New Living Translation
Not one of your idols told you this. Not one gave any answer when I asked.
King James Bible
For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counseller, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
Darby Bible Translation
And I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
World English Bible
When I look, there is no man; even among them there is no counselor who, when I ask of them, can answer a word.
Young's Literal Translation
And I see that there is no man, Yea, of these that there is no counsellor, And I ask them, and they return word:
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
41:28 For - I looked to see if I could find any man that could foretel future events. No man - Not any, of the idols; for the word man is sometimes used by the Hebrews of brute creatures, and even of lifeless things. No counsellor - Though these idols were often consulted, yet none of them were able to give any solid and certain advice concerning future things.
What a precious promise to the young Christian, or to the old Christian attacked by lowness of spirits and distress of mind! "Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer the Holy One of Israel. Christian brethren, there are some in this congregation, I hope many, who have solemnly devoted themselves to the cause and service of the Lord Jesus Christ: let them hear, then, the preparation which is necessary for this service set forth in the word …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
The Fulfilled Prophecies of the Bible Bespeak the Omniscience of Its Author
Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
Has the LORD ever needed anyone's advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?
They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It can't even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It can't rescue anyone from trouble.
Why was no one there when I came? Why didn't anyone answer when I called? Is it because I have no power to rescue? No, that is not the reason! For I can speak to the sea and make it dry up! I can turn rivers into deserts covered with dying fish.
He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.
I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me.
now I will 'destine' you for the sword. All of you will bow down before the executioner. For when I called, you did not answer. When I spoke, you did not listen. You deliberately sinned--before my very eyes--and chose to do what you know I despise."
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