The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 41:21–29

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21  Produce your cause, saith YHWH; bring forth your reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

21  Your judgement draws nigh, saith the Lord God; your counsel have drawn nigh, saith the King of Jacob.

21  Bring your case forward, says the Lord. Bring it here, if you have anything to allege, says the King of Jacob.

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22  Let them bring them forth, and declare unto us the things that shall happen; the former things, what are they? Declare ye, that we may consider, and know the end of them; or announce to us things to come.

22  Let them draw nigh, and declare to you what things shall come to pass; or tell us what things were of old, and we will apply our understanding, and we shall know what are the last and the future things

22  Let them approach and announce to us the things that will occur. Announce to us the things that were before. And we will apply our heart to them, and we will know their end. And so, reveal to us the things that will occur.

23  Declare the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods; yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

23  tell us, declare ye to us the things that are coming on at the last time, and we shall know that ye are gods: do good, and do evil, and we shall wonder, and see at the same time

23  Announce the things that will occur in the future, and we will know that you are gods. Likewise, accomplish good or evil, if you are able, and let us speak of it and see it together.

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24  Behold, ye are nothing, and your work a thing of nought; an abomination is he that chooseth you.

24  whence ye are, and whence is your works: they have chosen you an abomination out of the earth.

25  I have roused up one from the north, and he is come, from the rising of the sun one that calleth upon My name; and he shall come upon rulers as upon mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay.

25  But I have raised up him that comes from the north, and him that comes from the rising of the sun: they shall be called by my name: let the princes come, and as potter’s clay, and as a potter treading clay, so shall ye be trodden down.

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26  Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say that he is right? Yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that announceth, yea, there is none that heareth your utterances.

26  For who will declare the things from the beginning, that we may know also the former things, and we will say that they are true? there is no one that speaks beforehand, nor anyone that hears your words.

26  Who has announced this from its rising, so that we may know it, or from its beginning, so that we may say, “You are just.” There is no one who either announces, or predicts, or hears your words.

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27  A harbinger unto Zion will I give: 'Behold, behold them', and to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings.

27  I will give dominion to Sion, and will comfort Jerusalem by the way.

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28  And I look, but there is no man; even among them, but there is no counsellor, that, when I ask of them, can give an answer.

28  For from among the nations, behold, there was no one; and of their idols there was none to declare anything: and if I should ask them, Whence are ye? they could not answer me.

28  For I beheld, and there was no man who could meditate about these things, that I might ask him, and that he might give me an answer.

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29  Behold, all of them, their works are vanity and nought; their molten images are wind and confusion.

29  For these are your makers, as ye think, and they that cause you to err in vain.

29  Behold, they are all unjust, and their works are empty. Their idols are wind and emptiness.