Isaiah 44:1-9 (New International Version)

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Israel the Chosen

1 "But now listen, O Jacob, my servant,1 Israel, whom I have chosen.2 2 This is what the LORD says-- he who made3 you, who formed you in the womb,4 and who will help5 you: Do not be afraid,6 O Jacob, my servant,7 Jeshurun,8 whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water9 on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;10 I will pour out my Spirit11 on your offspring, and my blessing12 on your descendants.13 4 They will spring up like grass14 in a meadow, like poplar trees15 by flowing streams.16 5 One will say, 'I belong17 to the LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand,18 'The LORD's,'19 and will take the name Israel.

The Lord,= Not Idols

6 "This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King20 and Redeemer,21 the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last;22 apart from me there is no God.23 7 Who then is like me?24 Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come-- yes, let him foretell25 what will come. 8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim26 this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God27 besides me? No, there is no other Rock;28 I know not one." 9 All who make idols29 are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.30 Those who would speak up for them are blind;31 they are ignorant, to their own shame.32
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