"Keep a silence before Me, O coastlands,
And let the people renew their strength!
Let them come near, then let them speak;
Let us b come near together for judgment.
"Who raised up one c from the east?
Who in righteousness called him to His feet?
Who d gave the nations before him,
And made him rule over kings?
Who gave them as the dust to his sword,
As driven stubble to his bow? 3 Who pursued them, and passed 1 safely
By the way that he had not gone with his feet? 4 e Who has performed and done it,
Calling the generations from the beginning?
'I, the LORD, am f the first;
And with the last I am g He.' "
The coastlands saw it and feared,
The ends of the earth were afraid;
They drew near and came. 6 h Everyone helped his neighbor,
And said to his brother,
2 "Be of good courage!" 7 i So the craftsman encouraged the j goldsmith; 3
He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil,
Saying, 4 "It is ready for the soldering";
Then he fastened it with pegs,
k That it might not totter.
"But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have l chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My m friend. 9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
'You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away: 10 n Fear not, o for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
"Behold, all those who were incensed against you
Shall be p ashamed and disgraced;
They shall be as nothing,
And those who strive with you shall perish. 12 You shall seek them and not find them -
5 Those who contended with you.
Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing,
As a nonexistent thing. 13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'
"Fear not, you q worm Jacob,
You men of Israel!
I will help you," says the LORD
And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 15 "Behold, r I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth;
You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small,
And make the hills like chaff. 16 You shall s winnow them, the wind shall carry them away,
And the whirlwind shall scatter them;
You shall rejoice in the LORD,
And t glory in the Holy One of Israel.
"The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
Their tongues fail for thirst.
I, the LORD, will hear them;
I, the God of Israel, will not u forsake them. 18 I will open v rivers in desolate heights,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the w wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land springs of water. 19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree,
The myrtle and the oil tree;
I will set in the x desert the cypress tree and the pine
And the box tree together, 20 y That they may see and know,
And consider and understand together,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.