Isaiah 49:3

NET ©

He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, through whom I will reveal my splendor.”

NIV ©

He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendour."

NASB ©

He said to Me, "You are My Servant, Israel, In Whom I will show My glory."

NLT ©

He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory."

MSG ©

He said to me, "You're my dear servant, Israel, through whom I'll shine."

BBE ©

And he said to me, You are my servant, Israel, in whom my glory will be seen;

NRSV ©

And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified."

NKJV ©

"And He said to me, ‘You are My servant, O Israel, In whom I will be glorified.’

KJV
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unto me, Thou [art] my servant
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O Israel
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in whom I will be glorified
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NET © [draft] ITL
He said
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to me, “You
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are my servant
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, Israel
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, through whom
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I will reveal
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my splendor.”
NET © Notes

sn This verse identifies the servant as Israel. This seems to refer to the exiled nation (cf. 41:8-9; 44:1-2, 21; 45:4; 48:20), but in vv. 5-6 this servant says he has been commissioned to reconcile Israel to God, so he must be distinct from the exiled nation. This servant is an ideal “Israel” who, like Moses of old, mediates a covenant for the nation (see v. 8), leads them out of bondage (v. 9a), and carries out God’s original plan for Israel by positively impacting the pagan nations (see v. 6b). By living according to God’s law, Israel was to be a model of God’s standards of justice to the surrounding nations (Deut 4:6-8). The sinful nation failed, but the servant, the ideal “Israel,” will succeed by establishing justice throughout the earth.