1. "Behold, I have relied on my servant
and in your heart my soul is fulfilled,
and I shall pronounce judgment upon the nations.*
2.* "He shall not cry out,
He shall not lord it over anyone,
and His Voice shall not be heard in the marketplace.
3. "He shall not break the shattered reed,
nor extinguish the flickering lamp,
[for it is] wholesome justice that He imparts.
4. "He shall not extinguish nor flicker,
until He has consecrated the Law on earth,
and according to his Law the islands are circumcised."*
5. Thus said the Lord God,
who created the heavens and expanded them,
who* enveloped the earth
and everything in it by the firmament,*
who* gave [the capacity] to breath to the people in it
and the spirit by which to walk.
6. "I am the Lord who called you in holiness,
I took you* by the hand and empowered you;
I gave you the covenant for the people
and the enlightenment to the nations.
7. "And as to open the eyes of the blind
and free the prisoners from the house of captivity*
and free those who sat in darkness of the dungeon.*
8. "I am the Lord and this is my name,*
I neither give my glory to others,
nor to sculpted idols.
9. "I am showing you what is new,*
for those things that came first, behold, I already have,
and I still enlighten you with them
and keep telling* you about them."
10. This is the hymn of Isaiah:
glorify the Lord with a new hymn,
a glorification from the edges* of the earth;
the seas shall be moved by its words
and all the islands that live in them.
11. The wilderness and its towns shall rejoice,
and the riverside* grass shall be appreciated,
the cliff settlers shall sing hymns*
and they shall cry out from the mountaintops.
12. And they shall give glory to the Lord,
and his glory they shall show in the islands.
13. The Lord shall emerge like a giant
and like a man of war he shall pounce with vigilance,
he shall cry out and be valiant and kill his enemies.
14. "Silent, from time immemorial I have remained silent,*
I have been patient like a woman giving birth,*
benumbed and bedazzled at once.
15. "I shall destroy the mountains and the hills;*
I shall dry up all the vegetation,
I shall turn the rivers into islands,*
and I shall dry up the lakes.
16. "I shall fetch the blind [along] roads they did not know,
and I shall have them walk [along] paths that they did not travel,
I shall make the darkness before them into light,*
and I shall smooth out the rugged [terrain] --
these oracles I shall decree for them and never renounce.*
17. They are going backwards*
and shall be put to shame,
those who put their reliance on the sculpted [idols]
and say to the sawed off [wood,]
"You are our gods."
18. "The sorcerers listened
and the blind learned and saw.
19. "Who is blind except for my servants?
Or dumb like my angel* that I sent?
Who is blind like the ruler,
and blind like the servant of the Lord?"*
20. "I looked carefully* but you were not observant;*
and I opened the ears, but* you did not listen."
21. The Lord wished -- because of his holiness --
to magnify the Law, that they may celebrate it.
22. Thus* they became the plundered and oppressed nation,
the young men became frivolous and hid in prisons*
and were plundered with no one to deliver them
and oppressed without anyone going back.
23. Who among you will hear this?
And [who among you] listens and hears until the end?
24. Who gave Jacob to be trampled and Israel to be plundered?
Was it not the Lord on account that they sinned against Him,
and did not wish to walk in His Ways
and did not heed His Law?
25. He cast upon them the wrath of his anger,
and the war's violence burned them from all around
and they did not notice, and the fire engulfed them
but they did not come to their senses.*
*42:1 NB! Regarding Isaiah.
*42:2 NB! From this verse onwards the reference is to Eashoa (Jesus.)
*42:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "The circumcised are taught," or "the islands are educated."
*42:5.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*42:5.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Skied the earth and everything in it."
*42:5.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*42:6 NB! Speaking of Isaiah.
*42:7.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "State of Siege."
*42:7.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of Prisoners."
*42:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Inna-nah Maryah o-hannah shimmi," or "I am I, the Lord, and this is my name."
*42:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Newness I show."
*42:9.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Radiate."
*42:9.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Make them available to you."
*42:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lips."
*42:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Meadows."
*42:11.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Glorify."
*42:14.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Silent from eternity I am silent."
*42:14.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Having given Hope as a birther."
*42:15.1 NB! All these references to mountains, hills, rivers, etc., are metaphors for nations, tribes, regions, etc.
*42:15.2 NB! Dry up the waters, so islands appear where the rivers left sedimentation.
*42:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Daylight."
*42:16.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "These utterances I shall perform for them and I shall not abandon them."
*42:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Shamed by shamefulness."
*42:19.1 Lit. Ar. id.: or: "Apostle," or "messenger."
*42:19.2 NB! The entire passage is in the ironic sense. It criticizes those who are supposed to be the chosen of the Lord. In other words, "Why are my servants, my apostles, my rulers, all so blind and dumb?"
*42:20.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "I looked much."
*42:20.2 NB! Reference to the observance of the Law.
*42:20.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*42:22.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*42:22.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Houses of prisoners."
*42:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Endures in faith."
*42:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Come to awareness."
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