Isaiah 41:5

5 The islands have seen it and fear; the ends of the earth tremble. They approach and come forward;

Read Isaiah 41:5 Using Other Translations

The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come.
The lands beyond the sea watch in fear. Remote lands tremble and mobilize for war.

What does Isaiah 41:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 41:5

The isles saw it, and feared
Not the victory which Abraham got over the kings; nor Cyrus's expedition against Babylon, and other nations, and his deliverance of the Jews; but the progress of the Gospel, through the ministry of the Apostle Paul: the idolatrous inhabitants of the Gentile nations saw great multitudes embracing and professing the Gospel; they saw their idols neglected, and their temples abandoned; they feared what would be the consequence of all this, that their old religion their fathers retained, and they were brought up in, would be abolished; and especially a panic seized the priests on this account, whose livelihood depended upon it: the ends of the earth were afraid;
for the sound of the Gospel by him, and other apostles, went into all the earth, and their words to the end of the world, ( Romans 10:18 ) meaning the inhabitants that dwelt in the furthest parts of the earth, where ignorance and idolatry wholly reigned: they drew near, and came: not to God, nor to Abraham, or Cyrus; rather to their gods, to exert themselves in the defence of their religion; or, which is best, they got together to consult what was proper to be done on such an emergency.

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