Servant (Return to be Redeemed)

From the east I summon a bird of prey;

from a far-off land,

a man to fulfil my purpose.

What I have said,

that I will bring about;

what I have planned,

that I will do.

Listen to me,

you stubborn-hearted,

you who are now far from my righteousness.


my servant will act wisely;

he will be raised

and lifted up

and highly exalted.

I will place on his shoulder

the key to the house of David;

what he opens no one can shut,

and what he shuts no one can open.

He said,

“Listen to me, Jacob!

Israel, whom I have called:

I am he;

I am the first and I am the last.

I offered my back to those who beat me,

my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;

I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

Because the Sovereign LORD helps me,

I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,

and I know I will not be put to shame.

This is what the LORD says to me:

‘I will remain quiet

and will look on from my dwelling place,

like shimmering heat in the sunshine,

like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

Although you have been forsaken and hated,

with no one travelling through,

I will make you the everlasting pride

and the joy of all generations.

I have swept away your offences like a cloud,

your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me,

for I have redeemed you.’ “

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