44 “But now hear, bO Jacob my servant,
cwho formed you from the womb and will help you:
dFear not, O Jacob my servant,
eJeshurun whom I have chosen.
3 fFor I will pour water on the thirsty land,
glike willows by flowing streams.
5 hThis one will say, ‘I am the Lord's,’
and ihis Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
j“I am the first and I am the last;
lAnd you are my witnesses!
mIs there a God besides me?
There is no nRock; I know not any.”
9 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?”
and Israel, for you are ymy servant;
zO Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
22 aI have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud
23 bSing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
shout, O cdepths of the earth;
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,
iwho turns wise men back
26 jwho confirms the word of his servant
kand of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
27 lwho says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
oand of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
45 Thus says the Lord to phis anointed, to Cyrus,
qwhose right hand I have grasped,
and rto loose the belts of kings,
tI will break in pieces the doors of bronze
3 uI will give you the treasures of darkness
the God of Israel, vwho call you by your name.
vI call you by your name,
wI name you, though you do not know me.
5 xI am the Lord, and there is no other,
yI equip you, though you do not know me,
6 zthat people may know, from the rising of the sun
I make well-being and acreate calamity,
8 b“Shower, O heavens, from above,
and clet the clouds rain down righteousness;
9 d“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
eDoes the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
11 Thus says fthe Lord,
g“Ask me of things to come;
12 jI made the earth
it was my hands kthat stretched out the heavens,
and lI commanded all their host.
13 mI have stirred him up in righteousness,
nand I will make all his ways level;
ohe shall build my city
pand set my exiles free,
q“The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
shall come over to you rand be yours;
15 sTruly, you are a God who hides himself,
16 tAll of them are put to shame and confounded;
uyou shall not be put to shame or confounded
18 vFor thus says the Lord,
he wdid not create it empty,
xhe formed it to be inhabited!):
19 yI did not speak in secret,
I the Lord speak athe truth;
20 b“Assemble yourselves and come;
cThey have no knowledge
who dcarry about their wooden idols,
eand keep on praying to a god
21 fDeclare and present your case;
a righteous God gand a Savior;
hall the ends of the earth!
23 iBy myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in jrighteousness
k‘To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.’6
24 l“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and mstrength;
nall who were incensed against him.
46 oBel bows down; Nebo stoops;
but pthemselves go into captivity.
qwho have been borne by me from before your birth,
4 reven to your old age I am he,
5 s“To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
6 tThose who lavish gold from the purse,
uthen they fall down and worship!
7 vThey lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
wit cannot move from its place.
recall it to mind, xyou transgressors,
10 ydeclaring the end from the beginning
saying, z‘My counsel shall stand,
11 acalling a bird of prey from the east,
bI have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
13 cI bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
dI will put salvation in Zion,
47 eCome down and sit in the dust,
O virgin fdaughter of Babylon;
gsit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of hthe Chaldeans!
iFor you shall no more be called
2 Take the millstones and jgrind flour,
kput off your veil,
4 lOur Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
5 mSit in silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of hthe Chaldeans;
nthe mistress of kingdoms.
6 oI was angry with my people;
pyou showed them no mercy;
7 You said, “I shall be qmistress forever,”
8 Now therefore hear this, qyou lover of pleasures,
rwho sit securely,
s“I am, and there is no one besides me;
tI shall not sit as a widow
9 uThese two things shall come to you
in a moment, vin one day;
win spite of your many sorceries
x“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
yand ruin shall come upon you suddenly,
12 zStand fast in your enchantments
athose who divide the heavens,
14 Behold, bthey are like stubble;
cthe fire consumes them;
dwho are called by the name of Israel,
and ewho came from the waters of Judah,
fwho swear by the name of the Lord
gand stay themselves on the God of Israel;
3 “The former things hI declared of old;
4 Because I know that iyou are obstinate,
5 hI declared them to you from of old,
lest you should say, j‘My idol did them,
From this time forth kI announce to you new things,
and that lfrom before birth you were called a rebel.
9 m“For my name's sake I defer my anger,
10 Behold, I have refined you, nbut not as silver;
11 pFor my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name8 be profaned?
qMy glory I will not give to another.
I am he; rI am the first,
13 My hand slaid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand sspread out the heavens;
twhen I call to them,
uWho among them has declared these things?
vhe shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against wthe Chaldeans.
15 xI, even I, have spoken and called him;
16 yDraw near to me, hear this:
And now zthe Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
18 aOh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
bThen your peace would have been like a river,
19 cyour offspring would have been like the sand,
declare this fwith a shout of joy, proclaim it,
say, g“The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
21 hThey did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
ihe made water flow for them from the rock;
22 j“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”