Bible: Isaiah 42:5-9

42:5 This is what the true God, 1  the Lord, says –

the one who created the sky and stretched it out,

the one who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it, 2 

the one who gives breath to the people on it,

and life to those who live on it: 3 

42:6I, the Lord, officially commission you; 4 

I take hold of your hand.

I protect you 5  and make you a covenant mediator for people, 6 

and a light 7  to the nations, 8 

42:7 to open blind eyes, 9 

to release prisoners 10  from dungeons,

those who live in darkness from prisons.

The Lord Intervenes

42:8 I am the Lord! That is my name!

I will not share my glory with anyone else,

or the praise due me with idols.

42:9 Look, my earlier predictive oracles have come to pass; 11 

now I announce new events.

Before they begin to occur,

I reveal them to you.” 12 

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