Amplified Bible

Isaiah 41

Israel Encouraged

1“Listen to Me in silence, you islands and coastlands,
And let the nations gain their strength;
Let them come near, then let them speak;
Let us come together for judgment [and decide the issue between us concerning the enemy from the east].

“Who has stirred up and put into action one from the east [the king of Persia, Cyrus the Great]
Whom He calls in righteousness to His service and whom victory meets at every step?
The Lord turns nations over to him
And subdues kings.
He makes them like dust with his sword,
Like wind-driven chaff with his bow.

“He (Cyrus) pursues them and passes along safely,
By a way his feet had not traveled before.

“Who has performed and done this,
Calling forth [and guiding the destinies of] the generations [of the nations] from the beginning?
‘I, the Lord—the first, and with the last [existing before history began, the ever-present, unchanging God]—I am He.’”


The islands and coastlands have seen and they fear;
The ends of the earth tremble;
They have drawn near and have come.

They each help his neighbor
And say to his brother [as he fashions his idols], “Be of good courage!”

So the craftsman encourages the goldsmith,
And he who smooths metal with the smith’s hammer encourages him who beats the anvil,
Saying of the soldering (welding), “That is good”;
And he fastens the idol with nails,
So that it will not totter nor be moved.

“But you, Israel, My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The offspring of Abraham My friend,

You whom I [the Lord] have [a]taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not rejected you [even though you are exiled].
10 
‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’
11 
“Indeed, all those who are angry with you will be put to shame and humiliated;
Those who strive against you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 
“You shall search for those who quarrel with you, but will not find them;
They who war against you will be as nothing, as nothing at all.
13 
“For I the Lord your God keep hold of your right hand; [I am the Lord],
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
14 
“Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel;
I will help you,” declares the Lord, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 
“In fact, I have made of you a new, sharp [b]threshing implement with sharp edges;
You will thresh the mountains and crush them,
And make the hills like chaff.
16 
“You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away,
And a high wind will scatter them;
But you will rejoice in the Lord,
You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17 
“The poor and needy are seeking water, but there is none;
Their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the Lord, will answer them Myself;
I, the God of Israel, will not neglect them.
18 
“I will open rivers on the barren heights
And springs in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a reed-pool of water
And the dry land springs of water.
19 
“I will put the cedar in the wilderness,
The acacia, the myrtle and the olive tree;
I will place the juniper in the desert
Together with the box tree and the cypress,
20 
So that they may see and know,
And consider and understand together,
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
That the Holy One of Israel has created it.

21 
“Present your case [for idols made by men’s hands],” says the Lord.
“Produce your evidence [of divinity],”
Says the king of Jacob.
22 
Let them bring forward [their evidence] and tell us what is going to happen.
Regarding the former events, tell what they were,
That we may consider them and know their outcome;
Or announce to us the things that are going to come.
23 
Tell us the things that are to come afterward,
That we may know that you are gods;
Indeed, you should do something good or do evil, [c]that we may be afraid and fear [you] together [as we observe the miracle].
24 
Hear this! You [idols] are less than nothing,
And your work is worthless;
The worshiper who chooses you [as a god] is repulsive.

25 
“I have stirred up and put into action [d]one from the north [the king of Persia, Cyrus the Great], and he has come;
From the rising of the sun he will call on My Name [in prayer].
And he will trample on [the Babylonian] officials as on mortar,
Even as a potter treads clay.”
26 
Who [among the idols] has declared this from the beginning, so that we could know?
Or from earlier times, so that we could say, “He is [unquestionably] right!”?
In fact, there was no one who declared it,
Indeed, there was no one who proclaimed it;
There was no one at all who heard you speak [for you pagan gods are speechless].
27 
“I was first to say to Zion, ‘Listen carefully, here they are [the Jews who will be restored to their own land].’
And to Jerusalem, ‘I will provide a messenger (Isaiah) to bring the good news [[e]that Cyrus will be stirred up and put into action to save them].’
28 
“But when I look [on the pagan prophets and priests], there is no one [who could predict these events],
And there is no counselor [f]among them,
Who, if I ask, can give an answer.
29 
“In fact, all of these [pagan prophets and priests] are false;
Their works are worthless,
Their cast images are [merely] wind and emptiness.

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 41:9 Lit seized.
  2. Isaiah 41:15 A heavy flat wooden sledge composed of several thick boards with sharp pieces of flint or metal embedded on one side. It was dragged over harvested stalks of grain to separate the kernels from the straw.
  3. Isaiah 41:23 Lit and let us be.
  4. Isaiah 41:25 Cyrus originally came from the east (Is 41:2), but defeated a number of kingdoms north of Babylon early in his reign.
  5. Isaiah 41:27 This prophecy was declared about a hundred and fifty years before it occurred.
  6. Isaiah 41:28 Lit out of those.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 41

上帝是以色列的幫助

1上帝說:「眾海島啊,
要在我面前安靜!
讓眾民重新拿出勇力,
讓他們前來說話,
讓我們一起來理論。

「誰使一人從東方興起?
誰憑公義把他召到跟前?
誰把列國交給他,
使他征服列國的君王,
用刀將他們化為塵土,
用弓將他們淪為風吹的碎稭?
他追趕他們,
安然走過從未踏足之路。
誰成就了這事?
誰在太初就掌管歷史的方向?
是我耶和華,
我太初就在那裡,
末了也在那裡。

「眾海島看見我的作為就害怕,
地極也顫抖,
他們都上前來,
彼此幫助,
互相勉勵說,『要剛強!』
工匠鼓勵銀匠,
打磨的勉勵打砧的,
說,『打得好!』
他們用釘子把偶像釘牢,免得搖晃。

「然而,以色列啊,你是我的僕人;
雅各啊,你是我揀選的,
是我朋友亞伯拉罕的後裔。
我把你從地極帶來,
從遙遠的角落召來。
我對你說,『你是我的僕人,
我揀選了你,沒有丟棄你。
10 我是你的上帝,我必與你同在,
你不用驚慌也不用害怕。
我必賜你力量,幫助你,
用我公義的右手扶持你。』

11 「看啊,向你發怒的人必抱愧蒙羞;
與你為敵的人都要滅亡,
歸於無有。
12 你尋找與你相爭的人,
卻找不到;
與你爭戰的人必歸於無有。
13 因為我是你的上帝耶和華,
我必拉著你的右手對你說,
『不要怕,我必幫助你。』

14 「如蛆如蟲的雅各啊,以色列人啊,不要怕!
我耶和華必幫助你。
以色列的聖者是你的救贖主。
15 看啊,我要使你成為一具簇新、
帶許多利齒的打穀器。
你要打爛高山,
使丘陵碎如糠秕。
16 你要簸它們,讓風吹散它們,
讓狂風捲走它們。
但你要以耶和華為喜樂,
以以色列的聖者為榮耀。

17 「貧窮困苦的人找不到水喝,
他們口乾舌燥。
但我耶和華必應允他們的呼求,
我——以色列的上帝不會撇棄他們。
18 我要使光禿的山嶺上江河奔流,
山谷中泉水湧流;
我要使沙漠變成水塘,
使乾地冒出泉水。
19 我要在曠野栽香柏樹、
皂莢樹、番石榴樹和橄欖樹。
我要在沙漠種松樹、杉樹和黃楊樹。
20 人一看就知道,
一想就明白,
這是耶和華親手成就的,
是以色列的聖者創造的。」

21 耶和華對偶像說:
「陳明你們的理由。」
雅各的王說:
「拿出你們的證據吧。」
22 告訴我們將要發生的事,
給我們說說以前發生的事,
我們好思想,以便明白事情的結局。
向我們宣告將來的事,
23 告訴我們以後會發生什麼,
好叫我們知道你們是神明。
不論降福降禍,顯顯身手吧,
好叫我們一同驚懼!
24 看啊,你們實在算不得什麼,
你們所做的毫無意義,
拜你們的人真是可憎!

25 「我使一人從北方興起,
他來了,
他在東方求告我的名。
他必把掌權者像灰泥一樣踏在腳下,
像窯匠踩泥一樣踐踏。
26 誰從太初就宣告這事,讓我們知道呢?
誰預先講明這事,讓我們說他能未卜先知呢?
誰也沒有說過,
誰也沒有預言過,
誰也沒有聽見你們說過什麼。
27 是我首先把這件事告訴錫安,
我要給耶路撒冷一個報好消息的使者。
28 我看了看,沒有出謀劃策的。
我問話,沒有一個回答。
29 看啊,它們全是假的,
毫無作為,虛空如風。