Isaiah 41:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 You will winnow1 them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale2 will blow them away.3 But you will rejoice4 in the LORD and glory5 in the Holy One6 of Israel. 17 "The poor and needy search for water,7 but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.8 But I the LORD will answer9 them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake10 them. 18 I will make rivers flow11 on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert12 into pools of water,13 and the parched ground into springs.14 19 I will put in the desert15 the cedar and the acacia,16 the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines17 in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress18 together,19 20 so that people may see and know,20 may consider and understand,21 that the hand22 of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One23 of Israel has created24 it. 21 "Present your case,25" says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.26 22 "Bring in [ your idols] to tell us what is going to happen.27 Tell us what the former things28 were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,29 23 tell us what the future holds, so we may know30 that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad,31 so that we will be dismayed32 and filled with fear. 24 But you are less than nothing33 and your works are utterly worthless;34 he who chooses you is detestable.35 25 "I have stirred36 up one from the north,37 and he comes-- one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads38 on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay. 26 Who told of this from the beginning,39 so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, 'He was right'? No one told of this, no one foretold40 it, no one heard any words41 from you.
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