let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
let us together draw near for judgment.
whom victory meets at every step?
He gives up nations before him,
so that he tramples kings under foot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
like driven stubble with his bow.
by paths his feet have not trod.
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord, the first,
and with the last; I am He.
the ends of the earth tremble;
they have drawn near and come.
and says to his brother, “Take courage!”
and he who smooths with the hammer him 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”;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
shall be put to shame and confounded;
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, “Fear not, I will help you.”
you men of Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
new, sharp, 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.
And 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.
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;
may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.
bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
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.
that we may know that you are gods;
do good, or do harm,
that we may be dismayed and terrified.
and your work is nought;
an abomination is he who chooses you.
and he has come,
he shall trampler on rulers as on mortar,
as the potter treads clay.
and beforetime, that we might say, “He is right”?
There was none who declared it, none who proclaimed,
none who heard your words.
27 I first have declared it to Zion,s
and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings.
among these there is no counselor
who, when I ask, gives an answer.
their works are nothing;
their molten images are empty wind.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
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