judges the nations
So they must be brave and speak to me.
We must meet together to decide who is right.
Who has chosen that king to serve him?
He has given that king power over many nations,
so that the kings of those nations must obey him.
He uses that king's
He blows them away like
and nothing hurts him.
His feet do not seem to touch the ground!
Who has decided what should happen,
from the beginning, century after century?
It is I, the Lord!
I was there at the beginning,
and I will always be there, through to the end.
and they are afraid.
People all over the world
They join together and they come near.
and they say to one another, “Be strong!” ’
Yes, I have chosen you,
You are descendants of my friend, Abraham.
I called you to come from places far away.
I have said to you, “You are my servant.
I have chosen you. I have not thrown you away.
so do not be afraid.
I am your God,
so do not be
I will make you strong
and I will help you.
My powerful right hand will keep you safe.”
will now become completely ashamed.
Those who have attacked you will
you will not find them.
They will all disappear!
I will hold on to your right hand.
I say to you, “Do not be afraid. I will help you.”
You may seem
but I myself will help you.’
That is what the Lord says.
He is your
like a heavy weight that threshes
You will have new sharp metal points that are like teeth.
You will thresh the mountains
and you will break them into pieces.
You will make the hills become like
and the wind will blow them away in all directions!
You will be happy with what the Lord has done for you.
but there is none.
They are so thirsty that their tongues are dry.
But I, the Lord, will answer their
I, the God of Israel, will not leave them alone.
I will make
I will make pools of water in the
The dry land will become a place of streams.
In the dry valleys
there will be
They will watch carefully and they will understand.
They will know that the Lord's power
has caused it to happen.
They will know that the Holy God of Israel
False gods have no power
‘Come and show me what you can do!
Tell me clearly what power you have!
Let them tell us what will happen in future years.
Let them tell us what happened in the past.
Then we can think about those things.
We will understand what happened in the end.
Or ask them to tell us about future events!
we will know that they really are gods.
Tell them to do something,
a good thing or a bad thing.
That would really surprise us,
or even frighten us!
There is nothing that they can do.
Anybody who chooses to
has turned against God!
who is coming with his army from the north.
He comes from a land in the east, where the sun rises,
and he will use my name to call to me.
He will walk over rulers of other
as if they are
He will push them down with his feet,
that all these things must happen?
Who told us about them before they happened?
Then we could say, “He was right!”
None of your idols said anything about it!
Nobody heard them say a word!
to tell the good news to
I sent someone to Jerusalem to say,
“Look, they have arrived!”
to see who might be a good
But none of them could help.
None of them could answer my questions.
They can do nothing.