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Isaiah 41
New International Version (1984)

The Helper of Israel

41"Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment.H2790H339H3816H2498H3581H5066H1696H7126H3162H4941 2"Who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service? He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow.H5782H6664H4217H7121H7272H5414H1471H6440H7287H4428H5414H6083H2719H5086H7179H7198 3He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before.H7291H5674H7965H734H935H7272 4Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD--with the first of them and with the last--I am he."H6466H6213H7121H1755H7218H3068H7223H314 5The islands have seen it and fear; the ends of the earth tremble. They approach and come forward;H339H7200H3372H7098H776H2729H7126H857 6each helps the other and says to his brother, "Be strong!"H5826H376H7453H559H251H2388 7The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, "It is good." He nails down the idol so it will not topple.H2796H2388H6884H2505H6360H1986H6471H559H2896H1694H2388H4548H4131 8"But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,H3478H5650H3290H977H2233H85H157 9I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.H2388H7098H776H7121H678H559H5650H977H3988 10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.H3372H8159H430H553H5826H8551H3225H6664 11"All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.H2734H954H3637H582H7379H6 12Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.H1245H4672H582H4695H4421H657 13For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.H3068H430H2388H3225H559H3372H5826 14Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.H3372H8438H3290H4962H3478H5826H5002H3068H1350H6918H3478 15"See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.H7760H2319H2742H4173H1167H6374H1758H2022H1854H7760H1389H4671 16You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel.H2219H7307H5375H5591H6327H1523H3068H1984H6918H3478 17"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.H6041H34H1245H4325H3956H5405H6772H3068H6030H430H3478H5800 18I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.H6605H5104H8205H4599H8432H1237H7760H4057H98H4325H6723H776H4161H4325 19I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together,H5414H4057H730H7848H1918H8081H6086H7760H6160H1265H8410H8391H3162 20so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.H7200H3045H7760H7919H3162H3027H3068H6213H6918H3478H1254 21"Present your case," says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.H7126H7379H559H3068H5066H6110H559H4428H3290 22"Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,H5066H5046H7136H5046H7223H7760H3820H3045H319H8085H935 23tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.H5046H857H268H3045H430H3190H7489H8159H7200H3162 24But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; he who chooses you is detestable.H369H6467H659H8441H977 25"I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes--one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay.H5782H6828H857H4217H8121H7121H8034H935H5461H2563H3335H7429H2916 26Who told of this from the beginning, so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, 'He was right'? No one told of this, no one foretold it, no one heard any words from you.H5046H7218H3045H6440H559H6662H5046H8085H8085H561 27I was the first to tell Zion, 'Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings.H7223H6726H2009H2009H5414H3389H1319 28I look but there is no one--no one among them to give counsel, no one to give answer when I ask them.H7200H376H3289H7592H7725H1697 29See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion.H205H4639H657H5262H7307H8414




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