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1 “But now listen, O Jacob, My aservant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
‘cDo not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you dJeshurun whom I have chosen.
And streams on the dry ground;
And My blessing on your descendants;
4 And they will spring up 1among the grass
Like apoplars by streams of water.’
And that one 1will call on the name of Jacob;
And will name Israel’s name with honor.
‘I am the cfirst and I am the last,
And there is no God dbesides Me.
7 ‘Who is like Me? aLet him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
aHave I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And byou are My witnesses.
Is there any God cbesides Me,
Or is there any other dRock?
I know of none.’ ”
11 Behold, all his companions will be aput 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.
12 The aman shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, 1fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and 2his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.
13 aAnother 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 bman, so that it may sit in a chouse.
15 Then 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 amakes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and bfalls down before it.
19 No one 1recalls, nor is there aknowledge 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 2I make the rest of it into an babomination, 3I fall down before a block of wood!”
21 “aRemember these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are bMy servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant,
O Israel, you will cnot be forgotten by Me.
22 “I have awiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a 1heavy mist.
23 aShout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
bBreak forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it;
For cthe Lord has redeemed Jacob
And in Israel He dshows forth His glory.
“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,
cStretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth 1all alone,
2Making fools out of diviners,
bCausing wise men to draw back
And 3turning their knowledge into foolishness,
26 aConfirming the word of His servant
And 1performing the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And I will raise up her ruins again.
And I will make your rivers adry.
28 “It is I who says of aCyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.’
And of the temple, ‘2Your foundation will be laid.’ ”
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