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A bruised reed[a] he will not break,
    and a dimly burning wick he will not quench.
    He will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow dim or be bruised
    until he establishes justice on the earth;
    the coastlands[b] will wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
    who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    who spread out the earth and its produce,
Who gives breath to its people
    and spirit to those who walk on it:

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Footnotes

  1. 42:3 Bruised reed…: images to express the gentle manner of the servant’s mission.
  2. 42:4 Coastlands: for Israel, the world to the west: the islands and coastal nations of the Mediterranean.

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