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Light to the Nations
Isaiah 42:1-9 Commentary
by Michael J. Chan
Isaiah 42:1-9 contains one of the famous Servant Songs of Second Isaiah (see Isaiah 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-9; 52:13--53:12; see also Isaiah 61).
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this page featured commentary by Juliana Claassens from Dec. 14, 2014.]
Let’s begin by detailing what exactly Isaiah 42:1-9 says about the servant and his ministry. The servant:
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NL Podcast 338: Light to the Nations
December 16, 2018
Podcast on Isaiah 42:1-9, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Dec. 16, 2018 (Light to the Nations) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.