Bible: Isa 41:8-16
The Lord Encourages His People
41:8 “You, 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;
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
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
41:15 “Look, 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
you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.