The office of Christ, graced with meekness and constancy.
Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, I will uphold him: my elect, my soul delighteth in him: I have given my spirit upon him, he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:2 He shall not cry, nor have respect to person, neither shall his voice be heard abroad. Isaiah 42:3 The bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench, he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. Isaiah 42:4 He shall not be sad, nor troublesome, till he set judgment in the earth, and the islands shall wait for his law.
God's promise unto him.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith the Lord God that created the heavens, and stretched them out: that established the earth, and the things that spring out of it: that giveth breath to the people upon it, and spirit to them that tread thereon. Isaiah 42:6 I the Lord have called thee in justice, and taken thee by the hand, and preserved thee. And I have given thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles: Isaiah 42:7 That thou mightest open the eyes of the blind, and bring forth the prisoner out of prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:8 I the Lord, this is my name: I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to graven things. Isaiah 42:9 The things that were first, behold they are come: and new things do I declare: before they spring forth, I will make you hear them.
An exhortation to praise God for his Gospel.
Isaiah 42:10 Sing ye to the Lord a new song, his praise is from the ends of the earth: you that go down to the sea, and all that are therein: ye islands, and ye inhabitants of them. Isaiah 42:11 Let the desert and the cities thereof be exalted: Cedar shall dwell in houses: ye inhabitants of Petra, give praise, they shall cry from the top of the mountains. Isaiah 42:12 They shall give glory to the Lord, and shall declare his praise in the islands. Isaiah 42:13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, as a man of war shall he stir up zeal: he shall shout and cry: he shall prevail against his enemies. Isaiah 42:14 I have always held my peace, I have kept silence, I have been patient, I will speak now as a woman in labour: I will destroy, and swallow up at once. Isaiah 42:15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and will make all their grass to wither: and I will turn rivers into islands, and will dry up the standing pools. Isaiah 42:16 And I will lead the blind into the way which they know not: and in the paths which they were ignorant of I will make them walk: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight: these things have I done to them, and have not forsaken them.
He reproveth the people of incredulity.
Isaiah 42:17 They are turned back: let them be greatly confounded, that trust in a graven thing, that say to a molten thing: You are our god. Isaiah 42:18 Hear, ye deaf, and, ye blind, behold that you may see. Isaiah 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, but he to whom I have sent my messengers? Who is blind, but he that is sold? or who is blind, but the servant of the Lord? Isaiah 42:20 Thou that seest many things, wilt thou not observe them? thou that hast ears open, wilt thou not hear? Isaiah 42:21 And the Lord was willing to sanctify him, and to magnify the law, and exalt it. Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people that is robbed and wasted: they are all the snare of young men, and they are hid in the houses of prisons: they are made a prey, and there is none to deliver them: a spoil, and there is none that saith: Restore. Isaiah 42:23 Who is there among you that will give ear to this, that will attend and hearken for times to come? Isaiah 42:24 Who hath given Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to robbers? hath not the Lord himself, against whom we have sinned? And they would not walk in his ways, and they have not hearkened to his law. Isaiah 42:25 And he hath poured out upon him the indignation of his fury, and a strong battle, and hath burnt him round about, and he knew not: and set him on fire, and he understood not.