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Isaiah 41
New Revised Standard Version

Israel Assured of God’s Help

41Listen 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.H2790H339H3816H2498H3581H5066H1696H7126H3162H4941 2Who has roused a victor from the east, summoned him to his service? He delivers up nations to him, and tramples kings under foot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble with his bow.H5782H6664H4217H7121H7272H5414H1471H6440H7287H4428H5414H6083H2719H5086H7179H7198 3He pursues them and passes on safely, scarcely touching the path with his feet.H7291H5674H7965H734H935H7272 4Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, am first, and will be with the last.H6466H6213H7121H1755H7218H3068H7223H314 5The coastlands have seen and are afraid, the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come.H339H7200H3372H7098H776H2729H7126H857 6Each one helps the other, saying to one another, "Take courage!"H5826H376H7453H559H251H2388 7The artisan encourages the goldsmith, and the one who smooths with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, "It is good"; and they fasten 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 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";H2388H7098H776H7121H678H559H5650H977H3988 10do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.H3372H8159H430H553H5826H8551H3225H6664 11Yes, all who are incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.H2734H954H3637H582H7379H6 12You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.H1245H4672H582H4695H4421H657 13For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Do not fear, I will help you."H3068H430H2388H3225H559H3372H5826 14Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you insect Israel! I will help you, says the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.H3372H8438H3290H4962H3478H5826H5002H3068H1350H6918H3478 15Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff.H7760H2319H2742H4173H1167H6374H1758H2022H1854H7760H1389H4671 16You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. Then you shall rejoice in the LORD; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.H2219H7307H5375H5591H6327H1523H3068H1984H6918H3478 17When 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.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 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,H5414H4057H730H7848H1918H8081H6086H7760H6160H1265H8410H8391H3162 20so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.H7200H3045H7760H7919H3162H3027H3068H6213H6918H3478H1254

The Futility of Idols

21Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.H7126H7379H559H3068H5066H6110H559H4428H3290 22Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, so that we may consider them, and that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come.H5066H5046H7136H5046H7223H7760H3820H3045H319H8085H935 23Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be afraid and terrified.H5046H857H268H3045H430H3190H7489H8159H7200H3162 24You, indeed, are nothing and your work is nothing at all; whoever chooses you is an abomination.H369H6467H659H8441H977 25I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, from the rising of the sun he was summoned by name. He shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay.H5782H6828H857H4217H8121H7121H8034H935H5461H2563H3335H7429H2916 26Who declared it from the beginning, so that we might know, and beforehand, so that we might say, "He is right"? There was no one who declared it, none who proclaimed, none who heard your words.H5046H7218H3045H6440H559H6662H5046H8085H8085H561 27I first have declared it to Zion, and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings.H7223H6726H2009H2009H5414H3389H1319 28But when I look there is no one; among these there is no counselor who, when I ask, gives an answer.H7200H376H3289H7592H7725H1697 29No, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their images are empty wind.H205H4639H657H5262H7307H8414


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