1 KeepGod as though he pleaded his cause with all nations requires silence, that he may be heard in his right.silence before me, O isles; and let the peopleThat is, gather all their power and supports.renew [their] strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
2 Who raised up theWho called Abraham (who was the pattern of God's justice in delivering his Church) from the idolatry of the Chaldeans to go to and fro at his commandment and placed him in the land of Canaan.righteous [man] from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made [him] rule over kings? he gave [them] as the dust to his sword, [and] as driven stubble to his bow.
3 He pursued them, and passed safely by the way that he had not gone with his feete.
4 Who hath wrought and done [it], calling theWho has created man and maintained his succession.generations from the beginning? I the LORD, theThough the world set up many gods, yet they diminish nothing of my glory: for I am all one, unchangeable, which have ever been and will be for ever.first, and with the last; I [am] he.
5 The isles saw [it], andConsidering my excellent works among my people.feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, andThey assembled themselves and conspired against me to maintain their idolatry.came.
6 They helped every one his neighbour; and [every one] said to his brother,He notes the obstinacy of the idolaters to maintain their superstitions.Be of good courage.
7 So the workeman comforted the founder, and he that smote with ye hammer, him that smote by course, saying, It is ready for the sodering, and he fastened it with nayles that it shoulde not be mooued.
8 But thou, Israel, [art] myAnd therefore ought not to pollute yourself with the superstition of the Gentiles.servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 For I haue taken thee from the endes of the earth, and called thee before the chiefe thereof, and saide vnto thee, Thou art my seruant: I haue chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
10 Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with theThat is, by the force of promise, in the performance of which I will show myself faithful and just.right hand of my righteousness.
11 Beholde, all they that prouoke thee, shalbe ashamed, and confounded: they shalbe as nothing, and they that striue with thee, shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt notBecause they will be destroyed.find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught.
13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying vnto thee, Feare not, I wil helpe thee.
14 Fear not, thouThus he calls them because they were contemned of all the world, and that they considering their own poor estate should seek him for help.worm Jacob, [and] ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh theI will make you able to destroy all your enemies no matter how mighty, and this chiefly is referred to the kingdom of Christ.mountains, and beat [them] small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.
16 Thou shalt fanne them, and the winde shal carie them away, and the whirlewinde shal scatter them: and thou shalt reioyce in the Lord, & shalt glory in the holy one of Israel.
17 [When]That is, they who will be afflicted in the captivity of Babylon.the poor and needy seek water, and [there is] none, [and] their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dryGod would rather change the order of nature than that they should want anything, who cry to him by true faith in their miseries: declaring to them by this that they will lack nothing by the way, when they return from Babylon.land springs of water.
19 I will set in the wildernesse the cedar, the shittah tree, and the mirre tree, and the pine tree, and I will set in the wildernesse the firre tree, the elme and the boxe tree together.
20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of IsraelThat is, has appointed and determined that it will come to pass.hath created it.
21 He bids the idolaters to prove their religion and to bring forth their idols, that they may be tried whether they know all things, and can do all things, which if they cannot do, he concludes that they are not gods, but vile idols.Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong [reasons], saith the King of Jacob.
22 Let them bring foorth, and let them tell vs what shall come: let them shew the former things what they be, that wee may consider them, and knowe the latter ende of them: either declare vs things for to come.
23 Shewe the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods: yea, doe good or doe euill, that we may declare it, and beholde it together.
24 Behold, ye [are] of nothing, and your work of naught: an abomination [is he that]So that a man cannot make an idol, without doing that which God detests and abhors for he chooses his own devises and forsakes the Lords.chooseth you.
25 I have raised up [one] from the north,Meaning, the Chaldeans.and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall heThat is, Cyrus, who will do all things in my name and by my direction: by which he means that both their captivity and deliverance will be ordered by God's providence and appointment.call upon my name: and he shall come uponBoth of the Chaldeans and others.princes as [upon] morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and in times past, that we may say, [He is] righteous? verily, [there is] none that sheweth, verily, [there is] none that declareth, verily, [there is] none that hearethMeaning, that none of the Gentile gods can work any of these things.your words.
27 The first [shall say] to Zion, Behold, beholdThat is, the Israelites who return from the captivity.them: and I will give to JerusalemThat is, a continual succession of prophets and ministers.one that bringeth good tidings.
28 ForWhen I looked whether the idols could do these things, I found that they had neither wisdom nor power to do anything: therefore he concludes that all are wicked that trust in such vanities.I beheld, and [there was] no man; even among them, and [there was] no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
29 Beholde, they are all vanitie: their worke is of nothing, their images are wind and confusion.