Isaiah 41:8-13

8 “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

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Isaiah 41:8-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 41

This chapter contains a summons to the enemies of Christ to come and try the cause between God and them before him; words of comfort to true believers, promising them help, protection, and provision; full conviction of idolaters, and their practices; and is closed with a promise of some great person, and what he will do unto them, and for the people of God. The summons is in Isa 41:1, expressed according to the forms used in courts of judicature. The issue of the controversy is put upon this foot, the raising up a certain person from the east, who it was that did it, which appearing to be the work of the Lord, proves the point contended about, Isa 41:2-4, the obstinate persistence of idolaters in their idolatry, notwithstanding this is observed, Isa 41:5-7, the people of God, under the names of Jacob and Israel, the objects of God's choice and affection, Isa 41:8,9 are encouraged against the fear of men, with promises of help and strength from the Lord, Isa 41:10,13,14 of confusion to their enemies, and victory over them, Isa 41:11,12,15,16, and of spiritual provisions, and great prosperity in their wilderness state, in which they should manifestly see the hand of the Lord, Isa 41:17-20 when the idolatrous nations are challenged to produce their strong reasons for their idolatry, and are put upon proving that their idols can foretell things to come, or do good or evil to men, or own they are nothing but an abomination, Isa 41:21-24,26 and then one is spoken of that should come as a mighty warrior, and tread down the Pagan princes, and a set of Gospel ministers should be sent, bringing good tidings to Zion, to the silencing of idolaters, and the cessation of idolatrous worship, Isa 41:25,27,28.

Isaiah 41:8-13 In-Context

6 they help each other and say to their companions, “Be strong!”
7 The metalworker encourages the goldsmith, and the one who smooths with the hammer spurs on the one who strikes the anvil. One says of the welding, “It is good.” The other nails down the idol so it will not topple.
8 “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.

Cross References 22

  • 1. S Psalms 136:22; S Isaiah 27:11
  • 2. S Isaiah 14:1
  • 3. S Isaiah 29:22; Isaiah 51:2; Isaiah 63:16
  • 4. 2 Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23
  • 5. Isaiah 11:12; S Isaiah 37:16
  • 6. S ver 4
  • 7. S Isaiah 20:3
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 7:6
  • 9. S Genesis 15:1
  • 10. S Deuteronomy 3:22; Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 43:2,5; Jeremiah 30:10; Jeremiah 46:27-28; Romans 8:31
  • 11. S Psalms 68:35; S Psalms 119:28
  • 12. ver 13-14; Isaiah 44:2; Isaiah 49:8; Isaiah 50:7,9
  • 13. S Psalms 18:35; S Psalms 119:117
  • 14. S Exodus 3:20; S Job 40:14
  • 15. S Isaiah 17:12
  • 16. Isaiah 29:22; Isaiah 45:24; Isaiah 54:17
  • 17. S Exodus 23:22
  • 18. S Isaiah 29:8; S Jeremiah 2:3
  • 19. Psalms 37:35-36; S Isaiah 34:12
  • 20. S Job 7:8; Isaiah 17:14; Isaiah 29:20
  • 21. Psalms 73:23; Isaiah 42:6; Isaiah 45:1; Isaiah 51:18
  • 22. ver 10