Isa 42:1
42:1 Behold {a} my servant, {b} whom I uphold; my elect, [in
     whom] my soul {c} delighteth; I have put my spirit upon
     him: he shall bring forth {d} judgment to the Gentiles.

     (a) That is, Christ, who in respect to his manhood is
         called here servant. The prophets used to make mention
         of Christ after they declared any great promise,
         because he is the foundation on which all the promises
         are made and ratified.
     (b) For I have committed all my power to him, as to a most
         faithful steward: some read, I will establish him: that
         is, in his office by giving him the fulness of my
     (c) Only he is acceptable to me and they that come to me by
         him: for there is no other means of reconciliation,
         @Mt 12:18, Eph 4:1
     (d) He will declare himself governor over the Gentiles and
         call them by his word, and rule them by his Spirit.

Isa 42:2
42:2 He shall not {e} cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to
     be heard in the street.

     (e) His coming will not be with pomp and noise, as earthly

Isa 42:3
42:3 A {f} bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking {g}
     flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to
     {h} truth.

     (f) He will not hurt the weak and feeble, but support and
         comfort them.
     (g) Meaning, the wick of a lamp or candle which is almost
         out, but he will cherish it and snuff it, that it may
         shine brighter.
     (h) Although he favours the weak, yet will he not spare the
         wicked, but will judge them according to truth and

Isa 42:4
42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he hath {i} set
     judgment in the earth: and the {k} isles shall wait for his

     (i) Till he has set all things in good order.
     (k) The Gentiles will desire to receive his doctrine.

Isa 42:6
42:6 I the LORD have called thee in {l} righteousness, and will
     hold {m} thy hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a
     {n} covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

     (l) Meaning, to a lawful and just calling.
     (m) To assist and guide you.
     (n) As him, by whom the promise made to all nations in
         Abraham will be fulfilled.

Isa 42:8
42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my {o} glory will I
     not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

     (o) I will not permit my glory to be diminished: which I
         would do if I were not faithful.

Isa 42:9
42:9 Behold, the former things have {p} come to pass, and new
     things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of

     (p) As in time past I have been true in my promises, so will
         I be in time to come.

Isa 42:11
42:11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up [their voice],
      the villages [that] {q} Kedar doth inhabit: let the
      inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top
      of the mountains.

      (q) Meaning, the Arabians, under whom he comprehends all
          the people of the East.

Isa 42:13
42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a {r} mighty man, he shall stir
      up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he
      shall prevail against his enemies.

      (r) He shows the zeal of the Lord, and his power in the
          conservation of his Church.

Isa 42:14
42:14 I have long time held my peace; I have been still, [and]
      restrained myself: [now] will I cry like a {s} travailing
      woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

      (s) I will haste to execute my vengeance, which I have so
          long deferred as a woman that desires to be delivered,
          when she is in labour.

Isa 42:16
42:16 And I will bring the {t} blind by a way [that] they knew
      not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known:
      I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things
      straight. These things will I do for them, and not forsake

      (t) That is, my poor people, who are in perplexity and

Isa 42:19
42:19 Who [is] blind, but my {u} servant?  or deaf, as my {x}
      messenger [that] I sent? who [is] blind as [he that is]
      {y} perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?

      (u) That is, Israel, which would have most light because
          of my Law.
      (x) The priest to whom my word is committed, who would not
          only hear it himself but cause others to hear it.
      (y) As the priests and prophets that would be lights to

Isa 42:22
42:22 But this [is] a people {z} robbed and plundered; [they
      are] all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in
      prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth;
      for a spoil, and none saith, {a} Restore.

      (z) Because they will not acknowledge this blessing from
          the Lord, who is ready to deliver them, he permits
          them to be spoiled by their enemies through their own
          fault and incredulity.
      (a) There will be no one to comfort them , or to will the
          enemy to restore that which he has spoiled.

Isa 42:23
42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? [who] will hearken
      and hear for {b} the time to come?

      (b) Meaning, God's wrath.

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