Matthew 12:20
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English Standard Version
a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;

King James Bible
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

American Standard Version
A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The bruised reed he shall not break: and smoking flax he shall not extinguish: till he send forth judgment unto victory.

English Revised Version
A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Webster's Bible Translation
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he shall send forth judgment to victory.

Weymouth New Testament
A crushed reed He will not utterly break, nor will He quench the still smouldering wick, until He has led on Justice to victory.

Matthew 12:20 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

Flax

The Hebrew is, literally, a dimly burning wick he shall not quench (Isaiah 42:3). The quotation stops at the end of the third verse in the prophecy; but the succeeding verse is beautifully suggestive as describing the Servant of Jehovah by the same figures in which he pictures his suffering ones - a wick and a reed. "He shall not burn dimly, neither shall his spirit be crushed." He himself, partaking of the nature of our frail humanity, is both a lamp and a reed, humble, but not to be broken, and the "light of the world." Compare the beautiful passage in Dante, where Cato directs Virgil to wash away the stains of the nether world from Dante's face, and to prepare him for the ascent of the purgatorial mount by girding him with a rush, the emblem of humility:

"Go, then, and see thou gird this one about

With a smooth rush, and that thou wash his face,

So that thou cleanse away all stain therefrom.

For 'twere not fitting that the eye o'ercast

By any mist should go before the first

Angel, who is of those of Paradise.

This little island, round about its base,

Below there, yonder, where the billow beats it,

Doth rushes bear upon its washy ooze.

No other plant that putteth forth the leaf,

Or that doth indurate, can there have life,

Because it yieldeth not unto the shocks.

continued...

Matthew 12:20 Parallel Commentaries

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bruised.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

2 Kings 18:21 Now, behold, you trust on the staff of this bruised reed, even on Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand...

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom...

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek...

Lamentations 3:31-34 For the LORD will not cast off for ever...

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken...

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted...

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him...

Hebrews 12:12,13 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees...

till.

Psalm 98:1-3 O sing to the LORD a new song; for he has done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, has gotten him the victory...

Isaiah 42:3,4 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth...

Romans 15:17-19 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God...

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the aroma of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh...

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering...

Revelation 19:11-21 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True...

Cross References
Isaiah 42:3
a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.

Matthew 11:7
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

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