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  • Isaiah 49:1-7

    The servant speaks up

    49 Listen to me, coastlands;
        pay attention, peoples far away.
    The Lord called me before my birth,
        called my name when I was in my mother’s womb.
    He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
        and hid me in the shadow of God’s own hand.
    He made me a sharpened arrow,
            and concealed me in God’s quiver,
        saying to me, “You are my servant,
            Israel, in whom I show my glory.”
    But I said, “I have wearied myself in vain.
        I have used up my strength for nothing.”
    Nevertheless, the Lord will grant me justice;
        my reward is with my God.
    And now the Lord has decided—
        the one who formed me from the womb as his servant—
        to restore Jacob to God,
        so that Israel might return to him.
        Moreover, I’m honored in the Lord’s eyes;
        my God has become my strength.
    He said: It is not enough, since you are my servant,
        to raise up the tribes of Jacob
        and to bring back the survivors of Israel.
        Hence, I will also appoint you as light to the nations
        so that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.

    The Lord, redeemer of Israel and its holy one,
        says to one despised,
        rejected by nations,
        to the slave of rulers:
        Kings will see and stand up;
        commanders will bow down
        on account of the Lord, who is faithful,
        the holy one of Israel,
        who has chosen you.