The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 42:18–25

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18  Hear, ye deaf, and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

18  You who are deaf, hear! You who are blind, turn your gaze and see!

18  Hear, O you deaf! And understand and see, O you blind!

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19  Who is blind, but My servant? Or deaf, as My messenger that I send? Who is blind as he that is wholehearted, and blind as YHWH'S servant?

19  And who is blind, but my servants? and deaf, but they that rule over them? yea, the servants of God have been made blind.

19  Who is blind, except my servant? Who is deaf, except the one to whom I have sent my messengers? Who is blind, except the one who has been sold? And who is blind, except the servant of the Lord?

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20  Seeing many things, thou observest not; opening the ears, he heareth not.

20  Ye have often seen, and have not taken heed; your ears have been opened, and ye have not heard.

20  You who see many things, will you not keep them? You who have open ears, will you not listen?

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21  YHWH was pleased, for His righteousness' sake, to make the teaching great and glorious.

21  The Lord God has taken counsel that he might be justified, and might magnify his praise.

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22  But this is a people robbed and spoiled, 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: 'Restore.'

22  And I beheld, and the people were spoiled and plundered: for there is a snare in the secret chambers everywhere, and in the houses also, where they have hidden them: they became a spoil, and there was no one that delivered the prey, and there was none who said, Restore.

22  But this same people has robbed and laid waste. All their youth are a snare, and they have been hidden in houses of confinement. They have become victims; there is no one who may rescue them. They have been plundered; there is no one who may say, “Restore.”

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23  Who among you will give ear to this? Who will hearken and hear for the time to come?

23  Who is there among you that will give ear to these things? hearken ye to the things which are coming to pass.

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24  Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did not YHWH? He against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they would not walk, neither were they obedient unto His law.

24  For what did he give to Jacob up to spoil, and Israel to them that plundered him? Did not God do it against whom they sinned? and they would not walk in his ways, nor hearken to his law.

24  Who has handed over Jacob into plunder, and Israel into devastation? It is not the Lord himself, against whom we have sinned? And they were not willing to walk in his ways, and they have not listened to his law.

25  Therefore He poured upon him the fury of His anger, and the strength of battle; and it set him on fire round about, yet he knew not, and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

25  So he brought upon them the fury of his wrath; and the war, and those that burnt round about them, prevailed against them; yet no one of them knew it, neither did they lay it to heart.

25  And so, he poured out over him the indignation of his fury and a strong battle. And he burned him all around, and he did not realize it. And he set him on fire, and he did not understand it.