Then the Lord said, “Just as my servant(A) Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years,(B) as a sign(C) and portent(D) against Egypt(E) and Cush,[a](F)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 20:3 That is, the upper Nile region; also in verse 5

“But you, Israel, my servant,(A)
    Jacob, whom I have chosen,(B)
    you descendants of Abraham(C) my friend,(D)

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19 Who is blind(A) but my servant,(B)
    and deaf like the messenger(C) I send?
Who is blind like the one in covenant(D) with me,
    blind like the servant of the Lord?

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10 “You are my witnesses,(A)” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant(B) whom I have chosen,
so that you may know(C) and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god(D) was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.(E)

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Israel the Chosen

44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,(A)
    Israel, whom I have chosen.(B)

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21 “Remember(A) these things, Jacob,
    for you, Israel, are my servant.(B)
I have made you, you are my servant;(C)
    Israel, I will not forget you.(D)

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For the sake of Jacob my servant,(A)
    of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge(B) me.

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And now the Lord says—
    he who formed me in the womb(A) to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
    and gather Israel(B) to himself,
for I am[a] honored(C) in the eyes of the Lord
    and my God has been my strength(D)
he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant(E)
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.(F)
I will also make you a light(G) for the Gentiles,(H)
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”(I)

This is what the Lord says—
    the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel(J)
to him who was despised(K) and abhorred by the nation,
    to the servant of rulers:
“Kings(L) will see you and stand up,
    princes will see and bow down,(M)
because of the Lord, who is faithful,(N)
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen(O) you.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 49:5 Or him, / but Israel would not be gathered; / yet I will be

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