Isaiah 41

Israel Encouraged

1 a  Coastlands, listen to Me b  in silence,
And let the peoples c  gain new strength;
d  Let them come forward, then let them speak;
e  Let us come together for judgment.
2 f  Who has aroused one from the east
Whom He g  calls in righteousness to His
Lit foot
feet?
He i  delivers up nations before him
And subdues kings.
He makes them like j  dust with his sword,
As the wind-driven k  chaff with his bow.
3He pursues them, passing on in safety,
By a way he had not been
Lit going
traversing with his feet.
4 m  Who has performed and accomplished it,
Calling forth the generations from the beginning?
n  I, the  Lord, am the first, and with the last. o  I am He.’”

5The p  coastlands have seen and are afraid;
The q  ends of the earth tremble;
They have drawn near and have come.
6Each one helps his neighbor
And says to his brother, “Be strong!”
7So the r  craftsman encourages the s  smelter,
And he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil,
Saying of the soldering, “It is good”;
And he fastens it with nails,
t  So that it will not totter.
8But you, Israel u  My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
Descendant of v  Abraham My w  friend,
9You whom I have
Or taken hold of
,
y  taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its z  remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are aa  My servant,
I have ab  chosen you and not rejected you.
10‘Do not ac  fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely ad  I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous ae  right hand.’
11Behold af  all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
ag  Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 ah  You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
13“For I am the  Lord your God ai  who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘ aj  Do not fear, I will help you.’
14Do not fear, you ak  worm Jacob, you men of Israel;
I will help you,” declares the  Lord
Or even your Redeemer, the Holy One
“and am  your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges;
an  You will thresh the ao  mountains and pulverize them,
And will make the hills like chaff.
16“You will ap  winnow them, and the wind will carry them away,
And the storm will scatter them;
But you will aq  rejoice in the  Lord,
You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17“The
Or poor
afflicted and needy are seeking as  water, but there is none,
And their tongue is parched with thirst;
I, the  Lord at  will answer them Myself,
As the God of Israel I au  will not forsake them.
18I will open av  rivers on the bare heights
And springs in the midst of the valleys;
I will make aw  the wilderness a pool of water
And the dry land fountains of water.
19I will put the cedar in the wilderness,
The acacia and the ax  myrtle and the
Or oleaster
olive tree;
I will place the az  juniper in the desert
Together with the box tree and the cypress,
20That ba  they may see and recognize,
And consider and gain insight as well,
That the bb  hand of the  Lord has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.

21
Lit Bring near
Present your case,” the  Lord says.
Bring forward your strong arguments,”
The bd  King of Jacob says.
22 be  Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place;
As for the bf  former events, declare what they were,
That we may consider them and know their outcome.
Or announce to us what is coming;
23 bg  Declare the things that are going to come afterward,
That we may know that you are gods;
Indeed bh  do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together.
24Behold bi  you are of
Lit nothing
no account,
And bk  your work amounts to nothing;
He who chooses you is an bl  abomination.

25I have aroused bm  one from the north, and he has come;
From the rising of the sun he will call on My name;
And he will come upon rulers as upon bn  mortar,
Even as the potter treads clay.”
26Who has bo  declared this from the beginning, that we might know?
Or from former times, that we may say, “He is right!”?
Surely there was bp  no one who declared,
Surely there was no one who proclaimed,
Surely there was no one who heard your words.
27 bq  Formerly I said to Zion, ‘Behold, here they are.’
And to Jerusalem, ‘I will give a br  messenger of good news.’
28“But bs  when I look, there is no one,
And there is no bt  counselor
Lit out of those
among them
Who, if I ask, can bv  give an answer.
29Behold, all of them are
Another reading is nothing
false;
Their bx  works are by  worthless,
Their molten images are bz  wind and emptiness.

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