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Isaiah 42:1

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The Lord Commissions His Special Servant

42:1 1 “Here is my servant whom I support,

my chosen one in whom I take pleasure.

I have placed my spirit on him;

he will make just decrees 2  for the nations. 3 

Isaiah 42:3

Context

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).

3 sn Like the ideal king portrayed in Isa 11:1-9, the servant is energized by the divine spirit and establishes justice on the earth.

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).



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