God expostulateth with his people, about his mercies to the Church,
Isaiah 41:1 Keepe silence before me, O ylands, and let the people renew [their] strength: let them come neere, then let them speake: let vs come neere together to iudgement. Isaiah 41:2 Who raised vp the righteous man from the East, called him to his foote, gaue the nations before him, and made him rule ouer kings? Hee gaue [them] as the dust to his sword, [and] as driuen stuble to his bow. Isaiah 41:3 He pursued them, [and] passed safely; [euen] by the way, [that] hee had not gone with his feete. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done [it], calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD the first, and with the last, I [am] he. Isaiah 41:5 The yles saw it and feared, the ends of the earth were afraid, drew neere, and came. Isaiah 41:6 They helped euery one his neighbour, and [euery one] sayd to his brother, Be of good courage. Isaiah 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, [and] he that smootheth [with] the hammer him that smote the anuill, saying; It [is] ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nayles [that] it should not be moued. Isaiah 41:8 But thou Israel, [art] my seruant, Iacob whom I haue chosen, the seede of Abraham my friend. Isaiah 41:9 [Thou] whom I haue taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chiefe men thereof, and sayd vnto thee; Thou art my seruant, I haue chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
about his promises,
Isaiah 41:10 Feare thou not, for I [am] with thee: be not dismaied, for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea I will helpe thee, yea I will vphold thee with the right hand of my righteousnesse. Isaiah 41:11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee, shalbe ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing, and they that striue with thee, shall perish. Isaiah 41:12 Thou shalt seeke them, and shalt not find them, [euen] them that contended with thee: they that warre against thee shalbe as nothing, and as a thing of nought. Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying vnto thee, Feare not, I will helpe thee. Isaiah 41:14 Feare not, thou worme Iacob, [and] ye men of Israel: I will helpe thee, saith the LORD, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharpe threshing instrument hauing teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountaines, and beate [them] small, and shalt make the hilles as chaffe. Isaiah 41:16 Thou shalt fanne them, and the winde shall carie them away, and the whirlewinde shall scatter them: and thou shalt reioyce in the LORD, [and] shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:17 [When] the poore and needie seeke water and [there is] none, [and] their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will heare them, [I] the God of Israel will not forsake them. Isaiah 41:18 I will open riuers in hie places, and fountaines in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wildernesse a poole of water, and the dry land springs of water. Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wildernes the Cedar, the Shittah tree, and the Myrtle, and the Oyle tree: I will set in the desert the Firre tree, [and] the Pine and the Boxe tree together: Isaiah 41:20 That they may see, and knowe, and consider, and vnderstand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
and about the vanity of idols.
Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD, bring foorth your strong [reasons], saith the King of Iacob. Isaiah 41:22 Let them bring [them] foorth, and shew vs what shall happen: let them shew the former things what they bee, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them, or declare vs things for to come. Isaiah 41:23 Shewe the things that are to come hereafter, that wee may knowe that ye are gods: yea doe good or doe euill, that we may be dismayed, and behold [it] together. Isaiah 41:24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your worke of nought: an abomination [is he that] chooseth you. Isaiah 41:25 I haue raised vp [one] from the North, and he shall come: from the rising of the Sunne shall he call vpon my name, and he shall come [vpon] princes as vpon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay. Isaiah 41:26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and before time, 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 your words. Isaiah 41:27 The first [shall say] to Zion, Behold, behold them, and I will giue to Ierusalem one that bringeth good tidings. Isaiah 41:28 For I behelde, and [there was] no man, euen amongst them, and [there was] no counseller, that when I asked of them, could answere a word. Isaiah 41:29 Behold, they [are] all vanitie, their works [are] nothing: their moulten images [are] winde and confusion.