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Isaiah 41:21–23

The Futility of Idols

21  Set forth your case, says the Lord;

bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.

22  Let them bring them, and ttell us

what is to happen.

Tell us the former things, what they are,

that we may consider them,

that we may know their outcome;

or declare to us the things to come.

23  tTell us what is to come hereafter,

that we may know that you are gods;

udo good, or do harm,

that we may be dismayed and terrified.2

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Isaiah 41:21–23 — The New International Version (NIV)

21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.

“Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.

22 “Tell us, you idols,

what is going to happen.

Tell us what the former things were,

so that we may consider them

and know their final outcome.

Or declare to us the things to come,

23 tell us what the future holds,

so we may know that you are gods.

Do something, whether good or bad,

so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

21 Produce your cause, saith the Lord;

Bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen:

Let them shew the former things, what they be,

That we may consider them, and know the latter end of them;

Or declare us things for to come.

23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter,

That we may know that ye are gods:

Yea, do good, or do evil,

That we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — New Living Translation (NLT)

21 “Present the case for your idols,”

says the Lord.

“Let them show what they can do,”

says the King of Israel.

22 “Let them try to tell us what happened long ago

so that we may consider the evidence.

Or let them tell us what the future holds,

so we can know what’s going to happen.

23 Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead.

Then we will know you are gods.

In fact, do anything—good or bad!

Do something that will amaze and frighten us.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.

“Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.

22 “Let them bring forth and show us what will happen;

Let them show the former things, what they were,

That we may consider them,

And know the latter end of them;

Or declare to us things to come.

23 Show the things that are to come hereafter,

That we may know that you are gods;

Yes, do good or do evil,

That we may be dismayed and see it together.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — New Century Version (NCV)

21 The Lord says, “Present your case.”

The King of Jacob says, “Tell me your arguments.

22 Bring in your idols to tell us

what is going to happen.

Have them tell us what happened in the beginning.

Then we will think about these things,

and we will know how they will turn out.

Or tell us what will happen in the future.

23 Tell us what is coming next

so we will believe that you are gods.

Do something, whether it is good or bad,

and make us afraid.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

21 Produce your cause, saith Jehovah; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. 22 Let them bring forth, and declare unto us what shall happen: declare ye the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or show us things to come. 23 Declare the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

21 Produce your cause, saith Jehovah; bring forward your arguments, saith the King of Jacob. 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: 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 41:21–23 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.

“Bring forward your best arguments,” says Jacob’s king.

22 “Bring your idols so they can tell us what’s going to happen.

Explain past events that your idols told you about

so that we may consider them

and know what their outcome will be.

Tell us about future events.

23 Tell us what’s going to happen

so that we may know that you are gods.

Yes, do something, good or evil,

to intimidate us and make us afraid.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

21 “Submit your case,” says the Lord.

“Present your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.

22 “Let them come and tell us

what will happen.

Tell us the past events,

so that we may reflect on them

and know the outcome,

or tell us the future.

23 Tell us the coming events,

then we will know that you are gods.

Indeed, do something good or bad,

then we will be in awe and perceive.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

21 Set forth your case, says the Lord;

bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.

22 Let them bring them, and tell us

what is to happen.

Tell us the former things, what they are,

so that we may consider them,

and that we may know their outcome;

or declare to us the things to come.

23 Tell us what is to come hereafter,

that we may know that you are gods;

do good, or do harm,

that we may be afraid and terrified.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

21 “Present your legal case,” says Yahweh.

“Bring your evidence,” says the king of Jacob.

22 Let them bring them,

and let them tell us what will happen.

Tell us what the former things are

so that we may take them to our heart

and know their outcome.

Declare to us the things to come;

23 tell us the things coming hereafter,

that we may know that you are gods.

Indeed, do good or do evil,

that we may be afraid and see together.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

21 The Lord says to the nations and their gods,

“State your case.”

Jacob’s King says to them,

“Prove your case to me.

22 Show me your facts. Tell me and my people

what is going to happen.

Tell us what happened in the past.

Then we can check it out

and see if it is really true.

Or announce to us the things that will take place.

23 Tell us what will happen in the days ahead.

Then we will know that you are gods.

Do something. It does not matter whether it is good or bad.

Then we will be terrified and filled with fear.

Isaiah 41:21–23 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

21 Present your case,” the Lord says.

Bring forward your strong arguments,

The King of Jacob says.

22 Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place;

As for the former events, declare what they were,

That we may consider them and know their outcome.

Or announce to us what is coming;

23 Declare the things that are going to come afterward,

That we may know that you are gods;

Indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together.