Isaiah 44:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.1 He prays2 to it and says, "Save3 me; you are my god." 18 They know nothing, they understand4 nothing; their eyes5 are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. 19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding6 to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;7 I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable8 thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"9 20 He feeds on ashes,10 a deluded11 heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?1213" 21 "Remember14 these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel.15 I have made you, you are my servant;16 O Israel, I will not forget you.17 22 I have swept away18 your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return19 to me, for I have redeemed20 you." 23 Sing for joy,21 O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth22 beneath. Burst into song, you mountains,23 you forests and all your trees,24 for the LORD has redeemed25 Jacob, he displays his glory26 in Israel.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 "This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,27 who formed28 you in the womb:29 I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens,30 who spread out the earth31 by myself, 25 who foils32 the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners,33 who overthrows the learning of the wise34 and turns it into nonsense,35 26 who carries out the words36 of his servants and fulfills37 the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem,38 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins,39 'I will restore them,'40 27 who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up41 your streams,'
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