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Isaiah 41
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Israel Encouraged

41LISTEN IN silence before Me, O islands {and} regions bordering on the sea! And let the people gather {and} renew their strength [for the argument; let them offer their strongest arguments]! Let them come near, then let them speak; let us come near together for judgment [and decide the point at issue between us concerning the enemy advancing from the east].H2790H339H3816H2498H3581H5066H1696H7126H3162H4941 2Who has roused up one [Cyrus] from the east, whom He calls in righteousness to His service {and} whom victory meets at every step? He [the Lord] subdues nations before him and makes him ruler over kings. He turns them to dust with the sword [of Cyrus], and to driven straw {and} chaff with his bow.H5782H6664H4217H7121H7272H5414H1471H6440H7287H4428H5414H6083H2719H5086H7179H7198 3He [Cyrus] pursues them and passes safely {and} unhindered, even by a way his feet had not trod {and} so swiftly that his feet do not touch the ground.H7291H5674H7965H734H935H7272 4Who has prepared and done this, calling forth {and} guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord--the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]--I am He.H6466H6213H7121H1755H7218H3068H7223H314 5The islands {and} coastlands have seen and fear; the ends of the earth tremble. They draw near and come;H339H7200H3372H7098H776H2729H7126H857 6They help every one his neighbor and say to his brother [in his tiresome idol making], Be of good courage!H5826H376H7453H559H251H2388 7So the carpenter encourages the goldsmith, {and} he who smooths [the metal] with the hammer [encourages] him who smites the anvil, saying of the soldering, That is good! And he fastens it with nails so that it cannot be moved.H2796H2388H6884H2505H6360H1986H6471H559H2896H1694H2388H4548H4131 8But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham My friend,H3478H5650H3290H977H2233H85H157 9You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth and have called from the corners of it, and said to you, You are My servant--I have chosen you and not cast you off [even though you are exiled].H2388H7098H776H7121H678H559H5650H977H3988 10Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror {and} be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen {and} harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up {and} retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness {and} justice.H3372H8159H430H553H5826H8551H3225H6664 11Behold, all they who are enraged {and} inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.H2734H954H3637H582H7379H6 12You shall seek those who contend with you but shall not find them; they who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all.H1245H4672H582H4695H4421H657 13For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!H3068H430H2388H3225H559H3372H5826 14Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.H3372H8438H3290H4962H3478H5826H5002H3068H1350H6918H3478 15Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff.H7760H2319H2742H4173H1167H6374H1758H2022H1854H7760H1389H4671 16You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest {or} whirlwind shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord, you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.H2219H7307H5375H5591H6327H1523H3068H1984H6918H3478 17The poor and needy are seeking water when there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.H6041H34H1245H4325H3956H5405H6772H3068H6030H430H3478H5800 18I 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.H6605H5104H8205H4599H8432H1237H7760H4057H98H4325H6723H776H4161H4325 19I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the wild olive; I will set the cypress in the desert, the plane [tree] and the pine [tree] together,H5414H4057H730H7848H1918H8081H6086H7760H6160H1265H8410H8391H3162 20That men may see and know and consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.H7200H3045H7760H7919H3162H3027H3068H6213H6918H3478H1254 21[You idols made by men's hands, prove your divinity!] Produce your cause [set forth your case], says the Lord. Bring forth your strong proofs, says the King of Jacob.H7126H7379H559H3068H5066H6110H559H4428H3290 22Let them bring them forth and tell us what is to happen. Let them tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them and know the outcome of them; or declare to us the things to come.H5066H5046H7136H5046H7223H7760H3820H3045H319H8085H935 23Tell us the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; yes, do good or do evil [something or other], that we may stare in astonishment {and} be dismayed as we behold [the miracle] together!H5046H857H268H3045H430H3190H7489H8159H7200H3162 24Behold, you [idols] are nothing, and your work is nothing! The worshiper who chooses you is an abomination [extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in God's sight].H369H6467H659H8441H977 25I have raised up {and} impelled to action one from the north [Cyrus], and he comes; from the rising of the sun he calls upon My name [recognizing that his victories have been granted to him by Me]. And he shall tread upon rulers {and} deputies as upon mortar and as the potter treads clay. [He comes with the suddenness of a comet, but none of the idol oracles of the nations has anticipated it.]H5782H6828H857H4217H8121H7121H8034H935H5461H2563H3335H7429H2916 26[What idol] has declared this from the beginning, that we could know? And beforetime, that we could say that he is [unquestionably] right? Yes, there is none who declares it, yes, there is none who proclaims it; yes, [for the truth is, O you dumb idols] there is none who hears you speak!H5046H7218H3045H6440H559H6662H5046H8085H8085H561 27I [the Lord] first gave to Zion the announcement, Behold, [the Jews will be restored to their own land, and the man Cyrus shall be raised up who will deliver them] behold them! And to Jerusalem I gave a herald [Isaiah] bringing the good news.H7223H6726H2009H2009H5414H3389H1319 28For I look [upon the heathen prophets and the priests of pagan practices] and there is no man among them [who could predict these events], and among these [idols] there is no counselor who, when I ask of him, can answer a word.H7200H376H3289H7592H7725H1697 29Behold, these [pagan prophets and priests] are all emptiness (falseness and futility)! Their works are worthless; their molten images are empty wind (confusion and waste).H205H4639H657H5262H7307H8414


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