A. 1 Keep silence before me, O islands;
and let the people renew their strength:
let them come near; then let them speak:
let us come near (qarab) together to judgment.
B. 2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east,
called him to his foot,
gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings?
he gave them as the dust to his sword,
and as driven stubble to his bow.
3 He pursued them, and passed safely;
even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
B’. 4 Who hath wrought and done it,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I the LORD, the first,
and with the last; I am he.
A’. 5 The isles saw it, and feared;
the ends of the earth were afraid,
drew near (qarab), and came.
6 They helped every one his neighbour;
and every one said to his brother,
Be of good courage (hazaq).
7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith,
and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil,
saying, It is ready for the sodering:
and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.