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Let the nations renew their strength!p
Let them come forwardq and speak;
let us meet togetherr at the place of judgment.
He hands nations over to him
and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dustw with his sword,
3 He pursues them and moves on unscathed,z
by a path his feet have not traveled before.
I, the Lord—with the first of them
5 The islandse have seen it and fear;
the ends of the earthf tremble.
They approach and come forward;
and say to their companions, “Be strong!g”
and the one who smooths with the hammer
spurs on the one who strikes the anvil.
One says of the welding, “It is good.”
The other nails down the idol so it will not topple.j
8 “But you, Israel, my servant,k
Jacob, whom I have chosen,l
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,o
from its farthest corners I calledp you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;q
I have chosenr you and have not rejected you.
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
11 “All who ragey against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;z
those who opposea you
will be as nothing and perish.b
you will not find them.c
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothingd at all.
who takes hold of your right hande
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will helpf you.
little Israel, do not fear,
for I myself will helpi you,” declares the Lord,
15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,l
new and sharp, with many teeth.
You will thresh the mountainsm and crush them,
and reduce the hills to chaff.n
16 You will winnowo them, the wind will pick them up,
But you will rejoicer in the Lord
17 “The poor and needy search for water,u
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.v
But I the Lord will answerw them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsakex them.
18 I will make rivers flowy on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
and the parched ground into springs.b
19 I will put in the desertc
the cedar and the acacia,d the myrtle and the olive.
I will set juniperse in the wasteland,
20 so that people may see and know,h
may consider and understand,i
that the handj of the Lord has done this,
21 “Present your case,m” says the Lord.
“Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.n
what is going to happen.o
Tell us what the former thingsp were,
so that we may consider them
and know their final outcome.
Or declare to us the things to come,q
so we may knowr that you are gods.
Do something, whether good or bad,s
so that we will be dismayedt and filled with fear.
24 But you are less than nothingu
and your works are utterly worthless;v
whoever chooses you is detestable.w
one from the rising sun who calls on my name.
He treadsz on rulers as if they were mortar,
as if he were a potter treading the clay.
26 Who told of this from the beginning,a so we could know,
or beforehand, so we could say, ‘He was right’?
No one told of this,
no one foretoldb it,
no one heard any wordsc from you.
27 I was the first to telld Zion, ‘Look, here they are!’
I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good news.e
28 I look but there is no onef—
no one among the gods to give counsel,g
no one to give answerh when I ask them.
Their deeds amount to nothing;i
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