I will put in the desert1 the cedar and the acacia,2 the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines3 in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress4 together,520
so that people may see and know,6 may consider and understand,7 that the hand8 of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One9 of Israel has created10 it.
"Present your case,11" says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.1222
"Bring in [ your idols] to tell us what is going to happen.13 Tell us what the former things14 were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,1523
tell us what the future holds, so we may know16 that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad,17 so that we will be dismayed18 and filled with fear.
But you are less than nothing19 and your works are utterly worthless;20 he who chooses you is detestable.2125
"I have stirred22 up one from the north,23 and he comes-- one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads24 on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay.
Who told of this from the beginning,25 so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, 'He was right'? No one told of this, no one foretold26 it, no one heard any words27 from you.
I was the first to tell28 Zion, 'Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings.2928
I look but there is no one30-- no one among them to give counsel,31 no one to give answer32 when I ask them.
See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing;33 their images34 are but wind35 and confusion.