The Blessings of Israel
1 "But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, R1738
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
2 Thus says the LORD who made you
And formed R1739 you from the womb, who will R1740 help you,
`Do R1741 not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you Jeshurun R1742 whom I have chosen.
3 `For I R1743 will pour out water on the F629 thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour R1744 out My Spirit on your offspring R1745
And My blessing on your descendants;
4 And they will spring up among F630 the grass
Like poplars R1746 by streams of water.'
5 "This one will say, `I am the LORD'S';
And that one will F631 call on the name of Jacob;
And another will write R1747 on F632 his hand, `Belonging to the LORD,'
And will name Israel's name with honor.
6 "Thus says the LORD, the King R1748 of Israel and his Redeemer, R1749 the LORD of hosts:
`I am the first R1750 and I am the last,
And there is no God besides R1751 Me.
7 `Who is like Me? Let R1752 him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
From F633 the time that I established the ancient nation. F634
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
8 `Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have R1753 I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you R1754 are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides R1755 Me,
Or is there any other Rock? R1756
I know of none.' "
The Folly of Idolatry
9 Those who fashion a F635 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 put R1757 to shame. 10 Who has fashioned a god or cast an F636 idol to no R1758 profit? 11 Behold, all his companions will be put R1759 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 man R1760 shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning F637 it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his F638 strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. 13 Another R1761 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 man, R1762 so that it may sit in a house. R1763 14 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress F639 or an oak and raises F640 it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow. 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 makes R1764 a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls R1765 down before it. 16 Half 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." 17 But the rest of it he makes R1766 into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays R1767 to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god."
18 They do not know, R1768 nor do they understand, for He has smeared R1769 over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19 No one recalls, F641 nor is there knowledge R1770 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 I F642 make the rest of it into an abomination, R1771 I F643 fall down before a block of wood!" 20 He feeds R1772 F644 on ashes; a deceived R1773 heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, F645 nor say, "Is R1774 there not a lie in my right hand?"
God Forgives and Redeems
21 "Remember R1775 these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My R1776 servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant,
O Israel, you will not R1777 be forgotten by Me.
22 "I have wiped R1778 out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a heavy F646 mist.
Return R1779 to Me, for I have redeemed R1780 you."
23 Shout R1781 for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!
Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
Break R1782 forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it;
For the R1783 LORD has redeemed Jacob
And in Israel He shows R1784 forth His glory.
24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, R1785 and the one who formed R1786 you from the womb,
"I, the LORD, am the maker of all things,
Stretching R1787 out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth all F647 alone,
25 Causing R1788 the omens F648 of boasters to fail,
Making F649 fools out of diviners,
Causing R1789 wise men to draw back
And turning F650 their knowledge into foolishness,
26 Confirming R1790 the word of His servant
And performing F651 the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, `She shall be inhabited!'
And of the cities R1791 of Judah, `They R1792 shall be built.'
And I will raise up her ruins again.
27 "It is I who says to the depth of the sea, `Be dried up!'
And I will make your rivers dry. R1793
28 "It is I who says of Cyrus, R1794 `He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.'
And he F652 declares of Jerusalem, `She R1795 will be built,'
And of the temple, `Your F653 foundation will be laid.' "
F629: Or him who is thirsty
F630: Another reading is like grass among the waters
F631: Another reading is will be called by the name of Jacob
F632: Or with
F633: Lit From My establishing of
F634: Or people
F635: Or an idol
F636: Or a graven image
F637: Lit and fashions
F638: Lit there is no strength
F639: Or holm-oak
F640: Lit makes strong
F641: Lit returns to his heart
F642: Or shall I make?
F643: Or shall I fall...?
F644: Or is a companion of ashes
F645: Lit his soul
F646: Or cloud
F647: Or who was with Me?
F648: Lit signs
F649: Lit He makes
F650: Lit He turns
F651: Lit He performs
F652: Lit to say
F653: Lit You will be founded
R1738: Isaiah 41:8; Jeremiah 30:10; 46:27,28
R1739: Isaiah 44:21,24
R1740: Isaiah 41:10
R1741: Isaiah 43:5
R1742: Deuteronomy 32:15; 33:5,26
R1743: Isaiah 41:17; Ezekiel 34:26; Joel 3:18
R1744: Isaiah 32:15; Joel 2:28
R1745: Isaiah 61:9; 65:23
R1746: Leviticus 23:40; Job 1:40:22
R1747: Exodus 13:9; Nehemiah 9:38
R1748: Isaiah 41:21; 43:15
R1749: Isaiah 41:14; 43:1,14
R1750: Isaiah 41:4; 43:10; 48:12; Revelation 1:8,17; 22:13
R1751: Isaiah 43:11; 44:8; 45:5,6,21
R1752: Isaiah 41:22,26
R1753: Isaiah 42:9; 48:5
R1754: Isaiah 43:10
R1755: Deuteronomy 4:35,39; 1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 45:5; Joel 2:27
R1756: Isaiah 17:10; 26:4; 30:29
R1757: Psalms 97:7; Isaiah 42:17; 44:11; 45:16
R1758: Isaiah 41:29; Jeremiah 10:5; Habakkuk 2:18; Acts 19:26
R1759: Psalms 97:7; Isaiah 42:17; 44:9; 45:16
R1760: Isaiah 40:19,20; 41:6,7; 46:6,7; Jeremiah 10:3-5; Habakkuk 2:18
R1761: Isaiah 41:7
R1762: Psalms 115:5-7
R1763: Judges 17:4,5; Ezekiel 8:10,11
R1764: Isaiah 44:17
R1765: 2 Chronicles 25:14
R1766: Isaiah 44:15
R1767: 1 Kings 18:26,28; Isaiah 45:20
R1768: Isaiah 1:3; Jeremiah 10:8,14
R1769: Psalms 81:12; Isaiah 6:9,10; 29:10
R1770: Isaiah 5:13; 44:18,19; 45:20
R1771: Deuteronomy 27:15; 1 Kings 11:5,7; 2 Kings 23:13,14
R1772: Psalms 102:9
R1773: Job 1:15:31; Hosea 4:12; Romans 1:21,22; 2 Thessalonians 2:11; 2 Timothy 3:13
R1774: Isaiah 57:11; 59:3,4,13; Romans 1:25
R1775: Isaiah 46:8; Zechariah 10:9
R1776: Isaiah 44:1,2
R1777: Isaiah 49:15
R1778: Psalms 51:1,9; Isaiah 43:25; Acts 3:19
R1779: Isaiah 31:6; 55:7
R1780: Isaiah 43:1; 48:20; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18,19
R1781: Psalms 69:34; 96:11,12; Isaiah 42:10; 49:13
R1782: Psalms 98:7,8; 148:7,9; Isaiah 55:12
R1783: Isaiah 43:1
R1784: Isaiah 49:3; 61:3
R1785: Isaiah 41:14; 43:14
R1786: Isaiah 44:2
R1787: Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 45:12,18; 51:13
R1788: Isaiah 47:13
R1789: 2 Samuel 15:31; Job 1:5:12-14; Psalms 33:10; Isaiah 29:14; Jeremiah 51:57; 1 Corinthians 1:20,27
R1790: Zechariah 1:6; Matthew 5:18
R1791: Isaiah 40:9
R1792: Jeremiah 32:15,44
R1793: Isaiah 42:15; 50:2; Jeremiah 50:38; 51:36
R1794: Isaiah 45:1
R1795: 2 Chronicles 36:22,23; Ezra 1:1; Isaiah 14:32; 45:13; 54:11