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

  • Bruce
    For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost-----:1John5:7 / Your saying man created:The Father,The Word and The Holy Ghost? Are these The Us and Our in Genesis 1? This is His Word, not yours. He said Three that makes a Trinity.There has always been a Trinity. man created nothing! We need His Word always. Put on The Whole Armour of God--- Ephesians 6:11
  • Irene123
    V. 8 - is referring to the trinity which man created (325 a.d.). God knew this would happen even before He created the universe and all that is therein. Read Isa. 43:11 - beside me there is no savior; Isa. 44:6 - beside me there is no God. And remember - Rev. 22:13. There cannot be 2 firsts and lasts. Jesus is God's name - Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38.
  • Lane
    Saints! Reread verse 42:8. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Do not worship celebrities, secular music, and games. Praise, Glory and honor belongs to our GOD Yahweh only. Be careful, Lord Jesus, is the inventor of everything Good!
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 42:9 BEHOLD THE FORMER THINGS ARE COME TO PASS AND NEW THINGS DO I DECLARE BEFORE THEY SPRING FORTH I TELL YOU OF THEM --- DEUTERONOMY 29:29
    THE SECRET THINGS BELONG UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REVEALED BELONG UNTO US AND OUR CHILDREN FOR EVER THAT WE MAY DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW --- LUKE 6:46 AND WHY CALL YOU ME LORD LORD AND DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY
  • Brianna for verse 8
    A correct translation is not LORD,but the divine name Jehovah or Yahweh. With that name it gives vs. 8 a better understanding. Jehovah is God's name. It is a unique name, and a name that should not be covered over by titles. Jehovah does not share his name with any other God. It means "He causes to become".
  • Irene123
    V. 7 - Jesus quoted this in Lk.4:18; the very beginning of His ministry, AFTER He had fasted 40 days and been tempted of satan. THEN - He began His work.

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