Listen, islands, to me. Listen, you peoples, from afar: Yahweh has called me from the womb;
from the inside of my mother, he has mentioned my name.
He has made my mouth like a sharp sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand.
He has made me a polished shaft. He has kept me close in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain. I have spent my strength in vain for nothing; yet surely the justice due to me is with Yahweh, and my reward with my God.”
Now Yahweh, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, says to bring Jacob again to him, and to gather Israel to him, for I am honorable in Yahweh’s eyes, and my God has become my strength.