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Isaiah 41:21-24

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The Lord Challenges the Pagan Gods

41:21 “Present your argument,” says the Lord.

“Produce your evidence,” 1  says Jacob’s king. 2 

41:22 “Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen!

Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, 3 

so we may examine them 4  and see how they were fulfilled. 5 

Or decree for us some future events!

41:23 Predict how future events will turn out, 6 

so we might know you are gods.

Yes, do something good or bad,

so we might be frightened and in awe. 7 

41:24 Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent;

the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. 8 

1 tn Heb “strong [words],” see HALOT 870 s.v. *עֲצֻמוֹת.

2 sn Apparently this challenge is addressed to the pagan idol gods, see vv. 23-24.

3 tn Heb “As for the former things, tell us what they are!”

4 tn Heb “so we might set [them to] our heart.”

5 tn Heb “and might know their outcome.”

6 tn Heb “Declare the coming things, with respect to the end.”

7 tc The translation assumes the Qere (וְנִרְאֶה [vÿnireh], from יָרֵא [yare’], “be afraid”).

tn Heb “so we might be frightened and afraid together.” On the meaning of the verb שָׁתָע (shata’), see the note at v. 10.

8 tn Heb “an object of disgust [is he who] chooses you.”



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