This is what God the LORD says-- he who created the heavens1 and stretched them out, who spread out the earth2 and all that comes out of it,3 who gives breath4 to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
"I, the LORD, have called5 you in righteousness;6 I will take hold of your hand.7 I will keep8 you and will make you to be a covenant9 for the people and a light10 for the Gentiles,117
to open eyes that are blind,12 to free13 captives from prison14 and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.158
"I am the LORD;16 that is my name!17 I will not give my glory to another18 or my praise to idols.199
See, the former things20 have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce21 them to you."