my chosen one in whom I take pleasure.
I have placed my spirit on him;
42:3 A crushed reed he will not break,
a dim wick he will not extinguish; 4
he will faithfully make just decrees. 5
1 sn Verses 1-7 contain the first of Isaiah’s “servant songs,” which describe the ministry of a special, ideal servant who accomplishes God’s purposes for Israel and the nations. This song depicts the servant as a just king who brings justice to the earth and relief for the oppressed. The other songs appear in 49:1-13; 50:4-11; and 52:13-53:12.
2 tn Heb “he will bring out justice” (cf. ASV, NASB, NRSV).
4 sn The “crushed reed” and “dim wick” symbolize the weak and oppressed who are on the verge of extinction.
5 tn Heb “faithfully he will bring out justice” (cf. NASB, NRSV).