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Passage Lookup: Isaiah 41

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Isaiah 41:1
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"Be silent(a) before me, you islands!(b) Let the nations renew their strength!(c) Let them come forward(d) and speak; let us meet together(e) at the place of judgment.
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Isaiah 41:2
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"Who has stirred(f) up one from the east,(g) calling him in righteousness(h) to his service[a]?(i) He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust(j) with his sword, to windblown chaff(k) with his bow.(l)
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Isaiah 41:3
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He pursues them and moves on unscathed,(m) by a path his feet have not traveled before.
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Isaiah 41:4
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Who has done this and carried it through, calling(n) forth the generations from the beginning?(o) I, the Lord —with the first of them and with the last(p)—I am he.(q)"
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Isaiah 41:5
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The islands(r) have seen it and fear; the ends of the earth(s) tremble. They approach and come forward;
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Isaiah 41:6
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they help each other and say to their companions, "Be strong!(t)"
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Isaiah 41:7
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The metalworker(u) encourages the goldsmith,(v) 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.(w)
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Isaiah 41:8
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"But you, Israel, my servant,(x) Jacob, whom I have chosen,(y) you descendants of Abraham(z) my friend,(aa)
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Isaiah 41:9
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I took you from the ends of the earth,(ab) from its farthest corners I called(ac) you. I said, ‘You are my servant';(ad) I have chosen(ae) you and have not rejected you.
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Isaiah 41:10
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So do not fear,(af) for I am with you;(ag) do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen(ah) you and help(ai) you; I will uphold you(aj) with my righteous right hand.(ak)
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Isaiah 41:11
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"All who rage(al) against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;(am) those who oppose(an) you will be as nothing and perish.(ao)
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Isaiah 41:12
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Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.(ap) Those who wage war against you will be as nothing(aq) at all.
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Isaiah 41:13
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For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand(ar) and says to you, Do not fear; I will help(as) you.
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Isaiah 41:14
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Do not be afraid,(at) you worm(au) Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help(av) you," declares the Lord , your Redeemer,(aw) the Holy One(ax) of Israel.
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Isaiah 41:15
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"See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,(ay) new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains(az) and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.(ba)
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Isaiah 41:16
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You will winnow(bb) them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale(bc) will blow them away.(bd) But you will rejoice(be) in the Lord and glory(bf) in the Holy One(bg) of Israel.
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Isaiah 41:17
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"The poor and needy search for water,(bh) but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.(bi) But I the Lord will answer(bj) them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake(bk) them.
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Isaiah 41:18
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I will make rivers flow(bl) on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert(bm) into pools of water,(bn) and the parched ground into springs.(bo)
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Isaiah 41:19
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I will put in the desert(bp) the cedar and the acacia,(bq) the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers(br) in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress(bs) together,(bt)
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Isaiah 41:20
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so that people may see and know,(bu) may consider and understand,(bv) that the hand(bw) of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One(bx) of Israel has created(by) it.
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Isaiah 41:21
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"Present your case,(bz)" says the Lord . "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.(ca)
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Isaiah 41:22
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"Tell us, you idols, what is going to happen.(cb) Tell us what the former things(cc) were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,(cd)
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Isaiah 41:23
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tell us what the future holds, so we may know(ce) that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad,(cf) so that we will be dismayed(cg) and filled with fear.
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Isaiah 41:24
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But you are less than nothing(ch) and your works are utterly worthless;(ci) whoever chooses you is detestable.(cj)
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Isaiah 41:25
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"I have stirred(ck) up one from the north,(cl) and he comes— one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads(cm) on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay.
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Isaiah 41:26
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Who told of this from the beginning,(cn) so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, ‘He was right'? No one told of this, no one foretold(co) it, no one heard any words(cp) from you.
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Isaiah 41:27
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I was the first to tell(cq) Zion, ‘Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good news.(cr)
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Isaiah 41:28
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I look but there is no one(cs)— no one among the gods to give counsel,(ct) no one to give answer(cu) when I ask them.
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Isaiah 41:29
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See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing;(cv) their images(cw) are but wind(cx) and confusion.
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