and let the peoples renew their strength.
Let them come near, then let them speak.
Let us meet together for judgment.
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.
even by paths his feet had not trod.
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, Yahweh, the first,
and with the last, I am he.”
The ends of the earth tremble.
They approach, and come.
They say to their brothers, “Be strong!”
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.
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend,
and called from its corners,
and said to you, ‘You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you away,’
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.
will be disappointed and confounded.
Those who strive with you
will be like nothing, and will perish.
even those who contend with you.
Those who war against you will be as nothing,
as a non–existent thing.
will hold your right hand,
saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid.
I will help you.’
and you men of Israel.
I will help you,”
“and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
You will thresh the mountains and beat them small,
and will make the hills like chaff.
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.
Their tongue fails for thirst.
I, Yahweh, will answer them.
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
in the wilderness.
I will set fir trees, pine, and box trees
together in the desert,
consider and understand together
that the hand of Yahweh has done this
and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
“Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.
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.
that we may know that you are gods.
Yes, do good or do evil,
that we may be dismayed and see it together.
and your work is of nothing.
The one who chooses you is an abomination.
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.
that we may know?
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.
‘Behold, look at them,’
and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.
even among them there is no counselor who,
when I ask of them, can answer a word.
their works are vanity and nothing.
Their cast metal images are wind and confusion.”