Israel the Lord’s Chosen

44 “But now hear, bO Jacob my servant,

Israel whom I have chosen!

  Thus says the Lord who made you,

cwho formed you from the womb and will help you:

dFear not, O Jacob my servant,

eJeshurun whom I have chosen.

  fFor I will pour water on the thirsty land,

and streams on the dry ground;

I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,

and my blessing on your descendants.

  They shall spring up among the grass

glike willows by flowing streams.

  hThis one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’

another will call on the name of Jacob,

and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’

and name himself by the name of Israel.”

 Besides Me There Is No God

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel

and ihis Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

j“I am the first and I am the last;

besides me there is no god.

  kWho is like me? Let him proclaim it.1

Let him declare and set it before me,

since I appointed an ancient people.

Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.

  Fear not, nor be afraid;

have I not told you from of old and declared it?

lAnd you are my witnesses!

mIs there a God besides me?

There is no nRock; I know not any.”

 The Folly of Idolatry

oAll who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame.  10 pWho fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?  11 qBehold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.

 12 pThe ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.  13 The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. rHe shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house.  14 sHe cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it.  15 Then 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.  16 Half 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!”  17 And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. tHe prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”

 18 They 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.  19 No 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 uabomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”  20 vHe feeds on washes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not xa lie in my right hand?”

 The Lord Redeems Israel

21  Remember these things, O Jacob,

and Israel, for you are ymy servant;

I formed you; you are my servant;

zO Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.

  22  aI have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud

and your sins like mist;

return to me, for I have redeemed you.

  23  bSing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;

shout, O cdepths of the earth;

break forth into singing, O mountains,

O forest, and every tree in it!

For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,

dand will be glorified2 in Israel.

  24  Thus says the Lord, eyour Redeemer,

fwho formed you from the womb:

g“I am the Lord, who made all things,

hwho alone stretched out the heavens,

who spread out the earth by myself,

  25  who frustrates the signs of liars

and makes fools of diviners,

iwho turns wise men back

and makes their knowledge foolish,

  26  jwho confirms the word of his servant

and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’

kand of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,

and I will raise up their ruins’;

  27  lwho says to the deep, ‘Be dry;

I will dry up your rivers’;

  28  who says of mCyrus, ‘He is nmy shepherd,

and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;

saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’

oand of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’ ”

b

See ch. 41:8

c
d

See ch. 43:5

e
f
g
h

[ch. 14:1]

i

See ch. 43:14

j

ch. 48:12; Rev. 1:8; See ch. 41:4

k

ch. 41:26, 27

1

Or Who like me can proclaim it?

l

ch. 43:10

m
n

See ch. 30:29

o

ch. 41:24, 29

p
q

ch. 45:16; Ps. 115:8; See ch. 42:17

p

[See ver. 10 above]

r
s

[ch. 40:20]

t

[ch. 45:20]

u
v
w
x
y

ch. 42:19; See ch. 42:1

z

[ch. 49:15]

a

ch. 43:25

b
c
d

ch. 49:3; [ch. 55:5; 60:9]

2

Or will display his beauty

e

See ch. 43:14

f

See ver. 2

g

[ch. 42:5]

h

ch. 42:5; 45:12

i

[ch. 19:3, 14]

j
k
l

ch. 11:15; [ch. 51:10]

m

ch. 45:1

n
o
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