Isaiah 49:1-7

The Servant of the Lord

Hear me, coastlands, listen, distant peoples.
Before birth the LORD called me, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.

He made my mouth like a sharp-edged sword, concealed me, shielded by his hand.
He made me a sharpened arrow, in his quiver he hid me.

He said to me, You are my servant, in you, Israel, I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain, for nothing and for naught spent my strength,
Yet my right is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God.

For now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him;
I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength!

It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Thus says the LORD, the redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
To the one despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers:
When kings see you, they shall stand up, and princes shall bow down
Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.


From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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