44 “Yet hear me now, O Jacob My servant,
And Israel whom I have chosen.
And formed you from the womb, who will help you:
‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant;
And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
Like willows by the watercourses.’
Another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
Another will write with his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
And name himself by the name of Israel.
6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
a‘I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God.
7 And bwho can proclaim as I do?
Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me,
Since I appointed the ancient people.
And the things that are coming and shall come,
Let them show these to them.
cHave I not told you from that time, and declared it?
dYou are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
Indeed ethere is no other Rock;
I know not one.’ ”
9 fThose who make an image, all of them are useless,
And their precious things shall not profit;
They are their own witnesses;
gThey neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed.
hThat profits him nothing?
11 Surely all his companions would be iashamed;
And the workmen, they are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together,
Let them stand up;
Yet they shall fear,
They shall be ashamed together.
12 jThe blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals,
Fashions it with hammers,
And works it with the strength of his arms.
Even so, he is hungry, and his strength fails;
He drinks no water and is faint.
He marks one out with chalk;
He fashions it with a plane,
He marks it out with the compass,
And makes it like the figure of a man,
According to the beauty of a man, that it may remain in the house.
And takes the cypress and the oak;
He 1secures it for himself among the trees of the forest.
He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes it.
For he will take some of it and warm himself;
Yes, he kindles it and bakes bread;
Indeed he makes a god and worships it;
He makes it a carved image, and falls down to it.
With this half he eats meat;
He roasts a roast, and is satisfied.
He even warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm,
I have seen the fire.”
His carved image.
He falls down before it and worships it,
Prays to it and says,
“Deliver me, for you are my god!”
18 kThey do not know nor understand;
And their hearts, so that they cannot munderstand.
19 And no one nconsiders in his heart,
Nor is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
“I have burned half of it in the fire,
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals;
I have roasted meat and eaten it;
And shall I make the rest of it an abomination?
Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”
oA deceived heart has turned him aside;
And he cannot deliver his soul,
Nor say, “Is there not a plie in my right hand?”
21 “Remember these, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant;
O Israel, you will not be qforgotten by Me!
22 rI have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions,
And like a cloud, your sins.
Return to Me, for sI have redeemed you.”
23 tSing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout, you lower parts of the earth;
Break forth into singing, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
And uglorified Himself in Israel.
24 Thus says the Lord, vyour Redeemer,
And wHe who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who makes all things,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;
And drives diviners mad;
Who turns wise men backward,
aAnd makes their knowledge foolishness;
26 bWho confirms the word of His servant,
And performs the counsel of His messengers;
Who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited,’
To the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’
And I will raise up her waste places;
27 cWho says to the deep, ‘Be dry!
And I will dry up your rivers’;
28 Who says of dCyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,
And he shall perform all My pleasure,
Saying to Jerusalem, e“You shall be built,”
And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.” ’
Lit. smeared over
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