41:1 Keep silent before me, O islands; and let the peoples renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak; let us come near together to judgment.
41:2 Who has raised up one from the east, whom he calls in righteousness to his foot? He gives nations before him, and makes him rule over kings; he gives them as the dust to his sword, as the driven stubble to his bow.
41:3 He pursues them, and passes on safely, even by a way that he had not gone with his feet.
41:4 Who has wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, Yahweh, the first, and with the last, I am he.
41:5 The isles have seen, and fear; the ends of the earth tremble; they draw near, and come.
41:6 A man helps his fellow man; and says to his brother, Be of good courage.
41:7 So the carpenter encourages the goldsmith, [and] he who smoothes with the hammer him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, It is good; and he fastens it with nails, that it should not be moved.
41:8 But you, Israel, my slave, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,
41:9 you whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called from its corners, and said to you, You are my slave, I have chosen you and not cast you away;
41:10 Don't be afraid, for I am with you; don't be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
41:11 Look, all those who are incensed against you will be put to shame and confounded: those who strive with you will be as nothing, and will perish.
41:12 You will seek them, and will not find them, even those who contend with you: those who war against you will be as nothing, and as a thing of nothing.
41:13 For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Don't be afraid; I will help you.
41:14 Don't be afraid, you worm Jacob, and you+ vermin Israel; I will help you, says Yahweh, and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
41:15 Look, I have made you [to be] a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth; you will thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and will make the hills as chaff.
41:16 You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the whirlwind will scatter them; and you will rejoice in Yahweh, you will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
41:17 The poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue fails for thirst; I, Yahweh, 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, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert the fir-tree, the pine, and the box-tree together:
41:20 that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of Yahweh has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
41:21 Produce your+ cause, says Yahweh; bring forth your+ strong reasons, says the King of Jacob.
41:22 Let them bring forth, and declare to us what will happen: declare+ the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or show us things to come.
41:23 Declare the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you+ are gods: yes, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed and watch it together.
41:24 Look, you+ are of nothing, and your+ work is of nothing; he who chooses you+ is disgusting.
41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he has come; from the rising of the sun one who calls on my name: and he will trample rulers as mortar, and as the potter treads clay.
41:26 Who has declared it from the beginning, that we may know? And formerly, that we may say, [He is] right? Yes, there is none who declares, yes, there is none who shows, yes, there is none who hears your+ words.
41:27 [I am the] first [who says] to Zion, Look, look at them; and I will give to Jerusalem one who brings good news.
41:28 And when I look, there is no man: even among them there is no counselor, who, when I ask of them, can answer a word.
41:29 Look, all of them, their works are vanity [and] nothing; their molten images are wind and confusion.
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