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 hether, and shewe youre cause, we wyll go to the lawe together. Isaiah 41:2 Who rayseth vp the iuste from the rysynge of the Sunne, and calleth him to go forth? Who casteth downe the people, and subdueth þe kynges before him: that he maye thorowe them all to the grounde wyth hys swearde, and scatre them lyke stuble with hys bowe? Isaiah 41:3 He foloweth vpon them, & goeth safely hym selfe, and cometh in no fote path with his fete. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath made, created, and called the generacions from the begynnyng? Euen I the Lorde, whiche am the fyrst, and with the last. Isaiah 41:5 Beholde ye Iles? that ye maye feare, and ye endes of the earth, that ye maye be abasshed, draw nye, and come hether. Isaiah 41:6 Euery man hath exorted hys neyghboure, and brother, and bydden him be stronge. Isaiah 41:7 The Smyth conforted the moulder, and the Ironsmyth the hammerman, sayenge: It shalbe good, that we fasten this cast worcke: and then they fastened it with nayles, that it shulde not be moued. Isaiah 41:8 And thou Israell my seruaunte: Iacob my electe sede of Abraham my beloued, Isaiah 41:9 whom I led from the endes of þe earth by the hande: For I called the from farre, and sayde vnto the: Thou shalt be my seruaunt: I haue chosen the, and will not cast the awaye:
about his promises,
Isaiah 41:10 be not afrayd, for I will be with the. Loke not behynde the, for I will be thy God, to strength the, helpe the, and to kepe the with this right hand of myne. Isaiah 41:11 Behold, all they that resyst þe, shall come to confusyon and shame: & thine aduersaries shalbe destroyed and brought to naught. Isaiah 41:12 So that who so seketh after them, shall not fynde them. Thy destroyers shall perysh and so shall they that vndertake to make batell agaynst the: Isaiah 41:13 For I thy Lorde and God, will strengthen thy ryght hande. Euen I þt saye vnto the: Feare not. I will helpe the. Isaiah 41:14 Be not a frayde thou lytle worme Iacob, & thou despysed Israell for I will helpe the, sayeth the Lorde, and the holy one of Israel thyne auenger. Isaiah 41:15 Beholde, I will make þe a treadyng cart & a new flayle, that thou mayest thresshe and grynd the mountaynes, and brynge the hylles to poulder. Isaiah 41:16 Thou shalt fanne them, & the wynde shall carye them awaye, and the whyrlwynde 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 thyrstye & poore seke water and fynde none, and when their tonge is drye of thyrst: I geue it them sayth the Lorde. I the God of Israel forsake them not. Isaiah 41:18 I bringe forth floudes in the hylle, and welles in the playne feldes. I turne the wildernes to riuers, & the drye lande to condythes of water. Isaiah 41:19 I plante in the waste grounde trees of Cedre, Boxe, Myrre & Olyues. And in the drye I set Fyre trees, Elmes, and Hawthornes together. Isaiah 41:20 All thys do I, that they altogether may se & marcke, perceyue with their hertes & consydre, that the hande of the Lorde maketh these thinges, and that the holye one of Israel bringeth them to passe.
and about the vanity of idols.
Isaiah 41:21 Stande at your cause (sayeth the Lorde) & brynge forth your stroungest grounde, counceleth the Kynge of Iacob. Isaiah 41:22 Let the goddes come forth them selues, & shewe vs the thynges that 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, let them shewe vs thynges for to come, and tell vs what shalbe done her after: so shal we knowe, that they be goddes. Shewe somthing, ether good or bad: so wyll we both knowledge the same, and tell it out. Isaiah 41:24 Beholde, ye goddes are of naugth, & your makynge is of naught but abhomynacyon 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 come to the Princes, as the Potter to his claye, and as the Potter treadeth downe the myre. Isaiah 41:26 Who tolde that afore? So wyll we confesse and saye, that he is rightuous: But there is none that sheweth or declareth any thynge, there is none also that heareth youre wordes. Isaiah 41:27 Beholde, I wyll fyrst graunte them of Sion and Ierusalem to be Euangelistes. Isaiah 41:28 But when I consydre: there is not one amonge them that prophecyeth, nether (when I aske hym) that auswereth one worde. Isaiah 41:29 Lo, wicked are they and vayne, with the thynges also that they take in hande: yee wynde are they, and emptynesse, with theyr ymages together.