41 2 God’s mercy in choosing his people. 6 Their idolatry. 27 Deliverance promised to Zion.

Keep [a]silence before me, O islands, and let the people [b]renew their strength: let them come near, and let them speak: let us come together into judgment.

Who raised up [c]justice from the East, and called him to his foot? and gave the nations before him, and subdued the kings? he gave them as dust to his sword, and as scattered stubble unto his bow.

He pursued them, and passed safely by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

Who hath wrought and done it? he that calleth the [d]generations from the beginning. I the Lord am the [e]first, and with the last I am the same.

The isles saw it, and did [f]fear, and the ends of the earth were abashed, drew near, and [g]came.

Every man helped his neighbor, and said to his brother, [h]Be strong.

So the workman comforted the founder, and he that smote with the hammer, him that smote by course, saying, It is ready for the soldering, and he fastened it with nails that it should not be moved.

¶ But thou, Israel, art my [i]servant, and thou Jacob, whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

For I have taken thee from the ends of the earth, and called thee before the chief thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant: I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not afraid, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, and help thee, and will sustain thee with the [j]right hand of my justice.

11 Behold, all they that provoke thee, shall be ashamed, and confounded: they shall be as nothing, and they that strive with thee shall perish.

12 Thou shalt seek them and shalt not [k]find them: to wit, the men of thy strife, for they shall be as nothing, and the men that war against thee, as a thing of nought.

13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee.

14 Fear not thou [l]worm, Jacob, and ye men of Israel: I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer the holy One of Israel.

15 Behold, I will make thee a roller, and a new threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the [m]mountains, and bring them to powder, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the holy One of Israel.

17 When [n]the poor and the needy seek water, and there is none (their tongue faileth for thirst: I the Lord will hear them: I the God of Israel will not forsake them:)

18 I will open rivers in the tops of the hills, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness as a pool of water, and the waste [o]land as springs of water.

19 I will set in the wilderness the cedar, the Shittah, and the myrrhe tree, and the pine tree, and I will set in the wilderness the fir tree, the elm and the box tree together.

20 Therefore let them see and know, and let them consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the holy One of Israel [p]hath created it.

21 [q]Stand to your cause, saith the Lord: bring forth your strong reasons saith the King of Jacob.

22 Let them bring them forth, and let them tell us what shall come, let them show the former things what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them: either declare us things for to come.

23 Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good or do evil, that we may declare it, and behold it together.

24 Behold, ye are of no value, and your making is of naught: man hath [r]chosen an abomination by them.

25 ¶ I have raised up from the [s]North, and he shall come: from the East sun shall he [t]call upon my name, and shall come upon [u]princes as upon clay, and as the potter treadeth mire under the foot.

26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? or before time, that we may say, He is righteous? Surely there is none that showeth: surely there is none that declareth: surely there is none that heareth [v]your words.

27 I am the first, that saith to Zion, Behold, behold [w]them: and I will give to Jerusalem [x]one that shall bring good tidings.

28 But when [y]I beheld, there was none: and when I inquired of them, there was no counselor, and when I demanded of them, they answered not a word.

29 Behold, they are all vanity: their work is of nothing, their images are wind and confusion.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 41:1 God as though he pleaded his cause with all nations, requireth silence, that he may be heard in his right.
  2. Isaiah 41:1 That is, gather all their power and supports.
  3. Isaiah 41:2 Who called Abraham (who was the pattern of God’s justice in delivering his Church) from the idolatry of the Chaldeans to go to and fro at his commandment, and placed him in the land of Canaan.
  4. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath created man and maintained his succession.
  5. Isaiah 41:4 Though the world set up never so many gods, yet they diminish nothing of my glory: for I am all one, unchangeable, which have ever been, and shall be forever.
  6. Isaiah 41:5 Considering mine excellent works among my people.
  7. Isaiah 41:5 They assembled themselves and conspired against me to maintain their idolatry.
  8. Isaiah 41:6 He noteth the obstinacy of the idolaters to maintain their superstitions.
  9. Isaiah 41:8 And therefore oughtest not to pollute thyself with the superstition of the Gentiles.
  10. Isaiah 41:10 That is, by the force of promise, in the performance whereof I will show myself faithful and just.
  11. Isaiah 41:12 Because they shall be destroyed.
  12. Isaiah 41:14 Thus he calleth them because they were contemned of all the world, and that they considering their own poor estate, should seek unto him for help.
  13. Isaiah 41:15 I will make thee able to destroy all thine enemies, be they never so mighty: and this chiefly is referred to the kingdom of Christ.
  14. Isaiah 41:17 That is, they that shall be afflicted in the captivity of Babylon.
  15. Isaiah 41:18 God will rather change the order of nature than they should want anything, that cry to him by true faith in their miseries: declaring to them hereby that they shall lack nothing by the way, when they return from Babylon.
  16. Isaiah 41:20 That is, hath appointed and determined that it shall come so to pass.
  17. Isaiah 41:21 He biddeth the idolaters to prove their religion, and to bring forth their idols, that they may be tried whether they know all things, and can do all things: which if they cannot do, he concludeth that they are no gods, but vile idols.
  18. Isaiah 41:24 So that a man cannot make an idol, but he must do that which God detesteth and abhoreth: for he chooseth his own devices and forsaketh the Lord’s.
  19. Isaiah 41:25 Meaning, the Chaldeans.
  20. Isaiah 41:25 That is, Cyrus, who shall do all things in my name and by my direction: whereby he meaneth that both their captivity and deliverance shall be ordered by God’s providence and appointment.
  21. Isaiah 41:25 Both of the Chaldeans and others.
  22. Isaiah 41:26 Meaning, that none of the Gentile gods can work any of these things.
  23. Isaiah 41:27 That is, the Israelites which return from the captivity.
  24. Isaiah 41:27 To wit, a continual succession of Prophets and ministers.
  25. Isaiah 41:28 When I looked whether the idols could do these things, I found that they had neither wisdom nor power to do anything: therefore he concludeth that all are wicked, that trust in such vanities.

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