Bible: Isa 41:8-16

The Lord Encourages His People

41:8You, my servant Israel,

Jacob whom I have chosen,

offspring of Abraham my friend, 1 

41:9 you whom I am bringing back 2  from the earth’s extremities,

and have summoned from the remote regions

I told you, “You are my servant.”

I have chosen you and not rejected you.

41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you!

Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! 3 

I strengthen you –

yes, I help you –

yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand! 4 

41:11 Look, all who were angry at you will be ashamed and humiliated;

your adversaries 5  will be reduced to nothing 6  and perish.

41:12 When you will look for your opponents, 7  you will not find them;

your enemies 8  will be reduced to absolutely nothing.

41:13 For I am the Lord your God,

the one who takes hold of your right hand,

who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’

41:14 Don’t be afraid, despised insignificant Jacob, 9 

men of 10  Israel.

I am helping you,” says the Lord,

your protector, 11  the Holy One of Israel. 12 

41:15Look, I am making you like 13  a sharp threshing sledge,

new and double-edged. 14 

You will thresh the mountains and crush them;

you will make the hills like straw. 15 

41:16 You will winnow them and the wind will blow them away;

the wind will scatter them.

You will rejoice in the Lord;

you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.

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