"See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,1 new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains2 and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.316
You will winnow4 them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale5 will blow them away.6 But you will rejoice7 in the LORD and glory8 in the Holy One9 of Israel.
"The poor and needy search for water,10 but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.11 But I the LORD will answer12 them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake13 them.
I will make rivers flow14 on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert15 into pools of water,16 and the parched ground into springs.1719
I will put in the desert18 the cedar and the acacia,19 the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines20 in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress21 together,2220
so that people may see and know,23 may consider and understand,24 that the hand25 of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One26 of Israel has created27 it.
"Present your case,28" says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.2922
"Bring in [ your idols] to tell us what is going to happen.30 Tell us what the former things31 were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,3223
tell us what the future holds, so we may know33 that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad,34 so that we will be dismayed35 and filled with fear.
But you are less than nothing36 and your works are utterly worthless;37 he who chooses you is detestable.3825
"I have stirred39 up one from the north,40 and he comes-- one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads41 on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay.