S˛ Z B i 1-4. Messiah. Presented. k 5-7. Messiah. Addressed. C 8. Images. A 9. Predictions. A 10-12. Praise. Z B i 13. Messiah. Presented. k 14-16. Messiah. Addressing. C 17. Images.
1 Behold My Servant (i.e. Messiah. See 37:35. Quoted in Matt.12:17-21), Whom I uphold; My elect, in Whom I Myself is well-pleased; I have put My Spirit upon Him: (Heb. ruach. Here is the doctrine of the Trinity: (1) The Father, the speaker; (2) My "Servant", the Messiah, the Son; and (3) My Spirit. See note on "stretched out" in v.5) He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. (The prime of the Hebrew word for "servant" is "abad" [aw-bad']. It means to work. A servant of God works for God. He doesn't sit in a pew for an hour on Sunday. Judgment will be rewards for some, and it will be chastisement or others. Everyone will be judged fairly.)
2 He shall not cry, (see the Divine interpretation "strive} Matt.12:19]) nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax (i.e. the wick [made of flax] that is burning dim) shall He not quench: (i.e. not put it out, but trim it and make it burn brightly. This was the servant's work) He shall bring forth judgment in accordance with truth. (Stay in the truth. The Truth will set you free [John 8:32].)
4 He shall not go out (as a lamp) nor break (or, break down), till He has set judgment upon the earth: and the maritime-countries (the Divine interpretation = "Gentiles" [Matt. 12:18-21]. See 11:11) shall wait (see Gen.8:12 "stayed") for His Law.” (see 1:10. People crave disciple. You can't be happy, unless you have discipline in tour life. Jesus brings discipline. Man likes to think he can make his own laws. There will come a day when we will have God's law and that is all.)
5 Thus says GOD the Lord, He that created the heavens, they that stretched them out (cp. "us", "our" Gen. 1:26. Cp. "image" [singular]); He that spread forth the earth, and that which comes out of it; He That gives breath to the people upon it (see 2:22), and spirit (ruach) to them that walk therein: (God gave you your spirit, and He also gives the Holy Spirit to those who are willing to receive Him.)
6 I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the People, for a light of the Gentiles (quoted in Luke 2:32. Cp. 49:6); (Jesus is the light of the world. God won't let His Son down. Nor will Father let you down, if you are doing His work. God always takes care of His children that love and serve Him. Are you working to accomplish God's will?)
7 To open the blind eyes (renewing the prophecy of 35:5), to bring out the prisoners from the prison (see 49:9; 61:1), and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (fig., put for being in a permanent condition. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. He gives us truth and leadership. He shows us how to be servants of God. He sets us free from the prison of deception. He gave sight to some who who physically blind. He gave sight to many who were spiritually blind. Jesus Christ preached the gospel to the prisoners who had died before He was crucified [1 Pet. 3:18-19]. Many believed.)
8 I Am the Lord (see Ex. 3:15): that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another (i.e. to a strange god. See Ex. 20:5), neither My praise to graven images. (see 13:10; 38:18.)
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass (referring to His prophecies, among others, concerning Sennacherib, Chapter 10 and 37), and new things do I declare (thus uniting thee predictions of the earlier chapters with the so-called "second" part. See Introduction): before they spring forth I tell you of them. (Don't overlook this promise from God. We see prophecy being fulfilled. God said it, it will happen. Stay in His Word and you will know how to serve God. There is no excuse for anyone to be deceived. God isn't going to give His glory to antichrist. Count om it!)
10 Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, all you that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the maritime-countries, and the inhabitants thereof.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar does inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. (Let the whole world receive the Word of God and praise Him.)
12 Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the maritime-countries.
13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man (this is an enlargement of 41:15,16. Still more so in Rev. 6:2; 19:11), He shall awaken (or, incite. See Song of Solomon 2:7) jealousy like a man of war (see Ex. 20:5): He shall cry, yes, roar; He shall prevail against His enemies. (There is no maybe in this verse. The Lord prevails.)
14 I have long time held My peace; I have been still, and refrained Myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. (A woman in travail is about to give birth. A new age is about to be brought forth. He wants everyone the opportunity to hear the truth, but His patience is beginning to wear thin with the enemy.)
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. (This comes to pass, when the earth is rejuvenated [Rev. 21:1-3].)
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; and I have led them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things have I done to them, and have not forsaken them. (see Deut. 31:6. This is why Jesus pointed to this Scripture. He wanted you to find comfort. Jesus want you to know not to quench the Spirit of God. He wanted you to know the truth of how it is going to come down at the end of this age.)
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that confide in graven images, that say to the molten images, “You all are our gods.” (see Ex. 32:4)
() N D 42:18-25. Remonstrance. Morals. Israel. E 43:1-7. Encouragement. "Fear not". " F 43:8-13. Witnesses. " G l 43:14-17. Babylon. Destruction. m 43:18-21. Remembrance. Negative. D 43:22-28. Remonstrance. Ceremonials. Israel. E 44:1-5. Encouragement. "Fear not". " F 44:6-20. Witnesses. " G m 44:21-23. Remembrance. Positive. l 44:24 - 45:15. Jerusalem. Restoration.
D n 18. Call to hear. o 19,20. Israel. "Blind and def". p 21. The Law magnified by Yehovah. q 22. Judgments. n 23. Call to hear. o 24-. Jacob. "Spoiled and robbed". p -24. The Law disregarded by Israel. q 25. Judgments.
18 Hear, all you deaf; and look, all you blind, that you all may see.
19 Who is blind, but My servant? (this is Israel. See 37:35. Not the same"servant" as v.1) or deaf, as My messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is an intimate friend (or, trusted one. Heb. meshullam [plural of shalam], to be at peace with. Cp. 2 Sam. 20:19. Job 22:21. Ps. 7:4. It is from this word that we have Mussulman or Moslem. Israel, in the presence of the foe, was, in Yehovah's sight, thus perfect. See Num.23:21), and blind as the Lord's servant?
20 Seeing many things, but you all observed not; opening the ears, but you all hears not. (as Israel had done. See Deut.29:1,2. But Israel was blind and deaf,v.19. Cp. Jer. 5:21; 6:10. Ezek. 12:2. Matt. 13:14. John 12:40)
21 the Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the Law (see 1:10), and make it honorable.
22 But this is a People robbed and spoiled (showing most clearly Israel is the subject); they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivers; for a spoil, and none say, “Restore.”
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will listen and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? (see Gen.32:28; 43:6; 45:26,28) did not the Lord, He against Whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in His ways,
neither were they obedient to His Law.
25 Therefore He has poured upon him the fury of His anger, and the strength of battle (for prevailing. i.e. battle that prevailed against Israel): and it has set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart (or mind).