Verse 3 a bruised reed shall he not breakegypt was compared to a bruised reed by sennacherib isaiah 366 as being untrustworthy and destitute of physical strength but here the image represents the weak and depressed in spirit the lowly and dejectedchrist would deal tenderly with such not violently smoking flax shall he not quench rather the wick which burns dimly margin he . A bruised reed shall he not break and the smoking flax shall he not quench he shall bring forth judgment unto truth isaiah 421 3 for more than 40 years i have meditated on this wonderful messianic prophecy this amazing statement of the character of almighty god. The bruised reed and smoking flax preached at eden street chapel on august 10 1851 by j c philpot a bruised reed shall he not break and smoking flax shall he not quench until he sends forth judgment unto victory matthew 1220 a child of god in himself is all weakness. A bruised reed shall he not break and smoking flax shall he not quench till he send forth judgment to victory bruised matthew 1128 come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and i will give you rest 2 kings 1821. In the prophecy the bruised reed and the smoldering wick refer to the spiritually physically or morally weak a reed that is bruised may be damaged but it is not irreparable the smoking flax may be about to lose its fire altogether but it can still be reignited the smoking flax is a reference to the wick of a lamp
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