The Lord's Chosen Servant

Isaiah 42

1 e Behold f my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, g in whom my soul delights;
h I have put my Spirit upon him;
i he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 j a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
k he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged 1
till he has established justice in the earth;
and l the coastlands wait for his law.

5 Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens m and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
n who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 "I am the Lord; o I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you p as a covenant for the people,
q a light for the nations,
7 r to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
s from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord; that is my name;
t my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,
u and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them."

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 12:18 - 20
    Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:8
    But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have...
    Isaiah 43:10
    You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and ...
    Isaiah 52:13
    Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall b...
    Isaiah 53:11
    Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and...
    Isaiah 42:19
    Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my mess...
    Ezekiel 34:24
    And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my serv...
    Zechariah 3:8
    Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and you...
    Acts 3:26
    God, having raised up his servant, sent him to ...
    Acts 4:27
    For truly in this city there were gathered toge...
    Philippians 2:7
    But made himself nothing, taking the form of a ...
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 3:17
    And behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:2
    And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
    Isaiah 61:1
    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 2:4
    He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:15
    For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 9:8
    And he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:9
    For the coastlands shall hope for me, the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your children from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because he has made you beautiful.
    Genesis 10:5
    From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations.
    Isaiah 2:3
    And many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
    Matthew 12:21
    And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:24
    Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: "I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.
    Isaiah 45:12
    I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
  10. Cross References
    Acts 17:25
    Nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:9
    You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off".
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:6
    He says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.
    Isaiah 49:8
    Thus says the Lord : "In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages.
  13. Cross References
    Luke 2:32
    A light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:5
    Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
    Isaiah 49:9
    Saying to the prisoners, 'Come out,' to those who are in darkness, 'Appear.' They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture.
    Isaiah 61:1
    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
    Hebrews 2:14 - 15
    Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.
  15. Cross References
    Luke 1:79
    To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 48:11
    For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 43:19
    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
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