The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 41:1–7


Keep silence before Me, O islands, and let the peoples renew their strength; let them draw near, then let them speak; let us come near together to judgment.

Hold a feast to me, ye islands: for the princes shall renew their strength: let them draw nigh and speak together: then let them declare judgement.

Let the islands be silent before me, and let the nations take new strength. Let them draw near, and then speak. Let us apply for judgment together.

Who hath raised up one from the east, at whose steps victory attendeth? He giveth nations before him, and maketh him rule over kings; his sword maketh them as the dust, his bow as the driven stubble.

Who raised up righteousness from the east, and called it to his feet, so that it should go? shall appoint it an adversary of Gentiles, and shall dismay kings, and bury their swords in the earth, and cast forth their bows and arrows as sticks?

Who has raised up a just man from the east, and has called him to follow him? He will place the nations under his gaze, and he will rule over kings. He will cause them to be like dust before his sword, like chaff driven by the wind before his bow.


He pursueth them, and passeth on safely; the way with his feet he treadeth not.

He will pursue them. He will pass by in peace. No trace will appear after his feet.

He shall pursue them, then make peace; and he shall not pass that way on foot.


Who hath wrought and done it? He that called the generations from the beginning. I, YHWH, who am the first, and with the last am the same.

Who has wrought and done these things? he has called it who called it from the generations of old; I God, the first and to all futurity, I AM.


The isles saw, and feared; the ends of the earth trembled; they drew near, and came.

The nations saw, and feared; the ends of the earth drew nigh, and came together,

The islands saw it and were afraid. The ends of the earth were stupefied. They drew near and arrived.


They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother: 'Be of good courage.'

every one judging for his neighbor and that to assist his brother: and one will say,

Each one will help his neighbor and will say to his brother, “Be strengthened.”

So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smiteth the anvil, saying of the soldering: 'It is good'; and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

The artificer has become strong, and the coppersmith that smites with the hammer, and forges also: sometimes he will say, It is a piece well joined: they have fastened them with nails; they will fix them, and they shall not be moved.

The coppersmith striking with the mallet encouraged him who was forging at that time, saying, “It is ready for soldering.” And he strengthened it with nails, so that it would not be moved.