Isaiah 41:5
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New International Version
The islands have seen it and fear; the ends of the earth tremble. They approach and come forward;

New Living Translation
The lands beyond the sea watch in fear. Remote lands tremble and mobilize for war.

English Standard Version
The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come.

New American Standard Bible
The coastlands have seen and are afraid; The ends of the earth tremble; They have drawn near and have come.

King James Bible
The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The islands see and are afraid, the whole earth trembles. They approach and arrive.

International Standard Version
"The coastlands have looked and are afraid; the ends of the earth have drawn near together and come forward.

NET Bible
The coastlands see and are afraid; the whole earth trembles; they approach and come.

New Heart English Bible
The islands have seen, and fear. The ends of the earth tremble. They approach, and come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The coastlands have seen him and are afraid. The ends of the earth tremble. They have come near and gathered together.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The isles saw, and feared; The ends of the earth trembled; They drew near, and came.

New American Standard 1977
The coastlands have seen and are afraid;
            The ends of the earth tremble;
            They have drawn near and have come.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The isles saw it and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid; they congregated and came.

King James 2000 Bible
The coastlands saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

American King James Version
The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

American Standard Version
The isles have seen, and fear; the ends of the earth tremble; they draw near, and come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The islands saw it, and feared, the ends of the earth were astonished, they drew near, and came.

Darby Bible Translation
The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth trembled: they drew near, and came.

English Revised Version
The isles saw, and feared; the ends of the earth trembled: they drew near, and came.

Webster's Bible Translation
The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

World English Bible
The islands have seen, and fear. The ends of the earth tremble. They approach, and come.

Young's Literal Translation
Seen have isles and fear, ends of the earth tremble, They have drawn near, yea, they come.
Study Bible
God's Help to Israel
4"Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'" 5The coastlands have seen and are afraid; The ends of the earth tremble; They have drawn near and have come. 6Each one helps his neighbor And says to his brother, "Be strong!"…
Cross References
Joshua 5:1
Now it came about when all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard how the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the sons of Israel until they had crossed, that their hearts melted, and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the sons of Israel.

Psalm 67:7
God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

Isaiah 41:1
"Coastlands, listen to Me in silence, And let the peoples gain new strength; Let them come forward, then let them speak; Let us come together for judgment.

Isaiah 41:6
Each one helps his neighbor And says to his brother, "Be strong!"

Ezekiel 26:15
Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre, "Shall not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall when the wounded groan, when the slaughter occurs in your midst?

Ezekiel 26:16
"Then all the princes of the sea will go down from their thrones, remove their robes and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble every moment and be appalled at you.

Ezekiel 26:18
'Now the coastlands will tremble On the day of your fall; Yes, the coastlands which are by the sea Will be terrified at your passing.'"
Treasury of Scripture

The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

isles

Genesis 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every …

Ezekiel 26:15,16 Thus said the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the …

the ends

Exodus 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the …

Joshua 2:10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea …

Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were …

Psalm 65:8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at your tokens: …

Psalm 66:3 Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness …

Psalm 67:7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

(5) The isles saw it, and feared . . .--The words paint the terror caused by the rapid conquests of Cyrus, but the terror led, as the following verses show, to something very different from the acknowledgment of the Eternal. As the sailors in the ship of Tarshish called each man on his God (Jonah 1:5), so each nation turned to its oracles and its shrines. The gods had to be propitiated by new statues, and a fresh impetus was given to the manufacture of idols, probably for the purpose of being carried forth to battle as a protection. (Comp. 1Samuel 4:5-7; Herod. i. 26.)

Verse 5. - The isles saw it, and feared. A general terror seized the nations on the conquest of the Medes by Cyrus. Croesus of Lydia, Nabonidus of Babylon, and Amasis of Egypt, were at once drawn together by the common danger, and made alliance offensive and defensive (Herod., 1:77). The weaker tribes and peoples gave themselves up for lost. Scarcely any resistance seems to have been offered to the Persian arms by the tribes between the Halys and Indus, the Jaxartes and the Indian Ocean. Lydia and Babylon alone made a stout fight; but even these were conquered without very much difficulty. The ends of the earth... drew near; i.e. distant nations held (will hold) consultation together on the danger which threatens them. The league of Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt is the only known instance of such "drawing near" (see the preceding note). Isaiah anticipates marked consultations and exhortations with respect to the idol-gods, in which trust should be put; but perhaps he is scarcely serious in vers. 6, 7. Rather he is indulging his sarcastic humour at the expense of the idols and of those who put their trust in them. (For instances, however, of actual trust in particular idols, see 'Records of the Past,' vol. 4. p. 58; Herod., 5:67; 8:64,) The isles saw it, and feared,.... Not the victory which Abraham got over the kings; nor Cyrus's expedition against Babylon, and other nations, and his deliverance of the Jews; but the progress of the Gospel, through the ministry of the Apostle Paul: the idolatrous inhabitants of the Gentile nations saw great multitudes embracing and professing the Gospel; they saw their idols neglected, and their temples abandoned; they feared what would be the consequence of all this, that their old religion their fathers retained, and they were brought up in, would be abolished; and especially a panic seized the priests on this account, whose livelihood depended upon it:

the ends of the earth were afraid; for the sound of the Gospel by him, and other apostles, went into all the earth, and their words to the end of the world, Romans 10:18 meaning the inhabitants that dwelt in the furthest parts of the earth, where ignorance and idolatry wholly reigned: they drew near, and came: not to God, nor to Abraham, or Cyrus; rather to their gods, to exert themselves in the defence of their religion; or, which is best, they got together to consult what was proper to be done on such an emergency. 5. feared—that they would be subdued.

drew near, and came—together, for mutual defense.41:1-9 Can any heathen god raise up one in righteousness, make what use of him he pleases, and make him victorious over the nations? The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. Sinners encourage one another in the ways of sin; shall not the servants of the living God stir up one another in his service? God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. This is certainly the highest title ever given to a mortal. It means that Abraham, by Divine grace, was made like to God, and that he was admitted to communion with Him. Happy are the servants of the Lord, whom he has called to be his friends, and to walk with him in faith and holy obedience. Let not such as have thus been favoured yield to fear; for the contest may be sharp, but the victory shall be sure.
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