41 Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
let us together draw near for judgment.
summoned him to his service?
He delivers up nations to him,
and tramples kings under foot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
like driven stubble with his bow.
scarcely touching the path with his feet.
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord, am first,
and will be with the last.
the ends of the earth tremble;
they have drawn near and come.
saying to one another, “Take courage!”
and the one who smooths with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, “It is good”;
and they fasten it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, “You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
shall be ashamed and disgraced;
those who strive against you
shall be as nothing and shall perish.
but you shall not find them;
those who war against you
shall be as nothing at all.
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Do not fear,
I will help you.”
you insecta Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
sharp, new, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
and you shall make the hills like chaff.
and the tempest shall scatter them.
Then you shall rejoice in the Lord;
in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them,
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers on the bare heights,b
and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,
all may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.
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