1Keep silencebefore me, O islands; and let the peoplerenew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come neartogetherto judgment. 2Who raised upthe righteous man from the east, calledhim to his foot, gavethe nationsbefore him, and made him ruleover kings? he gave them as the dustto his sword, and as drivenstubbleto his bow. 3He pursued them, and passedsafely; even by the way that he had not gonewith his feet. 4Who hath wroughtand done it, callingthe generationsfrom the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. 5The islessaw it, and feared; the endsof the earthwere afraid, drew near, and came. 6They helpedevery onehis neighbour; and every one saidto his brother, Be of good courage. 7So the carpenterencouragedthe goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammerhim that smotethe anvil, saying, It is readyfor the sodering: and he fastenedit with nails, that it should not be moved.
8But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacobwhom I have chosen, the seedof Abrahammy friend. 9 Thou whom I have takenfrom the endsof the earth, and calledthee from the chief menthereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosenthee, and not cast thee away.
10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthenthee; yea, I will helpthee; yea, I will upholdthee with the right handof my righteousness. 11Behold, all they that were incensedagainst thee shall be ashamedand confounded: they shall be as nothing; and theythat strivewith thee shall perish. 12Thou shalt seekthem, and shalt not find them, even themthat contendedwith thee: they that waragainst thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13For I the LORDthy Godwill holdthy right hand, saying unto thee, Fearnot; I will help thee.
14Fearnot, thou wormJacob, and ye menof Israel; I will helpthee, saiththe LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy Oneof Israel. 15Behold, I will makethee a newsharpthreshinginstrument havingteeth: thou shalt threshthe mountains, and beat them small, and shalt makethe hillsas chaff. 16Thou shalt fanthem, and the windshall carry them away, and the whirlwindshall scatterthem: and thou shalt rejoicein the LORD, and shalt gloryin the Holy Oneof Israel. 17 When the poorand needyseekwater, and there is none, and their tonguefaileth for thirst, I the LORDwill hearthem, I the Godof Israelwill not forsake them. 18I will openriversin high places, and fountainsin the midstof the valleys: I will makethe wildernessa poolof water, and the drylandspringsof water. 19I will plantin the wildernessthe cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oiltree; I will setin the desertthe fir tree, and the pine, and the box treetogether: 20That they may see, and know, and consider, and understandtogether, that the handof the LORDhath donethis, and the Holy Oneof Israelhath created it.
21Produceyour cause, saiththe LORD; bring forthyour strong reasons, saiththe Kingof Jacob. 22 Let them bring them forth, and shewus what shall happen: let them shewthe former things, what they be, that we may considerthem, and knowthe latter endof them; or declareus things for to come. 23Shewthe things that are to comehereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your workof nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you. 25I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the risingof the sunshall he callupon my name: and he shall comeupon princes as upon morter, and as the pottertreadethclay.
26Who hath declaredfrom the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that hearethyour words. 27The first shall say to Zion, Behold, beholdthem: and I will giveto Jerusalemone that bringeth good tidings. 28For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I askedof them, could answera word. 29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are windand confusion.