so that people may see and know,1 may consider and understand,2 that the hand3 of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One4 of Israel has created5 it.
"Present your case,6" says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.722
"Bring in [ your idols] to tell us what is going to happen.8 Tell us what the former things9 were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,1023
tell us what the future holds, so we may know11 that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad,12 so that we will be dismayed13 and filled with fear.
But you are less than nothing14 and your works are utterly worthless;15 he who chooses you is detestable.1625
"I have stirred17 up one from the north,18 and he comes-- one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads19 on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay.
Who told of this from the beginning,20 so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, 'He was right'? No one told of this, no one foretold21 it, no one heard any words22 from you.
I was the first to tell23 Zion, 'Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings.2428
I look but there is no one25-- no one among them to give counsel,26 no one to give answer27 when I ask them.
See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing;28 their images29 are but wind30 and confusion.