1 “Listen in silence before me, you lands beyond the sea.
Bring your strongest arguments.
Come now and speak.
The court is ready for your case.
rightly calling him to God’s service?
Who gives this man victory over many nations
and permits him to trample their kings underfoot?
With his sword, he reduces armies to dust.
With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind.
though he is walking over unfamiliar ground.
summoning each new generation from the beginning of time?
It is I, the Lord, the First and the Last.
I alone am he.”
Remote lands tremble and mobilize for war.
saying to each other, “Be strong!”
and the molder helps at the anvil.
“Good,” they say. “It’s coming along fine.”
Carefully they join the parts together,
then fasten the thing in place so it won’t fall over.
Jacob my chosen one,
descended from Abraham my friend,
saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
and will not throw you away.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
confused and humiliated.
Anyone who opposes you will die
and come to nothing.
for those who tried to conquer you.
Those who attack you
will come to nothing.
I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.
don’t be afraid, people of Israel, for I will help you.
I am the Lord, your Redeemer.
I am the Holy One of Israel.’
with many sharp teeth.
You will tear your enemies apart,
making chaff of mountains.
and the wind will blow them all away;
a whirlwind will scatter them.
Then you will rejoice in the Lord.
You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
and their tongues are parched from thirst,
then I, the Lord, will answer them.
I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.
I will give them fountains of water in the valleys.
I will fill the desert with pools of water.
Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground.
cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine.
will understand what it means—
that it is the Lord who has done this,
the Holy One of Israel who created it.
says the Lord.
“Let them show what they can do,”
says the King of Israel.*
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.
Then we will know you are gods.
In fact, do anything—good or bad!
Do something that will amaze and frighten us.
Those who choose you pollute themselves.
From the east he will call on my name.
I will give him victory over kings and princes.
He will trample them as a potter treads on clay.
that this would happen?
Who predicted this,
making you admit that he was right?
No one said a word!
‘Look! Help is on the way!’*
I will send Jerusalem a messenger with good news.
Not one gave any answer when I asked.
All your idols are as empty as the wind.