Isaiah 44:1-10 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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You are my witnesses

1 But now hear this, Jacob my servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen. 2 The LORD your maker, who formed you in the womb and will help you, says: Don't fear, my servant Jacob, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 I will pour out water upon thirsty ground and streams upon dry land. I will pour out my spirit upon your descendants and my blessing upon your offspring. 4 They will spring up from among the reeds like willows by flowing streams. 5 This one will say, "I am the LORD's," and that one will be named after Jacob. Another will write on his hand, "The LORD's" and will take the name Israel. 6 The LORD, Israel's king and redeemer, the LORD of heavenly forces, says: I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there are no gods. 7 Who is like me? Let them speak up, explain it, and lay it out for me. Who announced long ago what is to be?a Let them tell usb what is to come. 8 Don't tremble; have no fear! Didn't I proclaim it? Didn't I inform you long ago? You are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no other rock; I know of none.

Idol-makers mocked

9 Idol-makers are all as nothing; their playthings do no good. Their promoters neither see nor know anything, so they ought to be ashamed. 10 Who would form a god or cast an idol that does no good?
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