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Readings for the Second Sunday of Epiphany: Isaiah 49.1-7

This Sunday's Old Testament lesson comes from Isaiah 49:1-7 (NRSV): 

Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me; 
from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, "You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor." 
But I said, "I have labored in vain; 
I have spent my strength for nothing at all. 
Yet what is due me is in the Lord's hand,
and my reward is with my God." 

And now the Lord says--
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
and my God has been my strength--
he says:
"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." 

This is what the Lord says--
the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel--
to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
to the servant of rulers: 
"Kings will see you and stand up,
princes will see and bow down,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you."