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Isaiah 41
Good News Translation

God’s Assurance to Israel

41God says, "Be silent and listen to me, you distant lands! Get ready to present your case in court; you will have your chance to speak. Let us come together to decide who is right.H2790H339H3816H2498H3581H5066H1696H7126H3162H4941 2"Who was it that brought the conqueror from the east and makes him triumphant wherever he goes? Who gives him victory over kings and nations? His sword strikes them down as if they were dust. His arrows scatter them like straw before the wind.H5782H6664H4217H7121H7272H5414H1471H6440H7287H4428H5414H6083H2719H5086H7179H7198 3He follows in pursuit and marches safely on, so fast that he hardly touches the ground!H7291H5674H7965H734H935H7272 4Who was it that made this happen? Who has determined the course of history? I, the LORD, was there at the beginning, and I, the LORD, will be there at the end.H6466H6213H7121H1755H7218H3068H7223H314 5"The people of distant lands have seen what I have done; they are frightened and tremble with fear. So they all assemble and come.H339H7200H3372H7098H776H2729H7126H857 6The skilled workers help and encourage each other.H5826H376H7453H559H251H2388 7The carpenter says to the goldsmith, 'Well done!' The one who beats the idol smooth encourages the one who nails it together. They say, 'The soldering is good'—and they fasten the idol in place with nails.H2796H2388H6884H2505H6360H1986H6471H559H2896H1694H2388H4548H4131 8"But you, Israel my servant, you are the people that I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham, my friend.H3478H5650H3290H977H2233H85H157 9I brought you from the ends of the earth; I called you from its farthest corners and said to you, 'You are my servant.' I did not reject you, but chose you.H2388H7098H776H7121H678H559H5650H977H3988 10Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.H3372H8159H430H553H5826H8551H3225H6664 11"Those who are angry with you will know the shame of defeat. Those who fight against you will dieH2734H954H3637H582H7379H6 12and will disappear from the earth.H1245H4672H582H4695H4421H657 13I am the LORD your God; I strengthen you and tell you, 'Do not be afraid; I will help you.' "H3068H430H2388H3225H559H3372H5826 14The LORD says, "Small and weak as you are, Israel, don't be afraid; I will help you. I, the holy God of Israel, am the one who saves you.H3372H8438H3290H4962H3478H5826H5002H3068H1350H6918H3478 15I will make you like a threshing board, with spikes that are new and sharp. You will thresh mountains and destroy them; hills will crumble into dust.H7760H2319H2742H4173H1167H6374H1758H2022H1854H7760H1389H4671 16You will toss them in the air; the wind will carry them off, and they will be scattered by the storm. Then you will be happy because I am your God; you will praise me, the holy God of Israel.H2219H7307H5375H5591H6327H1523H3068H1984H6918H3478 17"When my people in their need look for water, when their throats are dry with thirst, then I, the LORD, will answer their prayer; I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.H6041H34H1245H4325H3956H5405H6772H3068H6030H430H3478H5800 18I will make rivers flow among barren hills and springs of water run in the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the dry land into flowing springs.H6605H5104H8205H4599H8432H1237H7760H4057H98H4325H6723H776H4161H4325 19I will make cedars grow in the desert, and acacias and myrtles and olive trees. Forests will grow in barren land, forests of pine and juniper and cypress.H5414H4057H730H7848H1918H8081H6086H7760H6160H1265H8410H8391H3162 20People will see this and know that I, the LORD, have done it. They will come to understand that Israel's holy God has made it happen."H7200H3045H7760H7919H3162H3027H3068H6213H6918H3478H1254

The Lord’s Challenge to False Gods

21The LORD, the king of Israel, has this to say: "You gods of the nations, present your case. Bring the best arguments you have!H7126H7379H559H3068H5066H6110H559H4428H3290 22Come here and predict what will happen, so that we will know it when it takes place. Explain to the court the events of the past, and tell us what they mean.H5066H5046H7136H5046H7223H7760H3820H3045H319H8085H935 23Tell us what the future holds—then we will know that you are gods! Do something good or bring some disaster; fill us with fear and awe!H5046H857H268H3045H430H3190H7489H8159H7200H3162 24You and all you do are nothing; those who worship you are disgusting!H369H6467H659H8441H977 25"I have chosen a man who lives in the east; I will bring him to attack from the north. He tramples on rulers as if they were mud, like a potter trampling clay.H5782H6828H857H4217H8121H7121H8034H935H5461H2563H3335H7429H2916 26Which of you predicted that this would happen, so that we could say that you were right? None of you said a word about it; no one heard you say a thing!H5046H7218H3045H6440H559H6662H5046H8085H8085H561 27I, the LORD, was the first to tell Zion the news; I sent a messenger to Jerusalem to say, 'Your people are coming! They are coming home!'H7223H6726H2009H2009H5414H3389H1319 28When I looked among the gods, none of them had a thing to say; not one could answer the questions I asked.H7200H376H3289H7592H7725H1697 29All these gods are useless; they can do nothing at all—these idols are weak and powerless."H205H4639H657H5262H7307H8414


Good News Translation. Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. More details.

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