Isaiah 44:15-28

15Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. 16Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” 17And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. a  He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”

18They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. 19No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an b  abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” 20 c  He feeds on d  ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not e  a lie in my right hand?”

The  Lord Redeems Israel

21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
and Israel, for you are f  my servant;
I formed you; you are my servant;
g  O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
22 h  I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
23 i  Sing, O heavens, for the  Lord has done it;
shout, O j  depths of the earth;
break forth into singing, O mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
For the  Lord has redeemed Jacob,
k  and will be glorified
Or  will display his beauty
in Israel.
24 Thus says the  Lord, m  your Redeemer,
n  who formed you from the womb:
o  I am the  Lord, who made all things,
p  who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,
25who frustrates the signs of liars
and makes fools of diviners,
q  who turns wise men back
and makes their knowledge foolish,
26 r  who confirms the word of his servant
and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’
s  and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
and I will raise up their ruins’;
27 t  who says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
I will dry up your rivers’;
28who says of u  Cyrus, ‘He is v  my shepherd,
and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
w  and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
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