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The Servant, the Light to the Gentiles

49 “Listen, aO coastlands, to Me,

And take heed, you peoples from afar!

bThe Lord has called Me from the womb;

From the 1matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.

2 And He has made cMy mouth like a sharp sword;

dIn the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,

And made Me ea polished shaft;

In His quiver He has hidden Me.”

3 “And He said to me,

fYou are My servant, O Israel,

gIn whom I will be glorified.’

4 hThen I said, ‘I have labored in vain,

I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;

Yet surely my 2just reward is with the Lord,

And my 3work with my God.’ ”

5 “And now the Lord says,

Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,

To bring Jacob back to Him,

So that Israel iis 4gathered to Him

(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,

And My God shall be My strength),

6 Indeed He says,

‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant

To raise up the tribes of Jacob,

And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;

I will also give You as a jlight to the Gentiles,

That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

7 Thus says the Lord,

The Redeemer of Israel, 5their Holy One,

kTo Him 6whom man despises,

To Him whom the nation abhors,

To the Servant of rulers:

l“Kings shall see and arise,

Princes also shall worship,

Because of the Lord who is faithful,

The Holy One of Israel;

And He has chosen You.”

Thus says the Lord:

“In an macceptable 7time I have heard You,

And in the day of salvation I have helped You;

I will 8preserve You nand give You

As a covenant to the people,

To restore the earth,

To cause them to inherit the desolate 9heritages;

9 That You may say oto the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’

To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’

“They shall feed along the roads,

And their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.

10 They shall neither phunger nor thirst,

qNeither heat nor sun shall strike them;

For He who has mercy on them rwill lead them,

Even by the springs of water He will guide them.

11 sI will make each of My mountains a road,

And My highways shall be elevated.

12 Surely tthese shall come from afar;

Look! Those from the north and the west,

And these from the land of Sinim.”

13 uSing, O heavens!

Be joyful, O earth!

And break out in singing, O mountains!

For the Lord has comforted His people,

And will have mercy on His afflicted.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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