Isaiah 49:1-6 New International Version

Israel the LORD's Servant

49 1  Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name. 2  He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. 3  He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor." 4  But I said, "I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord's hand, and my reward is with my God." 5  And now the Lord says- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am[1] honored in the eyes of the Lordand my God has been my strength- 6  he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."


Footnotes

[1] 49:5 Or "him," / "but Israel would not be gathered;" / "yet I will be"

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