21 It pleased the Lordfor the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.
21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
21 The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.
21 God intended, out of the goodness of his heart, to be lavish in his revelation.
21 The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.
21 Because he is righteous, the Lord has exalted his glorious law.
26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
26 This is not only clear, but it's now - this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
(Read Romans 3:21-26)
Must guilty man remain under wrath? Is the wound for ever incurable? No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us. This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting. It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Saviour, so Jesus Christ signifies. Justifying faith respects Christ as a Saviour, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ. There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe. It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favours. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it. And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 42:21
Commentary on Isaiah 42:18-25
(Read Isaiah 42:18-25)
Observe the call given to this people, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making known his own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God's anger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.