1 "Keep silence before Me, O islands, and let the people renew their strength; let them come near, then let them speak; let us come near together to judgment.
2 "Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to His foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? He gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.
3 He pursued them, and passed safely, even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am He."
5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
6 They helped every one his neighbor, and every one said to his brother, "Be of good courage."
7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer, him that smote the anvil, saying, "It is ready for the soldering"; and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
8 "But thou, Israel, art My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham My friend.
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, `Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee and not cast thee away'--
10 fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.