my chosen one in whom I take pleasure.
I have placed my spirit on him;
before establishing justice on the earth;
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).
5 tn Or “islands” (NIV); NLT “distant lands beyond the sea.”
6 tn Or “his law” (KJV, ASV, NASB, NIV) or “his instruction” (NLT).