Isaiah 41:1-20 ESV

Fear Not, For I Am with You

1 1Listen to me in silence, 2O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.

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2 3Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every 4step?a 5He gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, 6like driven stubble with his bow.

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    • ñ 41:2 - Or whom righteousness calls to follow?
      3 He pursues them and passes on safely, by paths his feet have not trod.
      4 7Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? 8I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

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      5 9The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come.

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      6 Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, "Be strong!"
      7 10The craftsman strengthens the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, "It is good"; and they strengthen it with nails 11so that it cannot be moved.

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      8 But you, Israel, 12my servant, Jacob, 13whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, 14my friend;

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      9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called 15from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are 16my servant, 17I have chosen you and not cast you off";

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          10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with 18my righteous right hand.

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          11 19Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.

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          12 20You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; 21those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.

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          13 For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."
          14 Fear not, you 22worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your 23Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

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          15 24Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh 25the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;

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          16 26you shall winnow them, and 27the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. 28And you shall rejoice in the LORD; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

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              17 29When 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.

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              18 30I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. 31I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

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              19 32I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert 33the cypress, the plane and the pine together,

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              20 that they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that 34the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

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