New International Version

Isaiah 41

The Helper of Israel

1“Be silent before me, you islands!
    Let the nations renew their strength!
Let them come forward and speak;
    let us meet together at the place of judgment.

“Who has stirred up one from the east,
    calling him in righteousness to his service[a]?
He hands nations over to him
    and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dust with his sword,
    to windblown chaff with his bow.
He pursues them and moves on unscathed,
    by a path his feet have not traveled before.
Who has done this and carried it through,
    calling forth the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord—with the first of them
    and with the last—I am he.”

The islands have seen it and fear;
    the ends of the earth tremble.
They approach and come forward;
    they help each other
    and say to their companions, “Be strong!”
The metalworker encourages the goldsmith,
    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.

“But you, Israel, my servant,
    Jacob, whom I have chosen,
    you descendants of Abraham my friend,
I took you from the ends of the earth,
    from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11 “All who rage against you
    will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
    will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.
14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,
    little Israel, do not fear,
for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,
    new and sharp, with many teeth.
You will thresh the mountains and crush them,
    and reduce the hills to chaff.
16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,
    and a gale will blow them away.
But you will rejoice in the Lord
    and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17 “The poor and needy search for water,
    but there is none;
    their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
    I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
    and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
    and the parched ground into springs.
19 I will put in the desert
    the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
    the fir and the cypress together,
20 so that people may see and know,
    may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
    that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.
    “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
22 “Tell us, you idols,
    what is going to happen.
Tell us what the former things were,
    so that we may consider them
    and know their final outcome.
Or declare to us the things to come,
23     tell us what the future holds,
    so we may know that you are gods.
Do something, whether good or bad,
    so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
24 But you are less than nothing
    and your works are utterly worthless;
    whoever chooses you is detestable.

25 “I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes—
    one from the rising sun who calls on my name.
He treads on rulers as if they were mortar,
    as if he were a potter treading the clay.
26 Who told of this from the beginning, so we could know,
    or beforehand, so we could say, ‘He was right’?
No one told of this,
    no one foretold it,
    no one heard any words from you.
27 I was the first to tell Zion, ‘Look, here they are!’
    I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good news.
28 I look but there is no one—
    no one among the gods to give counsel,
    no one to give answer when I ask them.
29 See, they are all false!
    Their deeds amount to nothing;
    their images are but wind and confusion.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 41:2 Or east, / whom victory meets at every step

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以赛亚书 41

上帝是以色列的帮助

1上帝说:“众海岛啊,
要在我面前安静!
让众民重新拿出勇力,
让他们前来说话,
让我们一起来理论。

“谁使一人从东方兴起?
谁凭公义把他召到跟前?
谁把列国交给他,
使他征服列国的君王,
用刀将他们化为尘土,
用弓将他们沦为风吹的碎秸?
他追赶他们,
安然走过从未踏足之路。
谁成就了这事?
谁在太初就掌管历史的方向?
是我耶和华,
我太初就在那里,
末了也在那里。

“众海岛看见我的作为就害怕,
地极也颤抖,
他们都上前来,
彼此帮助,
互相勉励说,‘要刚强!’
工匠鼓励银匠,
打磨的勉励打砧的,
说,‘打得好!’
他们用钉子把偶像钉牢,免得摇晃。

“然而,以色列啊,你是我的仆人;
雅各啊,你是我拣选的,
是我朋友亚伯拉罕的后裔。
我把你从地极带来,
从遥远的角落召来。
我对你说,‘你是我的仆人,
我拣选了你,没有丢弃你。
10 我是你的上帝,我必与你同在,
你不用惊慌也不用害怕。
我必赐你力量,帮助你,
用我公义的右手扶持你。’

11 “看啊,向你发怒的人必抱愧蒙羞;
与你为敌的人都要灭亡,
归于无有。
12 你寻找与你相争的人,
却找不到;
与你争战的人必归于无有。
13 因为我是你的上帝耶和华,
我必拉着你的右手对你说,
‘不要怕,我必帮助你。’

14 “如蛆如虫的雅各啊,以色列人啊,不要怕!
我耶和华必帮助你。
以色列的圣者是你的救赎主。
15 看啊,我要使你成为一具簇新、
带许多利齿的打谷器。
你要打烂高山,
使丘陵碎如糠秕。
16 你要簸它们,让风吹散它们,
让狂风卷走它们。
但你要以耶和华为喜乐,
以以色列的圣者为荣耀。

17 “贫穷困苦的人找不到水喝,
他们口干舌燥。
但我耶和华必应允他们的呼求,
我——以色列的上帝不会撇弃他们。
18 我要使光秃的山岭上江河奔流,
山谷中泉水涌流;
我要使沙漠变成水塘,
使干地冒出泉水。
19 我要在旷野栽香柏树、
皂荚树、番石榴树和橄榄树。
我要在沙漠种松树、杉树和黄杨树。
20 人一看就知道,
一想就明白,
这是耶和华亲手成就的,
是以色列的圣者创造的。”

21 耶和华对偶像说:
“陈明你们的理由。”
雅各的王说:
“拿出你们的证据吧。”
22 告诉我们将要发生的事,
给我们说说以前发生的事,
我们好思想,以便明白事情的结局。
向我们宣告将来的事,
23 告诉我们以后会发生什么,
好叫我们知道你们是神明。
不论降福降祸,显显身手吧,
好叫我们一同惊惧!
24 看啊,你们实在算不得什么,
你们所做的毫无意义,
拜你们的人真是可憎!

25 “我使一人从北方兴起,
他来了,
他在东方求告我的名。
他必把掌权者像灰泥一样踏在脚下,
像窑匠踩泥一样践踏。
26 谁从太初就宣告这事,让我们知道呢?
谁预先讲明这事,让我们说他能未卜先知呢?
谁也没有说过,
谁也没有预言过,
谁也没有听见你们说过什么。
27 是我首先把这件事告诉锡安,
我要给耶路撒冷一个报好消息的使者。
28 我看了看,没有出谋划策的。
我问话,没有一个回答。
29 看啊,它们全是假的,
毫无作为,虚空如风。