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Go to Commentary on Isa 41

 1 “Keep silent before me, islands,

 and let the peoples renew their strength.

 Let them come near, then let them speak.

 Let us meet together for judgment.


 2 Who has raised up one from the east

 who he calls in righteousness to his feet?

 He delivers up nations before him

 and makes him rule over kings.

 He makes them like dust with his sword,

 like the wind-driven stubble with his bow.


 3 He pursues them and passes by safely,

 even by paths his feet had not trod.


 4 Who has worked and done it,

 calling the generations from the beginning?

 I, Yahweh, the first,

 and with the last, I am he.”


The islands have seen, and fear.

 The ends of the earth tremble.

 They approach, and come.


 6 Everyone helps his neighbor.

 They say to their brothers, “Be strong!”


 7 So the carpenter encourages the goldsmith.

 He who smooths with the hammer

 encourages him who strikes the anvil,

 saying of the soldering, “It is good,”

 and he fastens it with nails, that it might not totter.


“But you, Israel my servant,

 Jacob whom I have chosen,

 the seed of Abraham my friend,


 9 you whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth

 and called from its corners,

 and said to you, ‘You are my servant,

 I have chosen you and not cast you away,’


 10 do not you be afraid, for I am with you.

 Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

 I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you.

 Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.


Behold, all those who are incensed against you

 will be disappointed and confounded.

 Those who strive with you

 will be like nothing, and will perish.


 12 You will seek them and won’t find them,

 even those who contend with you.

 Those who war against you will be as nothing,

 as a non–existent thing.


 13 For I, Yahweh your God,

 will hold your right hand,

 saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid.

 I will help you.’


 14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,

 and you men of Israel.

 I will help you,”

 says Yahweh,

 “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.


 15 Behold, I have made you into a new sharp threshing instrument

 with teeth.

 You will thresh the mountains and beat them small,

 and will make the hills like chaff.


 16 You will winnow them,

 and the wind will carry them away,

 and the whirlwind will scatter them.

 You will rejoice in Yahweh.

 You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.


“The poor and needy seek water, and there is none.

 Their tongue fails for thirst.

 I, Yahweh, will answer them.

 I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.


 18 I will open rivers on the bare heights

 and springs in the middle of the valleys.

 I will make the wilderness a pool of water

 and the dry land springs of water.


 19 I will put cedar, acacia, myrtle and oil trees

 in the wilderness.

 I will set fir trees, pine, and box trees

 together in the desert,


 20 that they may see, know,

 consider and understand together

 that the hand of Yahweh has done this

 and the Holy One of Israel has created it.


“Produce your cause,” says Yahweh.

 “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.


 22 “Let them announce and declare to us

 what will happen.

 Declare the former things, what they are,

 that we may consider them,

 and know the latter end of them;

 or show us things to come.


 23 Declare the things that are to come afterward,

 that we may know that you are gods.

 Yes, do good or do evil,

 that we may be dismayed and see it together.


 24 Behold, you are of nothing,

 and your work is of nothing.

 The one who chooses you is an abomination.


“I have raised up one from the north, and he has come;

 from the rising of the sun, one who calls on my name,

 and he will come on rulers as on mortar,

 and as the potter treads clay.


 26 Who has declared it from the beginning,

 that we may know?

 And before,

 that we may say, ‘He is right?’

 Surely, there is no one who declares.

 Surely, there is no one who shows.

 Surely, there is no one who hears your words.


 27 I am the first to say to Zion,

 ‘Behold, look at them,’

 and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.


 28 When I look, there is no man;

 even among them there is no counselor who,

 when I ask of them, can answer a word.


 29 Behold, all of them,

 their works are vanity and nothing.

 Their cast metal images are wind and confusion.”


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