6 "I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles,1
7 To open the blind eyes, to deliver the prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness imprisoned.2 [Until crucified, all men are imprisoned by darkness, with their spiritual eyes blind, stumbling through life like blind men groping the wall.]
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6 He says, 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.'1
7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him whom the nations abhor, to a servant of rulers: "Kings shall see you and arise, princes also shall worship you, because of the LORD who is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
8 Thus says the LORD, "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 So that you may say to the prisoners, 'Come forth,' and to those who are in darkness, 'Be unveiled.' "They shall feed in the way, and their pastures shall be on all the high places. [To be unveiled is to have the veil of darkness removed and come into the marvelous light of God by which you are then guided and led.]
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them; for he who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water will he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be elevated.
12 Behold, these shall come from afar; and behold, these from the north and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim."
13 Sing, O heavens! And be joyful, O earth! And break forth into singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.