distant nations wait for his Law, wait
for his Gospel, and shall welcome it. If we would make our
Calling and election sure, and have the Father delight over us
for good, we must behold, hear, believe in, and obey Christ.

5-12 The work of Redemption brings back Man to the obedience he
owes to God as his Maker. Christ is the Light of the world. And
By his Grace he opens the understandings Satan has blinded, and
sets at liberty from the Bondage of Sin. The Lord has supported
his Church. And now he makes new promises, which shall as
certainly be fulfilled as the old ones were. When the Gentiles
are brought into the Church, he is glorified in them and By
them. Let us give to God those things which are his, taking heed
that we do not serve the Creature more than the Creator.

13-17 The Lord will appear in his power and Glory. He shall
cry, in the preaching of his Word. He shall cry aloud in the
Gospel woes, which must be preached with Gospel blessings, to
awaken a sleeping world. He shall conquer By the power of his
Spirit. And those that contradict and blaspheme his Gospel, he
shall Put to silence and shame; and that which hinders its
progress shall be taken out of the way. To those who By nature
were Blind, God will show the way to Life and happiness By Jesus
Christ. They are weak in knowledge, but He will make Darkness
Light. They are weak in duty, but their way shall be Plain.
Those whom God brings into the right way, he will guide in it.
This Passage is a Prophecy, and is also applicable to every
believer; for the Lord will never leave nor forsake them.

18-25 Observe the Call given to this people, and the character
given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that
which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance,
but carelessness. The Lord is Well-pleased in the making known
his own Righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all
their possessions. This fully came to pass in the Destruction of
the Jewish nation. There is No resisting, nor escaping God's
Anger. See the mischief Sin makes; it provokes God to Anger. And
those not humbled By lesser judgments, must expect greater.
Alas! how many professed Christians are Blind as the benighted
Heathen! While the Lord is Well-pleased in saving sinners
through the Righteousness of Christ he will also Glorify his
Justice, By punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured
out his wrath On his once-favoured people, because of their sins,
let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his
Rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.

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