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Isaiah 42:3-4

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42:3 A crushed reed he will not break,

a dim wick he will not extinguish; 1 

he will faithfully make just decrees. 2 

42:4 He will not grow dim or be crushed 3 

before establishing justice on the earth;

the coastlands 4  will wait in anticipation for his decrees.” 5 

1 sn The “crushed reed” and “dim wick” symbolize the weak and oppressed who are on the verge of extinction.

2 tn Heb “faithfully he will bring out justice” (cf. NASB, NRSV).

3 tn For rhetorical effect the terms used to describe the “crushed (רָצַץ, ratsats) reed” and “dim (כָּהָה, kahah) wick” in v. 3 are repeated here.

4 tn Or “islands” (NIV); NLT “distant lands beyond the sea.”

5 tn Or “his law” (KJV, ASV, NASB, NIV) or “his instruction” (NLT).



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