Bible Commentaries

Isaiah 42

Verses 1-25

The manifesto now presents the great Servant of Jehovah. His person is first described. His manifestation is announced (verse Isaiah 42:1 ), His mission is declared (verse Isaiah 42:1 ), His method is described (verses Isaiah 42:2-3), and His might is affirmed (verse Isaiah 42:4).

Then His relation to Jehovah is indicated in the words of Jehovah. He is called, held, kept, and given, and all that for purposes of deliverance. The ultimate purpose is the glory of Jehovah. The prophet immediately breaks forth into a song of confidence, calling on the whole earth to give glory to Jehovah. This is followed by a new declaration of the purpose of Jehovah in His very words. First, His compassion is spoken of. For a long time He had been silent, but now would cry out, and that finally in the interest of peace and his determination to bring deliverance to His people.

The chapter closes with the prophet's appeal to the people in view of the great manifesto. He first describes their failure. Israel is thought of in its purpose in the economy of God, as His servant, but is declared to be blind. To them he appeals to hearken for the time to come, and declares that their suffering has all been the result of their sin.