hear this, you distant nations:
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.w
in the shadow of his handz he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrowa
and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, “You are my servant,b
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.c”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;d
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,e
he who formed me in the wombh to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israeli to himself,
and my God has been my strengthk—
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servantl
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.m
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”p
Or him, / but Israel would not be gathered; / yet I will be
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