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Isaiah 42:1–4

The Lord’s Chosen Servant

42 eBehold fmy servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen, gin whom my soul delights;

hI have put my Spirit upon him;

ihe will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,

or make it heard in the street;

ja bruised reed he will not break,

and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

khe will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be discouraged1

till he has established justice in the earth;

and lthe coastlands wait for his law.

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Isaiah 42:1–4 — The New International Version (NIV)

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out,

or raise his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

he will not falter or be discouraged

till he establishes justice on earth.

In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

Isaiah 42:1–4 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Behold my servant, whom I uphold;

Mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth;

I have put my spirit upon him:

He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

He shall not cry, nor lift up,

Nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

A bruised reed shall he not break,

And the smoking flax shall he not quench:

He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

He shall not fail nor be discouraged,

Till he have set judgment in the earth:

And the isles shall wait for his law.

Isaiah 42:1–4 — New Living Translation (NLT)

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.

He is my chosen one, who pleases me.

I have put my Spirit upon him.

He will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout

or raise his voice in public.

He will not crush the weakest reed

or put out a flickering candle.

He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.

He will not falter or lose heart

until justice prevails throughout the earth.

Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”

Isaiah 42:1–4 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,

My Elect One in whom My soul delights!

I have put My Spirit upon Him;

He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,

Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

A bruised reed He will not break,

And smoking flax He will not quench;

He will bring forth justice for truth.

He will not fail nor be discouraged,

Till He has established justice in the earth;

And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

Isaiah 42:1–4 — New Century Version (NCV)

“Here is my servant, the one I support.

He is the one I chose, and I am pleased with him.

I have put my Spirit upon him,

and he will bring justice to all nations.

He will not cry out or yell

or speak loudly in the streets.

He will not break a crushed blade of grass

or put out even a weak flame.

He will truly bring justice;

he will not lose hope or give up

until he brings justice to the world.

And people far away will trust his teachings.”

Isaiah 42:1–4 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set justice in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.

Isaiah 42:1–4 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Behold my servant whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my soul delighteth! I will put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the nations. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment according to truth. He shall not faint nor be in haste, till he have set justice in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Isaiah 42:1–4 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Here is my servant, whom I support.

Here is my chosen one, with whom I am pleased.

I have put my Spirit on him.

He will bring justice to the nations.

He will not cry out or raise his voice.

He will not make his voice heard in the streets.

He will not break off a damaged cattail.

He will not even put out a smoking wick.

He will faithfully bring about justice.

He will not be discouraged or crushed

until he has set up justice on the earth.

The coastlands will wait for his teachings.

Isaiah 42:1–4 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“This is My Servant; I strengthen Him,

this is My Chosen One; I delight in Him.

I have put My Spirit on Him;

He will bring justice to the nations.

He will not cry out or shout

or make His voice heard in the streets.

He will not break a bruised reed,

and He will not put out a smoldering wick;

He will faithfully bring justice.

He will not grow weak or be discouraged

until He has established justice on earth.

The islands will wait for His instruction.”

Isaiah 42:1–4 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;

he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,

or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,

and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed

until he has established justice in the earth;

and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Isaiah 42:1–4 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Look! here is my servant; I hold him,

my chosen one, in whom my soul delights.

I have put my spirit on him;

he will bring justice forth to the nations.

He will not cry out and lift up

and make his voice heard in the street.

He will not break a broken reed,

and he will not extinguish a dim wick.

He will bring justice forth in faithfulness.

He will not grow faint,

and he will not be broken

until he has established justice in the earth.

And the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Isaiah 42:1–4 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

“Here is my servant. I take good care of him.

I have chosen him. I am very pleased with him.

I will put my Spirit on him.

He will make everything right among the nations.

He will not shout or cry out.

He will not raise his voice in the streets.

He will not break a bent twig.

He will not put out a dimly burning flame.

He will be faithful and make everything right.

He will not grow weak or lose hope.

He will not give up until he makes everything right on the earth.

The islands will put their hope in his law.”

Isaiah 42:1–4 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold;

My chosen one in whom My soul delights.

I have put My Spirit upon Him;

He will bring forth justice to the nations.

“He will not cry out or raise His voice,

Nor make His voice heard in the street.

“A bruised reed He will not break

And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;

He will faithfully bring forth justice.

“He will not be disheartened or crushed

Until He has established justice in the earth;

And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”