God expostulateth with his people, about his mercies to the Church,
Isaiah 41:1 Be silent [and hearken] unto me, O ye Coastlands, And let the Races of Men renew their strength,Let them approach, then, let them speak, Together, for controversy, let us draw near: Isaiah 41:2 Who, roused up one from the East, In righteousness, called him to his feet,Set before him, nations, And, over kings, caused him to rule, His sword, made [them] like dust, His bow, like driven chaff: Isaiah 41:3 He pursued them, passed along safely,Upon the path of his own feet, entered he not? Isaiah 41:4 Who, hath wrought and performed, Calling the generations, in advance? I, Yahweh, [who am] First, And, with them who are last, I, am the Same! Isaiah 41:5 Coastlands, have seen, so they fear, The ends of the earth, are in dread,They have drawn near, and have come: Isaiah 41:6 Every man, to his neighbour, giveth help,And, to his brother, saith, Take courage! Isaiah 41:7 So, the carver, hath encouraged, the goldsmith, He that maketh smooth with the hammer, him that smiteth the anvil,Saying of the welding, It is, good, Then hath he fastened it with nailsit must not totter! Isaiah 41:8 But, thou, Israel, my Servant, Jacob whom I have chosen,The seed of Abraham, my loving one; Isaiah 41:9 Thou whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, And, from the extremities thereof, have called thee,And said to thee, My Servant, thou! I have chosen thee, and not cast thee off.
about his promises,
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for, with thee, I am! Look not around, for, I, am thy God,I have emboldened thee, Yea I have helped thee, Yea I have upheld thee, with my righteous, right-hand. Isaiah 41:11 Lo! they shall turn pale and be ashamedAll they who have been incensed against thee,They shall become as nothing and perishThe men who have been thine accusers: Isaiah 41:12 Thou shalt seek them, but shalt not find themThe men who have contended with thee, They shall become as nothing, and as a thing of noughtThe men who have warred against thee; Isaiah 41:13 For I, Yahweh, thy God, am firmly grasping thy right-hand,Who am saying unto thee, Do not fear! I, have become thy helper! Isaiah 41:14 Do not fear, Thou worm Jacob, Ye men of Israel,I, have become thy helper, Declareth Yahweh, And thy redeemer, The Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:15 Lo! I have made of thee a new pointed threshing sledge, owning teeth,Thou shalt thresh mountains, and crush them, And, hillslike chaff, shalt thou make: Isaiah 41:16 Thou shalt fan them, and, a wind, shall carry them away, And, a whirlwind, scatter, them,But, thou, shalt exult in Yahweh, And, in the Holy One of Israel, shalt thou boast thyself. Isaiah 41:17 As for the oppressed and the needy, Seeking water, when there is, none, Their tongue, with thirst, being parched, IYahweh, will answer them, The God of Israel, I will not forsake them: Isaiah 41:18 I will open, On bare hills, rivers, and, In the midst of plains, fountains,I will make, The desert, a lake of water, and, Parched land, springs of water; Isaiah 41:19 I will set, in the desert! Cedar, acacia, and myrtle, and oil-tree,I will place, in the waste plain, Cypress, holm-oak, and sherbin-cedar, together, Isaiah 41:20 That men may see and observe, and consider and understand, at once, That, the hand of Yahweh, hath done this, That, the Holy One of Israel, hath created it.
and about the vanity of idols.
Isaiah 41:21 Bring near your contention, Saith Yahweh,Advance your defences, Saith the King of Jacob: Isaiah 41:22 Let them advance them, and tell us, What shall happen,Things known in advancewhat they were, tell ye, That we may lay them to our heart, and mark the after-story of them, Or, things yet to come, let us hear: Isaiah 41:23 Tell ye the events which shall be hereafter, That we may perceive that, gods, ye are,Surely ye must do somethinggood or bad, That we may be amazed, and behold it, at once. Isaiah 41:24 Lo! ye, are, of nought, And, your work, is, a puff of breath,An abomination, he that chooseth you! Isaiah 41:25 I have roused up one from the North, and he hath come, From the rising of the sun, calleth he on my Name,And he hath come, on deputies, as though they were mortar, And, as a potter, treadeth clay. Isaiah 41:26 Who, hath told in advance, that we might know, And beforetime, that we might say, Right! Nay, there is none, who can tell, Nay, there is none, who can let us hear, Nay, there is none, who can understand what ye utter. Isaiah 41:27 He who is First, [can say], To Zion, Lo! there they are! And to Jerusalem, A herald of good-tidings, do I give. Isaiah 41:28 So I look, And there is not, a Man! Even among these, And there is none, to advise,That, when I ask them, can answer a word. Isaiah 41:29 Lo! as to all of them, Vanitynothingness, are their works, Wind and emptiness, their molten images!