Isaiah 44

The LORD has Chosen Israel

But now listen, O Jacob My servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is the word of the LORD, your Maker, who formed you from the womb [and] will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob My servant, Jeshurun,
Jeshurun means the upright one, a term of endearment for Israel
whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and currents on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. They will sprout among the grass like poplars by flowing streams. One will say, ‘I [belong] to the LORD,’ another will call himself by the name of Jacob, and still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name of Israel.” Thus says the LORD, the King and Redeemer of Israel, the LORD of Hosts: “I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God but Me. Who then [is] like Me? Let him say so! Let him declare [his] case before Me, since I established an ancient people. Let him foretell the things to come, and what is to take place. Do not tremble [or] fear. Have I not told you and declared it long ago? You are My witnesses! Is there any God but Me? There is no other Rock; I know not one.” All makers of idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Their witnesses fail to see or know anything, so they are put to shame. 10  Who fashions a god or casts an idol which profits him nothing? 11  Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are only human. Let them all assemble and take their stand; they will all be brought to terror and shame. 12  The blacksmith takes a tool and labors over the coals; he fashions [an idol] with hammers and forges [it] with his strong arms. Yet he grows hungry and his strength fails; he fails to drink water and grows faint. 13  The woodworker extends a measuring line; he marks it out with a stylus; he shapes it with chisels and outlines it with a compass. He fashions it in the likeness of man, like man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. 14  He cuts down cedars or retrieves a cypress or oak. He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow. 15  It serves as fuel for man. He takes some of it to warm himself, and he kindles a fire and bakes [his] bread; he even fashions it into a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. 16  He burns half of it in the fire, and he roasts meat on that half. He eats the roast and is satisfied. Indeed, he warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.” 17  From the rest he makes a god, his graven image. He bows down to it and worships; he prays to it and says, “Save me, for you are my god.” 18  They cannot comprehend [or] understand, for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and [closed] their minds so they cannot understand. 19  And no one considers in his heart, no one has the knowledge or insight to say, “I burned half of it in the fire, and I baked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make something detestable with the rest of it? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” 20  He feeds on ashes. His deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself [or] say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Jerusalem to be Restored

21  Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are My servant, O Israel. I have made you; you are My servant; O Israel, [I] will never forget [you] . 22  I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. 23  Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O depths of the earth. Break out into singing, O mountains, you forests and all your trees. For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and revealed His glory in Israel. 24  Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who by Myself spread out the earth, 25  who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who confounds the wise and turns their knowledge into nonsense, 26  who confirms the message of His servant and fulfills the counsel of His messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’ and of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, and I will restore their ruins,’ 27  who says to the depths of the sea, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up your currents,’ 28  who says of Cyrus, ‘My shepherd will fulfill all that I desire,’ who says of Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and of the temple, ‘Let its foundation be laid.’”
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