"1Coastlands, listen to Me 2in silence, And let the peoples3gainnewstrength ; 4Let them comeforward, then let them speak ; 5Let us cometogether for judgment.
"6Who has aroused one from the east Whom He 7calls in righteousness to His afeet ? He 8delivers up nationsbefore him And subdueskings. He makes them like 9dust with his sword, As the wind-driven 10chaff with his bow.
"He pursues them, passing on in safety, By a way he had not been btraversing with his feet.
"11Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning ? '12I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. 13I am He.' "
The 14coastlands have seen and are afraid ; The 15ends of the earthtremble ; They have drawnnear and have come.
6Eachonehelps his neighbor And says to his brother, "Be strong !"
So the 16craftsmanencourages the 17smelter, And he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil, Saying of the soldering, "It is good "; And he fastens it with nails, 18So that it will not totter.
"But you, Israel, 19My servant, Jacobwhom I have chosen, Descendant of 20Abraham My 21friend,
You whom I have c22taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its 23remotestparts And said to you, 'You are 24My servant, I have 25chosen you and not rejected you.
'Do not 26fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely27I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous28righthand.'
11"Behold, 29all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored ; 30Thosewhocontend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
"31You will seekthosewhoquarrel with you, but will not find them, Thosewhowar with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
"For I am the LORD your God, 32who upholds your righthand, Who says to you, '33Do not fear, I will help you.'
"Do not fear, you 34wormJacob, you men of Israel ; I will help you," declares the LORD, "dand 35your Redeemer is the HolyOne of Israel.
15"Behold, I have made you a new, sharpthreshingsledge with double edges ; 36You will thresh the 37mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff.
"You will 38winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, And the storm will scatter them; But you will 39rejoice in the LORD, You will glory in the HolyOne of Israel.
"The eafflicted and needy are seeking40water, but there is none, And their tongue is parched with thirst ; I, the LORD, 41will answer them Myself, As the God of Israel I 42will not forsake them.
"I will open43rivers on the bareheights And springs in the midst of the valleys ; I will make44the wilderness a pool of water And the drylandfountains of water.
"I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the 45myrtle and the folivetree ; I will place the 46juniper in the desertTogether with the boxtree and the cypress,
That 47they may see and recognize, And consider and gaininsight as well, That the 48hand of the LORD has donethis, And the HolyOne of Israel has created it.
"gPresent your case," the LORDsays. "Bringforward your strong arguments," The 49King of Jacobsays.
2250Let them bringforth and declare to us what is going to takeplace ; As for the 51former events, declarewhat they were, That we may consider them and know their outcome. Orannounce to us what is coming ;
2352Declare the things that are going to comeafterward, That we may know that you are gods ; Indeed, 53dogood or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and feartogether.
24Behold, 54you are of hnoaccount, And 55your work amounts to nothing ; He who chooses you is an 56abomination.
"I have aroused57one from the north, and he has come ; From the rising of the sun he will call on My name ; And he will come upon rulers as upon 58mortar, Even as the pottertreadsclay."
26Who has 59declared this from the beginning, that we might know ? Or from formertimes, that we may say, "He is right !"? Surelythere was 60noone who declared, Surelythere was noone who proclaimed, Surelythere was noone who heard your words.
"61Formerly I said to Zion, 'Behold, here they are.' And to Jerusalem, 'I will give a 62messenger of good news.'
"But 63when I look, there is noone, And there is no64counseloriamong them Who, if I ask, can 65give an answer.
29"Behold, all of them are jfalse ; Their 66works are 67worthless, Their moltenimages are 68wind and emptiness.