44 “Now, listen, Jacob my servant,
Israel whom I have chosen!”
2 This is what the Lord, the one who made you, says –
the one who formed you in the womb and helps you:
“Don’t be afraid, my servant Jacob,
Jeshurun, 1 whom I have chosen!
3 For I will pour water on the parched ground 2
and cause streams to flow 3 on the dry land.
I will pour my spirit on your offspring
and my blessing on your children.
4 They will sprout up like a tree in the grass, 4
like poplars beside channels of water.
5 One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord,’
and another will use 5 the name ‘Jacob.’
One will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
and use the name ‘Israel.’” 6
6 This is what the Lord, Israel’s king, says,
their protector, 7 the Lord who commands armies:
“I am the first and I am the last,
there is no God but me.
7 Who is like me? Let him make his claim! 8
Let him announce it and explain it to me –
since I established an ancient people – 9
let them announce future events! 10
8 Don’t panic! Don’t be afraid! 11
Did I not tell you beforehand and decree it?
You are my witnesses! Is there any God but me?
There is no other sheltering rock; 12 I know of none.
9 All who form idols are nothing;
the things in which they delight are worthless.
Their witnesses cannot see;
they recognize nothing, so they are put to shame.
10 Who forms a god and casts an idol
that will prove worthless? 13
11 Look, all his associates 14 will be put to shame;
the craftsmen are mere humans. 15
Let them all assemble and take their stand!
They will panic and be put to shame.
12 A blacksmith works with his tool 16
and forges metal over the coals.
He forms it 17 with hammers;
he makes it with his strong arm.
He gets hungry and loses his energy; 18
he drinks no water and gets tired.
13 A carpenter takes measurements; 19
he marks out an outline of its form; 20
he scrapes 21 it with chisels,
and marks it with a compass.
He patterns it after the human form, 22
like a well-built human being,
and puts it in a shrine. 23
14 He cuts down cedars
and acquires a cypress 24 or an oak.
He gets 25 trees from the forest;
he plants a cedar 26 and the rain makes it grow.
15 A man uses it to make a fire; 27
he takes some of it and warms himself.
Yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
Then he makes a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it. 28
16 Half of it he burns in the fire –
over that half he cooks 29 meat;
he roasts a meal and fills himself.
Yes, he warms himself and says,
‘Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’
17 With the rest of it he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships it.
He prays to it, saying,
‘Rescue me, for you are my god!’
18 They do not comprehend or understand,
for their eyes are blind and cannot see;
their minds do not discern. 30
19 No one thinks to himself,
nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves:
‘I burned half of it in the fire –
yes, I baked bread over the coals;
I roasted meat and ate it.
With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol?
Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 31
20 He feeds on ashes; 32
his deceived mind misleads him.
He cannot rescue himself,
nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 33
21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
O Israel, for you are my servant.
I formed you to be my servant;
O Israel, I will not forget you! 34
22 I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud,
the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. 35
Come back to me, for I protect 36 you.”
23 Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; 37
shout out, you subterranean regions 38 of the earth.
O mountains, give a joyful shout;
you too, O forest and all your trees! 39
For the Lord protects 40 Jacob;
he reveals his splendor through Israel. 41
24 This is what the Lord, your protector, 42 says,
the one who formed you in the womb:
“I am the Lord, who made everything,
who alone stretched out the sky,
who fashioned the earth all by myself, 43
25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers 44
and humiliates 45 the omen readers,
who overturns the counsel of the wise men 46
and makes their advice 47 seem foolish,
26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants 48
and brings to pass the announcements 49 of his messengers,
who says about Jerusalem, 50 ‘She will be inhabited,’
and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,
her ruins I will raise up,’
27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry!
I will dry up your sea currents,’
28 who commissions 51 Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 52
to carry out all my wishes 53
and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’
and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 54
45 This is what the Lord says to his chosen 1 one,
to Cyrus, whose right hand I hold 2
in order to subdue nations before him,
and disarm kings, 3
to open doors before him,
so gates remain unclosed:
2 “I will go before you
and level mountains. 4
Bronze doors I will shatter
and iron bars 5 I will hack through.
3 I will give you hidden treasures, 6
riches stashed away in secret places,
so you may recognize that I am the Lord,
the one who calls you by name, the God of Israel.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
Israel, my chosen one,
I call you by name
and give you a title of respect, even though you do not recognize 7 me.
5 I am the Lord, I have no peer, 8
there is no God but me.
I arm you for battle, 9 even though you do not recognize 10 me.
6 I do this 11 so people 12 will recognize from east to west
that there is no God but me;
I am the Lord, I have no peer.
7 I am 13 the one who forms light
and creates darkness; 14
the one who brings about peace
and creates calamity. 15
I am the Lord, who accomplishes all these things.
8 O sky, rain down from above!
Let the clouds send down showers 16 of deliverance!
Let the earth absorb it 17 so salvation may grow, 18
and deliverance may sprout up 19 along with it.
I, the Lord, create it. 20
9 One who argues with his creator is in grave danger, 21
one who is like a mere 22 shard among the other shards on the ground!
The clay should not say to the potter, 23
“What in the world 24 are you doing?
Your work lacks skill!” 25
10 Danger awaits one who says 26 to his father,
“What in the world 27 are you fathering?”
and to his mother,
“What in the world are you bringing forth?” 28
11 This is what the Lord says,
the Holy One of Israel, 29 the one who formed him,
concerning things to come: 30
“How dare you question me 31 about my children!
How dare you tell me what to do with 32 the work of my own hands!
12 I made the earth,
I created the people who live 33 on it.
It was me – my hands 34 stretched out the sky, 35
I give orders to all the heavenly lights. 36
13 It is me – I stir him up and commission him; 37
I will make all his ways level.
He will rebuild my city;
he will send my exiled people home,
but not for a price or a bribe,”
says the Lord who commands armies.
14 This is what the Lord says:
“The profit 38 of Egypt and the revenue 39 of Ethiopia,
along with the Sabeans, those tall men,
will be brought to you 40 and become yours.
They will walk behind you, coming along in chains. 41
They will bow down to you
and pray to you: 42
‘Truly God is with 43 you; he has no peer; 44
there is no other God!’”
15 Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden,
O God of Israel, deliverer!
16 They will all be ashamed and embarrassed;
those who fashion idols will all be humiliated. 45
17 Israel will be delivered once and for all by the Lord; 46
you will never again be ashamed or humiliated. 47
18 For this is what the Lord says,
the one who created the sky –
he is the true God, 48
the one who formed the earth and made it;
he established it,
he did not create it without order, 49
he formed it to be inhabited –
“I am the Lord, I have no peer.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
in some hidden place. 50
I did not tell Jacob’s descendants,
‘Seek me in vain!’ 51
I am the Lord,
the one who speaks honestly,
who makes reliable announcements. 52
20 Gather together and come!
Approach together, you refugees from the nations!
Those who carry wooden idols know nothing,
those who pray to a god that cannot deliver.
21 Tell me! Present the evidence! 53
Let them consult with one another!
Who predicted this in the past?
Who announced it beforehand?
Was it not I, the Lord?
I have no peer, there is no God but me,
a God who vindicates and delivers; 54
there is none but me.
22 Turn to me so you can be delivered, 55
all you who live in the earth’s remote regions!
For I am God, and I have no peer.
23 I solemnly make this oath 56 –
what I say is true and reliable: 57
‘Surely every knee will bow to me,
every tongue will solemnly affirm; 58
24 they will say about me,
“Yes, the Lord is a powerful deliverer.”’” 59
All who are angry at him will cower before him. 60
25 All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the Lord
and will boast in him. 61