Isaiah 41
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God's Help to Israel

1“Be silent before Me, O islands,

and let the peoples renew their strength.

Let them come forward and testify;

let us together draw near for judgment.

2Who has aroused the one from the east

and called him to his feet in righteousnessa ?

He hands nations over to him

and subdues kings before him.

He turns them to dust with his sword,

to windblown chaff with his bow.

3He pursues them, going on safely,

hardly touching the path with his feet.

4Who has performed this and carried it out,

calling forth the generations from the beginning?

I, the LORD—the first and the last—

I am He.”

5The islands see and fear,

the ends of the earth tremble.

They approach and come forward.

6Each one helps the other,

and says to his brother, “Be strong!”

7The craftsman encourages the goldsmith,

and he who wields the hammer cheers him who strikes the anvil,

saying of the soldering, “It is good.”

He nails it down so it will not be toppled.

8But you, O Israel, My servant,

Jacob, whom I have chosen,

descendant of Abraham My friend—

9I brought you from the ends of the earth

and called you from its farthest corners.

I said, “You are My servant.”

I have chosen and not rejected you.

10Do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be afraid, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you; I will surely help you;

I will uphold you with My right hand of righteousness.

11Behold, all who rage against you

will be ashamed and disgraced;

those who contend with you

will be reduced to nothing and will perish.

12You will seek them but will not find them.

Those who wage war against you will come to nothing.

13For I am the LORD your God,

who takes hold of your right hand

and says to you: “Do not fear,

I will help you.”

14Do not fear, O worm Jacob,

O few men of Israel.

I will help you, declares the LORD.

Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

15Behold, I will make you into a threshing sledge,

new and sharp, with many teeth.

You will thresh the mountains and crush them,

and reduce the hills to chaff.

16You will winnow them, and a wind will carry them away;

a gale will scatter them.

But you will rejoice in the LORD;

you will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17The poor and needy seek water, but there is none;

their tongues are parched with thirst.

I, the LORD, will answer them;

I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

18I will open rivers on the barren heights,

and fountains in the middle of the valleys.

I will turn the desert into a pool of water,

and the dry land into flowing springs.

19I will plant cedars in the desert,

acacias, myrtles, and olive trees.

I will set evergreens in the desert,

elms and cypress trees together,

20so that all may see and know,

may consider and understand,

that the hand of the LORD has done this,

the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Meaningless Idols

21“Present your case,” says the LORD.

“Submit your arguments,” says the King of Jacob.

22“Let them come and tell us what will happen.

Tell the former things,

so that we may reflect on them and know the outcome.

Or announce to us what is coming.

23Tell us the things that are to come,

so that we may know that you are gods.

Yes, do something good or evil,

that we may look on together in dismay.

24Behold, you are nothing

and your work is of no value.

Anyone who chooses you is detestable.

25“I have raised up one from the north, and he has come—

one from the east who calls on My name.

He will march over rulers as if they were mortar,

like a potter who treads the clay.

26Who has declared this from the beginning,

so that we may know,

and from times past,

so that we may say: ‘He was right’?

No one announced it,

no one foretold it,

no one heard your words.

27I was the first to tellb Zion:

‘Look, here they are!’

And I gave to Jerusalem

a herald of good news.

28When I look, there is no one;

there is no counselor among them;

when I ask them,

they have nothing to say.

29See, they are all a delusion;

their works amount to nothing;

their images are as empty as the wind.

Footnotes:

2 a Or east, whom victory meets at every step
27 b Or Formerly I said to

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