Isaiah 44:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 They know nothing, they understand1 nothing; their eyes2 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 understanding3 to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;4 I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable5 thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"6 20 He feeds on ashes,7 a deluded8 heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?910" 21 "Remember11 these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel.12 I have made you, you are my servant;13 O Israel, I will not forget you.14 22 I have swept away15 your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return16 to me, for I have redeemed17 you." 23 Sing for joy,18 O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth19 beneath. Burst into song, you mountains,20 you forests and all your trees,21 for the LORD has redeemed22 Jacob, he displays his glory23 in Israel.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 "This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,24 who formed25 you in the womb:26 I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens,27 who spread out the earth28 by myself, 25 who foils29 the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners,30 who overthrows the learning of the wise31 and turns it into nonsense,32 26 who carries out the words33 of his servants and fulfills34 the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem,35 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins,36 'I will restore them,'37 27 who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up38 your streams,' 28 who says of Cyrus,39 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem,40 "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple,41 "Let its foundations42 be laid." '
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