Isaiah 41 (Lexham English Bible)

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God Helps Israel

1 Listen to me in silence, coastlands, and let nations renew [their] strength. Let them approach, then let them speak; let us draw near together for judgment. 2 Who has roused salvation from the east, summoneda him to his foot, gives nations {in his presence},b and subjugates kings? He makesc [them] like the dust [with] his sword, like scattered stubble [with] his bow. 3 He pursues them [and] passes on [in] peace; he does not enter [the] path with his feet. 4 Who has accomplished and done [this], calling the generations from [the] {beginning}?d I, Yahweh, [am] first; and I [am] the one with [the] last. 5 [The] coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble. They have drawn near, and they have come. 6 Each one helpse his neighbor; he says to his brother, "Take courage!" 7 And [the] artisan encourages [the] {goldsmith},f [the] one who makes smooth with [the] hammer [encourages the] one who strikes [the] anvil, saying of the soldering, "It [is] good!" And they strengthen it with nails [so] it cannot be knocked over. 8 Butg you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you, the {offspring}h of Abraham my {friend},i 9 you whom I grasped from the ends of the earth and called from its remotest parts and told, "You [are] my servant; I have chosen you and I have not rejected you." 10 You must not fear, for I [am] with you; you must not be afraid, for I [am] your God. I will strengthen you, indeed I will help you, indeed I will take hold of you with the right hand of my salvation. 11 Look! All those who are angry with you shall be ashamed and humiliated; {your opponents}j shall be like nothing and shall become lost. 12 You shall seek them, butk you shall not find them; {your opponents}l shall be like nothing, and the men of your war like nothing. 13 For I, Yahweh your God, [am] grasping your right hand; {it is I who say}m to you, "You must not fear; I myself, I will help you. 14 You must not fear, O worm of Jacob; people of Israel, I myself, I will help you," {declares}n Yahweh, "and your redeemer [is] the holy one of Israel. 15 Look! I will make you into a new sharp threshing sledge, {with}o sharp edges. You shall thresh and crush [the] mountains, and you shall make [the] hills like chaff. 16 You shall winnow them and [the] wind shall carry them, and [the] tempest shall scatter them. And you yourself shall rejoice in Yahweh; you shall boast in the holy one of Israel. 17 The poor and the needy [are] seeking water and [there is] none; their tongue is dried up with thirst. I, Yahweh, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18 I will open rivers on [the] barren heights and fountains in [the] midst of [the] valleys. I will make [the] wilderness like a pool of water and [the] land of dryness like springs of water. 19 I will {put}p [the] cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive oil tree in the wilderness; I will set [the] cypress, elm, and box tree together in the desert 20 so that they may see and know, and take to heart and understand together that the hand of Yahweh has done this, and the holy one of Israel has created it." 21 "Present your legal case," says Yahweh. "Bring your evidence," says the king of Jacob. 22 Let them bring [them], and let them tell us what will happen. Tell us what the former things [are] {so that}q we may take [them to] our heart and know their outcome.r Declare to us the things to come; 23 tell [us] the things coming {hereafter},s thatt we may know that you [are] gods. Indeed, do good oru do evil, thatv we may be afraid and seew together. 24 Look! you [are] nothing, and your work [is] something worthless; whoever chooses you [is] an abomination. 25 I stirred up [one] from [the] north, and he has come from [the] rising of the sun. He shall call on my name, and he shall come [on] officials as [on] mortar, and as [the] {potter} treads clay. 26 Who declared [it] from [the] {beginning}x {so that}y we might know, and {beforehand}z {so that}aa we might say, "[He is] {right}!"bb Indeed, there was no one who declared [it]; Indeed, there was no one who proclaimed [it]. Indeed there was no one who heard your words. 27 First to Zion, look! Look at them! And I give a herald of good tidings to Jerusalem. 28 Butcc I look and there is no man, and [I look] among these and there is no counselor, thatdd I might ask them and they might answer a word. 29 Look! All of them [are] deception; their works [are] nothing; their images [are] wind and emptiness.
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