silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come
near together to judgment.
2Who raised up
the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave
them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.
3He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
4Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the
LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
6They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
7So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer
him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
8But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom
I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my
servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with
thee shall perish.
12Thou 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
13For I the LORD thy God will hold
thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou
shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.
16Thou 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.
17When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the
LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and
the dry land springs of water.
19I will plant
in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and
the pine, and the box tree together:
they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One
of Israel hath created it.
cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
22Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they
be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
23Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods:
yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
24Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
25I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the
sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
26Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that
we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth
27The first shall say to Zion,
Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.
28For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked
of them, could answer a word.
are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.