Isaiah 42:19
New International Version
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD?

New Living Translation
Who is as blind as my own people, my servant? Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people, the servant of the LORD?

English Standard Version
Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD?

Berean Study Bible
Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like the messenger I am sending? Who is blind like My covenant partner, or blind like the servant of the LORD?

New American Standard Bible
Who is blind but My servant, Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?

King James Bible
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?

Christian Standard Bible
Who is blind but my servant, or deaf like my messenger I am sending? Who is blind like my dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the LORD?

Contemporary English Version
No one is as blind or deaf as his messenger, his chosen servant,

Good News Translation
Is anyone more blind than my servant, more deaf than the messenger I send?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like My messenger I am sending? Who is blind like My dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the LORD?

International Standard Version
Who is blind except my servant, or deaf like my messenger I am sending? Who is blind like the one committed to me, or blind like the LORD's servant?

NET Bible
My servant is truly blind, my messenger is truly deaf. My covenant partner, the servant of the LORD, is truly blind.

New Heart English Bible
Who is blind, but my servant? Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is as blind as he who is at peace, and as blind as the LORD's servant?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is blind except my servant or deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one who has my trust or blind like the servant of the LORD?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who is blind, but My servant? Or deaf, as My messenger that I send? Who is blind as he that is wholehearted, And blind as the LORD'S servant?

New American Standard 1977
Who is blind but My servant, Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is blind, but my slave? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? Who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the slave of the LORD,

King James 2000 Bible
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger whom I sent? who is blind as he who is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?

American King James Version
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?

American Standard Version
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I send? who is blind as he that is at peace with me , and blind as Jehovah's servant?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And who is blind, but my servants? and deaf, but they that rule over them? yea, the servants of God have been made blind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, but he to whom I have sent my messengers? Who is blind, but he that is sold? or who is blind, but the servant of the Lord?

Darby Bible Translation
Who is blind, but my servant? and deaf, as my messenger whom I sent? Who is blind as he in whom I have trusted, and blind as Jehovah's servant,

English Revised Version
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I send? who is blind as he that is at peace with me, and blind as the LORD'S servant?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?

World English Bible
Who is blind, but my servant? Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is as blind as he who is at peace, and as blind as Yahweh's servant?

Young's Literal Translation
Who is blind but My servant? And deaf as My messenger I send? Who is blind as he who is at peace, Yea, blind, as the servant of Jehovah?
Study Bible
Israel is Deaf and Blind
18“Listen, you deaf ones; look, you blind ones, that you may see! 19Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like the messenger I am sending? Who is blind like My covenant partner, or blind like the servant of the LORD? 20Though seeing many things, you do not observe. Though your ears are open, you hear nothing.”…
Cross References
Matthew 13:13
This is why I speak to them in parables: 'Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'

Isaiah 26:3
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 27:5
Or let them lay claim to My protection; let them make peace with Me--yes, let them make peace with Me."

Isaiah 29:18
On that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of the deep darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Isaiah 41:8
But you, O Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham My friend--

Isaiah 43:8
Bring out a people who have eyes but are blind, and who have ears but are deaf.

Isaiah 44:26
who confirms the message of His servant and fulfills the counsel of His messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'She will be inhabited,' and of the cities of Judah, 'They will be rebuilt, and I will restore their ruins,'

Treasury of Scripture

Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?

who is blind

Isaiah 6:9
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Isaiah 29:9-14
Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink…

Isaiah 56:10
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.







Lexicon
Who
מִ֤י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

is blind
עִוֵּר֙ (‘iw·wêr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5787: Blind

but
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

My servant,
עַבְדִּ֔י (‘aḇ·dî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

or deaf
וְחֵרֵ֖שׁ (wə·ḥê·rêš)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2795: Deaf

like the messenger
כְּמַלְאָכִ֣י (kə·mal·’ā·ḵî)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

I am sending?
אֶשְׁלָ֑ח (’eš·lāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

Who
מִ֤י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

is blind
עִוֵּר֙ (‘iw·wêr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5787: Blind

like My covenant partner,
כִּמְשֻׁלָּ֔ם (kim·šul·lām)
Preposition-k | Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7999: To be safe, to be, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate

or blind
וְעִוֵּ֖ר (wə·‘iw·wêr)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5787: Blind

like the servant
כְּעֶ֥בֶד (kə·‘e·ḇeḏ)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

of the LORD?
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(19) Deaf, as my messenger . . .--The work of the messenger of God had been the ideal of Isaiah, as it was of the servant in whom the ideal was realised (Romans 10:15; Isaiah 42:1). But how could a blind and deaf messenger, like the actual Israel, do his work effectually? (Psalm 123:2).

As he that is perfect.--Strictly speaking, the devoted, or surrendered one. The Hebrew meshullam is interesting, as connected with the modern Moslem and Islam, the man resigned to the will of God. The frequent use of this, or a cognate form, as a proper name after the exile (1Chronicles 9:21; Ezra 8:6; Ezra 10:15; Nehemiah 3:4) may (on either assumption as to the date of 2 Isaiah) be connected with it by some link of causation. Other meanings given to it have been "perfect" as in the Authorised Version, "confident," "recompensed," "meritorious."

Verse 19. - Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger? God's original "servant" and "messenger" to the nations was his people Israel. It was only through their default that he needed to send another and truer messenger. He now asks, having regard to their opportunities, who are so blind and deaf as they are? The object of the question is to wake a feeling of shame in the hearts of those who are not shameless among the Israelites. That I sent; rather, whom I will send. Israel's mediatorial office was not yet over. They were still, for above five hundred years, to be God's messenger to the nations. As he that is perfect; rather, as he that receives reward from me (see Proverbs 11:31; Proverbs 13:13). The word used is connected etymologically with the Arabic muslim (our "Moslem"); but it does not appear to have had the sense of "surrender" or "submission" in Hebrew. 42:18-25 Observe the call given to this people, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making known his own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God's anger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.
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