God expostulateth with his people, about his mercies to the Church,
Isaiah 41:1 Be styll (ye Ilandes) and herken vnto me. Be stronge ye people, Come hyther, and shewe youre cause, we wyll go to þe lawe together. Isaiah 41:2 Who raysed vp þe iust man from the rysinge of the Sunne, & called him to go forth? Who cast downe the people, and subdued the kynges before him: that he maye throwe them all to the grounde with his swearde, and scatre them lyke stubble with his bowe? Isaiah 41:3 He foloweth vpon them, and goeth safely him self. And that in a waye where before his fote had not troden. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath made and created thes thinges? euen he that called the generacions from the begynnyng? Euen I the Lorde, which am þe fyrst, and with the last. Isaiah 41:5 The yles sawe it, & did feare, and the endes of the earth, were abashed, drewe nye, & cam hither. Isaiah 41:6 Euery man exhorted hys neyghboure, & brother, and bad him be stronge. Isaiah 41:7 The carpenter comforted the goldsmyth, & the goldsmyth þe hammer man, saying: Glue wyll do very wel in it. It shalbe good, þt we fasten this cast worke: & then they fastened it with nayles, that it shulde not be moued, Isaiah 41:8 But thou Israel art my seruaunte: thou Iacob art electe, thou art þe sede of Abraham my beloued Isaiah 41:9 thou art he whom I led from the endes of þe earth by the hande. For I called the from farre euen from among the gloriouse men of it, & sayd vnto the. Thou art my seruaunt. I haue chosen the, and not cast the awaye:
about his promises,
Isaiah 41:10 be not afrayed, for I am wt the. Melt not away as waxe, for I am thy God, to strength the, helpe þe, & to kepe the wt this ryght hande of myne. Isaiah 41:11 Beholde, all they that resyst the shall come to confusyon & shame: and thyne aduersaries shalbe destroyed & brought to naught. Isaiah 41:12 So þt whoso seketh after them, shall not fynde them. Thy destroyers shall perysh, and so shall they þt vndertake to make batayll agaynst the be as that is not, & as a thinge of naught. Isaiah 41:13 For I thy Lorde and God will strengthen thy ryght hand. Euen I that saye vnto the. Feare not. I wyll helpe þe Isaiah 41:14 Be not afrayde thou lytle worme Iacob, & thou despysed Israel: for I wyll helpe the, sayeth the Lorde, and the holy one of Israel thyne auenger. Isaiah 41:15 Beholde, I wyll make þe a treading cart and a new flayle, that thou mayst thresshe and grinde the mountaynes, and brynge the hylles to poulder. Isaiah 41:16 Thou shalt fanne them and the wynde shall carye them awaye, and the whirlwynde shall scater them. But thou shalt reioyse in the Lorde, and shalt delyte in praysinge the holy one of Israel. Isaiah 41:17 When the thyrsty and poore seke water & fynde none, and when theyr tonge is drye of thyrst. I geue it them sayth the Lorde. I þe God of Israel forsake them not. Isaiah 41:18 I brynge forth floudes in the hylles, and welles in þe playne feldes. I turne the wyldernes to ryuers, and the drye lande to condyttes of water. Isaiah 41:19 I plante in the waste grounde trees of Cedre, Boxe, Myrre and Oliues. And in the drye I set Fyrre trees, Elmes, & Hawthornes together. Isaiah 41:20 All this do I, that they altogether may se and marcke, perceaue with their hertes and consydre, that the hande of þe Lord maketh these thynges, and that the holy one of Israel bryngeth them to passe.
and about the vanity of idols.
Isaiah 41:21 Stande at youre cause (sayeth the Lorde) & bringe forth youre strongest grounde, sayth the kynge of Iacob. Isaiah 41:22 Let them bring forth their goddes, and let ther goddes tel vs what shall chaunse here after: yee, let them shewe vs the thynges þt are past, what they be: let them declare them vnto vs that we maye take them to herte, and knowe them herafter. Isaiah 41:23 Ether, shewe vs thynges for to come, & tel vs what shalbe done herafter: so shall we knowe, that you are goddes do somthing, ether good or bad: so will we both knowledge the same: and tell it out. Isaiah 41:24 Beholde, ye goddes are of naught, & your makynge is of naught, yee abhominable is þe man that hath chosen you. Isaiah 41:25 Neuertheles, I haue waked vp one from the North, and he shall come. And another from the East, which shall call vpon my name, & shall treade vpon princes as vpon claye, & as the potter treadeth downe the myre. Isaiah 41:26 Who declared this from the begynning, and we wyll knowe him. Or from the olde tymes, & we will confesse, and saye þt he is righteous. But there is none that sheweth or declareth eny thing, there is none also þt heareth youre wordes. Isaiah 41:27 The fyrst is he þt shall saye to Zyon, Beholde, beholde they are present, & to Ierusalem it selfe will I geue an Euangeliste. Isaiah 41:28 But when I consyder there is not a man amonge them, nor any þt can geue counsell, nor that when I examen them that can answer one word. Isaiah 41:29 Lo, wicked are they & vayne, wt the thinges also þt they take in hand: yee, their ymages are but wynde & vayne thinges.