|Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; |
let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
let us together draw near for judgment.
|God's assurance to Israel. Is.41.1-20|
|Who stirred up one from the east |
whom victory meets at every step?
He gives up nations before him,
so that he tramples kings under foot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
like driven stubble with his bow.
|He pursues them and passes on safely, |
by paths his feet have not trod.
|Who has performed and done this, |
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the LORD, the first,
and with the last; I am He.
|The coastlands have seen and are afraid, |
the ends of the earth tremble;
they have drawn near and come.
|Every one helps his neighbor, |
and says to his brother, "Take courage!"
|The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, |
and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, "It is good";
and they fasten it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
|But you, Israel, my servant, |
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
|you whom I took from the ends of the earth, |
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, "You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off";
|fear not, for I am with you, |
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
|Behold, all who are incensed against you |
shall be put to shame and confounded;
those who strive against you
shall be as nothing and shall perish.
|You shall seek those who contend with you, |
but you shall not find them;
those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
|For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; |
it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
|Fear not, you worm Jacob, |
you men of Israel!
I will help you, says the LORD;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
|Behold, I will make of you a threshing sledge, |
new, sharp, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
and you shall make the hills like chaff;
|You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, |
and the tempest shall scatter them.
And you shall rejoice in the LORD;
in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
|When the poor and needy seek water, |
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the LORD will answer them,
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
|I will open rivers on the bare heights, |
and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
|I will put in the wilderness the cedar, |
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together;
|that men may see and know, |
may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.
|Set forth your case, says the LORD; |
bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
|The LORD's challenge to false gods. Is.41.21-29|
|Let them bring them, and tell us |
what is to happen.
Tell us the former things, what they are,
that we may consider them,
that we may know their outcome;
or declare to us the things to come.
|Tell us what is to come hereafter, |
that we may know that you are gods;
do good, or do harm,
that we may be dismayed and terrified.
|Behold, you are nothing, |
and your work is nought;
an abomination is he who chooses you.
|I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, |
from the rising of the sun, and he shall call on my name;
he shall trample on rulers as on mortar,
as the potter treads clay.
|Who declared it from the beginning, that we might know, |
and beforetime, that we might say, "He is right"?
There was none who declared it, none who proclaimed,
none who heard your words.
|I first have declared it to Zion, |
and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings.
|But when I look there is no one; |
among these there is no counselor
who, when I ask, gives an answer.
|Behold, they are all a delusion; |
their works are nothing;
their molten images are empty wind.
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