THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 41 ©
The Lord summons all idolaters to judgment, v. 1. He speaks also concerning Abraham, with whom God made a covenant, and to whom he gave excellent victories, 2. Whereat the heathen were amazed, 5. But notwithstanding went on in their idolatry, 6. A friendly and comfortable speech of God to the godly Israelites, 8. With a promise that He would deliver them, 10. Destroying their enemies, 11. And blessing the believers, 17. God’s speech unto idolaters, 21. Redemption for the sake of the Messiah, 25.
KEEP1 silence before me, 2O islands; and 3let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
Who 4raised up 5the righteous man 6from the east, called him 7to his foot, gave 8the nations before him, and 9made him rule over kings? 10he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.
He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had 11not gone with his feet.
Who hath wrought and done it, 12calling the generations 13from the beginning? I the LORD, the first,a and 14with the last; I am he.
15The isles saw it, and feared; 16the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
17They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his 18brother, 19Be of good courage.
So the carpenter 20encouraged 21the goldsmith, and he 22that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering:b and he fastened 23it with nails, that it should not be moved.
But 24thou, Israel, art my servant, 25Jacob whomc I have chosen, 26the seed of Abraham 27my friend.d
Thou 28whom I have taken 29from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the 30chief men 31thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
¶Fear thou not; for I am with thee: 32be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee 33with the right hand of my righteousness.
Behold, all theye that were 34incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; 35and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Fear not, 36thou worm Jacob, and 37ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Behold, 38I will make thee a new 39sharp threshing instrument 40having teeth: 41thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills asf chaff.
Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice 42in the LORD, and shalt glory 43in the Holy One of Israel.
When 44the poor and needy seek 45water, and there is 46none, and their tongue failethg for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I willh open 47rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: Ii will make the wilderness 48a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
49I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, 50the shittahj tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and 51the pine, and 52the box tree together:
That they may see, and know, and 53consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done 54this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created 55it.
56Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your 57strong reasons, saith the King 58of Jacob.
59Let them bring them forth, and shew 60us what shall happen: 61let them shew 62the former things, what they be, that we may consider 63them, and know 64the latter end of them; or 65declare us things for to come.
Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, 66do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and 67behold it together.
Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work 68of nought: an abomination is he that 69chooseth you.
70I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and 71he shall come upon 72princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth 73clay.74
75Who hath declared 76from the beginning, that we may know? and 77beforetime, that we may say, 78He is 79righteous? yea, 80there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is 81none 82that heareth your words.
83The first shall say to Zion, Behold, 84behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem 85one that bringeth good tidings.86
For 87I beheld, and there was no man; 88even among them, and 89there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
Behold, 90they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their 91molten images are wind and confusion.