God expostulateth with his people, about his mercies to the Church,
Isaiah 41:1 Keep silence before me, islands; and let the peoples renew [their] strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us draw near together to judgment. Isaiah 41:2 Who raised up from the east him whom righteousness calleth to its foot? He gave the nations before him, and caused him to have dominion over kings; he gave them as dust to his sword, as driven stubble to his bow. Isaiah 41:3 He pursued them, he passed on in safety, by a way he had never come with his feet. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done [it], calling the generations from the beginning? I, Jehovah, the first; and with the last, I [am] HE. Isaiah 41:5 The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth trembled: they drew near, and came. Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbour, and [each] said to his brother, Take courage. Isaiah 41:7 And the artizan encouraged the founder, he that smootheth [with] the hammer him that smiteth on the anvil, saying of the soldering, It is good; and he fasteneth it with nails, that it be not moved. Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, my friend Isaiah 41:9 thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from the extremities thereof, and to whom I said, Thou art my servant, I have chosen thee and not rejected thee,
about his promises,
Isaiah 41:10 Fear 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. Isaiah 41:11 Lo, all that are incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they that strive with thee shall be as nothing, and shall perish. Isaiah 41:12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find themthem that contend with thee; they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. Isaiah 41:13 For I, Jehovah, thy God, hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith Jehovah, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:15 Behold, I have made of thee a new sharp threshing instrument having double teeth: thou shalt thresh and beat small the mountains, and shalt make the hills as chaff; Isaiah 41:16 thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them; and thou shalt rejoice in Jehovah, thou shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:17 The afflicted and the needy seek water, and there is none; their tongue faileth for thirst: I, Jehovah, will answer them, [I], the God of Israel, will not forsake them. Isaiah 41:18 I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness into a pool of water, and the dry land into water-springs. Isaiah 41:19 I will give in the wilderness the cedar, acacia, myrtle, and oleaster; I will set in the desert the cypress, pine, and box-tree together; Isaiah 41:20 that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of Jehovah 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 Jehovah; bring forward your arguments, saith the King of Jacob. Isaiah 41:22 Let them bring them forward, and declare to us what shall happen: shew the former things, what they are, that we may give attention to them, and know the end of them;or let us hear things to come: Isaiah 41:23 declare the things that are to happen hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods; yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be astonished, and behold it together. Isaiah 41:24 Behold, ye are less than nothing, and your work is of nought; an abomination is he that chooseth you. ... Isaiah 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come,from the rising of the sun, he who will call upon my name; and he shall come upon princes as on mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay. Isaiah 41:26 Who hath declared [it] from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, [It is] right? Indeed, there is none that declareth; no, none that sheweth; no, none that heareth your words. Isaiah 41:27 The first, [I said] to Zion, Behold, behold them! and to Jerusalem, I will give one that bringeth glad tidings. Isaiah 41:28 And 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. Isaiah 41:29 Behold, they are all vanity, their works are nought, their molten images are wind and emptiness.