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Isaiah 41:11-13

11-13"Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you

will end up out in the cold—

real losers.

Those who worked against you

will end up empty-handed—

nothing to show for their lives.

When you go out looking for your old adversaries

you won't find them—

Not a trace of your old enemies,

not even a memory.

That's right. Because I, your God,

have a firm grip on you and I'm not letting go.

I'm telling you, 'Don't panic.

I'm right here to help you.'

14-16"Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob?

Don't be afraid.

Feel like a fragile insect, Israel?

I'll help you.

I, God, want to reassure you.

The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.

I'm transforming you from worm to harrow,

from insect to iron.

As a sharp-toothed harrow you'll smooth out the mountains,

turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.

You'll open the rough ground to the weather,

to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.

But you'll be confident and exuberant,

expansive in The Holy of Israel!