Isaiah 42:3

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A bruised reed shall he not breake, and the smoking flaxe shall hee not quench: he shall bring forth iudgment vnto trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He will not let a crushed stem be quite broken, and he will not let a feebly burning light be put out: he will go on sending out the true word to the peoples.
- Basic English Bible

A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment according to truth.
- Darby Bible

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth.
- Webster's Bible

He won't break a bruised reed. He won't quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring justice.
- World English Bible

A bruised reed he breaketh not, And dim flax he quencheth not, To truth he bringeth forth judgment.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the dimly burning wick shall he not quench; he shall make the right to go forth according to the truth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 42:3


42:3 Break - Christ will not deal rigorously with those that come to him, but he will use all gentleness, cherishing the smallest beginnings of grace, comforting and healing wounded consciences. Quench - That wick of a candle which is almost extinct, he will not quench, but revive and kindle it again. Judgment - The law of God, or the doctrine of the gospel, which he will bring forth, unto, with, or according to truth, that is, truly and faithfully.


Discussion for Isaiah 42

  • Julie Putzier for verse 8
    EXODUS 3:13-15 MOSES KNEW THE NAME AND HE WROTE IT !!! EXODUS 34: 4-7 EXODUS 33:18-23 JEREMIAH 16: 21 ISAIAH 45:23 PHILIPPIANS 2: 9,10 EXODUS 3:13-15 -EXODUS 34:4-7 -PROVERBS 30 :4 JOHN 8: 58 JOHN 14 :1-9 YESHUWAH ELOHIM IS HIS NAME... ELOHIM OUR SALVATION ..GOD OUR SALVATION....HALLELUYAH
  • I Am, is Gods name, and what exactly do most say to themselves, I am reading, going shopping, cooking. Therefore to say to One self I Am is,
  • When i read this verse it gives me hope..there ate those situations in life that leave you on the verge of breaking into tiny pieces,it might be sickness or lack of something you need but God will not let it get any worse dan it already is,in all honesty will he set you free
  • Insight 777
    Verse 19, Blind and deaf is used in an abstract way not a literal blindness or deafness. The message is talking about servants of the Lord following orders completely, without reservation, trusting the Lord regardless of any outside influence that they may see or hear. This is further substantiated in verse 24 where being obedient to the law is shown to be important. The law Jesus gave is love one another. If people refuse to love one another the result is war and the Lord will respond. Verse 23 the time to come is the end of days war. The meaning of verse 24 is if a law or order is given then boundaries of behavior are set because they are defined. Also the law defines behavior outside of the boundary of the law. If one follows the law that is good and if one does not follow the law that is evil. So what behavior is good and what is evil are both defined or created, at the same time. If everyone loved one another, evil and war would not exist.
  • Ambe Carine for verse 16
    I believe that this word is a prophecy for my life this 2015,God wil lead me.
  • Carla
    God is everywhere from this chapter. He is saying, He is in all places. But people thinks he is not. He can make the impossible possible, as people of God we have to have faith in his word and be a messenger of his word.

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