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katapi HOME Isaiah 41:1-20 - God's assurance to Israel.  Is.41.1-20

41 1 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.

41 2 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.
41 3 He pursues them and passes on safely,
by paths his feet have not trod.
41 4 Who has performed and done this,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the LORD, the first,
and with the last; I am He.

41 5 The coastlands have seen and are afraid,
the ends of the earth tremble;
they have drawn near and come.
41 6 Every one helps his neighbor,
and says to his brother, "Take courage!"
41 7 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.

41 8 But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
41 9 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";
41 10 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.

41 11 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.
41 12 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.
41 13 For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."

41 14 Fear not, you worm Jacob,
you men of Israel!
I will help you, says the LORD;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
41 15 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;
41 16 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.
41 17 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.
41 18 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.
41 19 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;
41 20 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.


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