Isaiah 44

The Blessings of Israel

1But now listen, O Jacob, My a  servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
2Thus says the  Lord who made you
And b  formed you from the womb, who c  will help you,
d  Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you e  Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
3‘For f  I will pour out water on
Or him who is thirsty
the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will h  pour out My Spirit on your i  offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
4And they will spring up
Another reading is like grass among the waters
among the grass
Like k  poplars by streams of water.’
5This one will say, ‘I am the  Lord’s’;
And that one
Another reading is will be called by the name of Jacob
will call on the name of Jacob;
And another will m  write
Or with
on his hand, ‘Belonging to the  Lord,’
And will name Israel’s name with honor.

6Thus says the  Lord, the o  King of Israel and his p  Redeemer, the  Lord of hosts: ‘I am the q  first and I am the last,
And there is no God r  besides Me.
7Who is like Me? s  Let him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
Lit From My establishing of
From the time that I established the ancient
Or people
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
8Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
v  Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And w  you are My witnesses.
Is there any God x  besides Me,
Or is there any other y  Rock?
I know of none.’”

The Folly of Idolatry

9Those who fashion
Or an idol
a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be aa  put to shame.
10Who has fashioned a god or cast
Or a graven image
an idol to ac  no profit?
11Behold, all his companions will be ad  put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

12The ae  man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals,
Lit and fashions
fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and
Lit there is no strength
his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.
13 ah  Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of ai  man, so that it may sit in a aj  house. 14Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a
Or holm-oak
cypress or an oak and
Lit makes strong
raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.
15Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also am  makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and an  falls down before it. 16Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.” 17But the rest of it he ao  makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also ap  prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”

18They do not aq  know, nor do they understand, for He has ar  smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19No one
Lit returns to his heart
recalls, nor is there at  knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then
Or shall I make?
I make the rest of it into an av  abomination
Or shall I fall...?
I fall down before a block of wood!”
Or is a companion of ashes
ay  feeds on ashes; a az  deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver
Lit his soul
himself, nor say, bb  Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

God Forgives and Redeems

21 bc  Remember these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are bd  My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant,
O Israel, you will be  not be forgotten by Me.
22“I have bf  wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a
Or cloud
heavy mist.
bh  Return to Me, for I have bi  redeemed you.”
23 bj  Shout for joy, O heavens, for the  Lord has done it!
Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
bk  Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it;
For bl  the  Lord has redeemed Jacob
And in Israel He bm  shows forth His glory.

24Thus says the  Lord, your bn  Redeemer, and the one who bo  formed you from the womb, “I, the  Lord, am the maker of all things,
bp  Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth
Or who was with Me?
all alone,
25 br  Causing the
Lit signs
omens of boasters to fail,
Lit He makes
Making fools out of diviners,
bu  Causing wise men to draw back
Lit He turns
turning their knowledge into foolishness,
26 bw  Confirming the word of His servant
Lit He performs
performing the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And of the by  cities of Judah, ‘ bz  They shall be built.’
And I will raise up her ruins again.
27It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’
And I will make your rivers ca  dry.
28It is I who says of cb  Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.’
Lit to say
he declares of Jerusalem, ‘ cd  She will be built,’
And of the temple, ‘
Lit You will be founded
Your foundation will be laid.’”

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