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A crushed reed he will not break,
    and a fading candle[a] he won’t snuff out.[b]
        He’ll bring forth[c] justice for the truth.
And[d] he won’t grow faint or be crushed
    until he establishes justice on the mainland,
        and the coastlands take ownership of[e] his Law.”

God Speaks about the Servant

This is what God says—
    the God[f] who created the heavens
        and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and its produce,
    who gives breath to the people on it
        and life[g] to those who walk in it:

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  1. Isaiah 42:3 Lit. fading linen wick
  2. Isaiah 42:3 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads quench it
  3. Isaiah 42:3 I.e. will demonstrate
  4. Isaiah 42:4 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsah MT lack And
  5. Isaiah 42:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read the islands wait for (cf. 4QIsah)
  6. Isaiah 42:5 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsaa corrector reads and; MT reads the Lord
  7. Isaiah 42:5 Lit. spirit

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