Isaiah 41:21
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New International Version
"Present your case," says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.

New Living Translation
"Present the case for your idols," says the LORD. "Let them show what they can do," says the King of Israel.

English Standard Version
Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.

New American Standard Bible
"Present your case," the LORD says. "Bring forward your strong arguments," The King of Jacob says.

King James Bible
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Submit your case," says the LORD." Present your arguments," says Jacob's King."

International Standard Version
"Put forward your case!" says the LORD. "Submit your arguments!" says Jacob's King.

NET Bible
"Present your argument," says the LORD. "Produce your evidence," says Jacob's king.

New Heart English Bible
Produce your cause," says the LORD. "Bring forth your strong reasons," says the King of Jacob.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Present your case," says the LORD. "Bring forward your best arguments," says Jacob's king.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; Bring forth your reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

New American Standard 1977
“Present your case,” the LORD says.
            “Bring forward your strong arguments,
            The King of Jacob says.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Explain your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your foundations, saith the King of Jacob.

King James 2000 Bible
Produce your case, says the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob.

American King James Version
Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob.

American Standard Version
Produce your cause, saith Jehovah; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bring your cause near, saith the Lord: bring hither, if you have any thing to allege, saith the King of Jacob.

Darby Bible Translation
Produce your cause, saith Jehovah; bring forward your arguments, saith the King of Jacob.

English Revised Version
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

Webster's Bible Translation
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

World English Bible
Produce your cause," says Yahweh. "Bring forth your strong reasons," says the King of Jacob.

Young's Literal Translation
Bring near your cause, saith Jehovah, Bring nigh your mighty ones, saith the king of Jacob.
Study Bible
Meaningless Idols
20That they may see and recognize, And consider and gain insight as well, That the hand of the LORD has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it. 21"Present your case," the LORD says. "Bring forward your strong arguments," The King of Jacob says. 22Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place; As for the former events, declare what they were, That we may consider them and know their outcome. Or announce to us what is coming;…
Cross References
Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.

Isaiah 44:6
"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
Treasury of Scripture

Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob.

produce. Heb. cause to come near

Job 23:3,4 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!…

Job 31:37 I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would …

Job 38:3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Job 40:7-9 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare …

Micah 6:1,2 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, …

(21) Produce your cause.--The scene of Isaiah 41:1 is reproduced. The worshippers of idols, as the prophet sees them in his vision hurrying hither and thither to consult their oracles, are challenged, on the ground not only of the great things God hath done, but of His knowledge of those things. The history of Herodotus supplies some striking illustrations. Crus and the Cumans, and the Phocans, and the Athenians are all sending to Delphi, or consulting their seers, as to this startling apparition of a new conqueror.

Your strong reasons.--Literally, bulwarks, or strongholds. So we speak of impregnable proofs.

Verses 21-29. - JEHOVAH'S CONTROVERSY WITH THE NATIONS AND THEIR IDOL-GODS. The argument is now taken up from vers. 1-4. Jehovah and his worshippers are on the one side; the idol-gods and their votaries on the other. The direct challenge, however, is given by Jehovah himself to the idols:

1. What predictions of their own can they bring forward as proofs of supernatural knowledge?

2. What indications can they give of power either to do good or to do evil (vers. 22, 23)? If they can do neither, they are vanity (ver. 24). Jehovah has both reared up Cyrus he and he only - and has announced the good tidings to his people (vers. 25-27). No such announcement has been made by the idol-gods; they are therefore mere "wind and confusion" (vers. 28, 29). Verse 21. - Produce your cause. The nations had been told to "draw near" - to "keep silence" while God spoke - and "then to speak" (ver. 1). Now the time for them to speak is come, and they are challenged to "produce" and plead "their cause." Your strong reasons; literally, your bulwarks, or defences. Saith the King of Jacob. The king and tutelary god of the nation, Israel, really holding the position that the idol-gods were regarded as holding towards the peoples that worshipped them. The "kingly" character of the idol-gods was indicated in such names as Moloch (equivalent to "king"), Melkarth (equivalent to "king of the city"), Adrammelech (equivalent to "glorious king"), Baal (equivalent to "lord"), Adonis (equivalent to "my lord"), etc. Produce your cause, saith the Lord,.... The Lord having comforted his people under their afflictions and persecutions from their enemies in the first times of Christianity, returns to the controversy between him and the idolatrous Heathens, and challenges them to bring their cause into open court, and let it be publicly tried, that it may be seen on what side truth lies:

bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob; or King of saints, the true Israel of God, who acknowledge the Lord as their King and their God, and whom he rules over, protects and defends; and this title is assumed for the comfort of them, that though he is King over all the nations of the world, yet in an eminent and peculiar sense their King; and he does not style himself the God of Jacob, though he was, because this was the thing in controversy, and the cause to be decided, whether he was the true God, or the gods of the Gentiles; and therefore their votaries are challenged to bring forth the strongest reasons and arguments they could muster together, in proof of the divinity of their idols; their "bony" arguments, as the word (x) signifies; for what bones are to the body, that strong arguments are to a cause, the support and stability of it.

(x) os. 21. A new challenge to the idolaters (see Isa 41:1, 7) to say, can their idols predict future events as Jehovah can (Isa 41:22-25, etc.)?

your strong reasons—the reasons for idol-worship which you think especially strong.41:21-29 There needs no more to show the folly of sin, than to bring to notice the reasons given in defence of it. There is nothing in idols worthy of regard. They are less than nothing, and worse than nothing. Let the advocates of other doctrines than that of salvation through Christ, bring their arguments. Can they tell of a cure for human depravity? Jehovah has power which cannot be withstood; this he will make appear. But the certain knowledge of the future must be only with Jehovah, who fulfils his own plans. All prophecies, except those of the Bible, have been uncertain. In the work of redemption the Lord showed himself much more than in the release of the Jews from Babylon. The good tidings the Lord will send in the gospel, is a mystery hid from ages and generations. A Deliverer is raised up for us, of nobler name and greater power than the deliverer of the captive Jews. May we be numbered among his obedient servants and faithful friends.
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