"But nowlisten, O Jacob, My 1servant, And Israel, whom I have chosen:
2Thussays the LORD who made you And 2formed you from the womb, who 3will help you, '4Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you 5Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
'For 6I will pour out water on athe thirsty land And streams on the dryground; I will 7pour out My Spirit on your 8offspring And My blessing on your descendants;
And they will spring up bamong the grass Like 9poplars by streams of water.'
5"Thisone will say, 'I am the LORD'S '; And that onecwill call on the name of Jacob; And another will 10writedon his hand, 'Belonging to the LORD,' And will nameIsrael'sname with honor.
6"Thussays the LORD, the 11King of Israel and his 12Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the 13first and I am the last, And there is noGod14besides Me.
7'Who is like Me? 15Let him proclaim and declare it; Yes, let him recount it to Me in order, eFrom the time that I established the ancientfnation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming And the events that are going to takeplace.
'Do not tremble and do not be afraid; 16Have I not longsinceannounced it to you and declared it? And 17you are My witnesses. Is thereanyGod18besides Me, Or is there any other 19Rock? I know of none.' "
Those who fashionga gravenimage are all of them futile, and their preciousthings are of noprofit; even their own witnessesfail to see or know, so that they will be 20put to shame.
10Who has fashioned a god or casthan idol to 21noprofit?
11Behold, all his companions will be 22put to shame, for the craftsmenthemselves are meremen. Let them allassemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.
The 23man shapesiron into a cuttingtool and does his work over the coals, ifashioning it with hammers and working it with his strongarm. He alsogetshungry and jhis strengthfails; he drinksnowater and becomesweary.
1324Another shapeswood, he extends a measuringline; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of 25man, so that it may sit in a 26house.
Surely he cutscedars for himself, and takes a kcypress or an oak and lraises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rainmakes it grow.
Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he alsomakes a fire to bakebread. He also27makes a god and worships it; he makes it a gravenimage and 28fallsdown before it.
16Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eatsmeat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He alsowarms himself and says, "Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire."
But the rest of it he 29makes into a god, his gravenimage. He fallsdown before it and worships; he also 30prays to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god."
They do not 31know, nor do they understand, for He has 32smearedover their eyesso that they cannotsee and their heartsso that they cannotcomprehend.
19No one mrecalls , nor is there 33knowledge or understanding to say, "I have burnedhalf of it in the fire and also have bakedbreadover its coals. I roastmeat and eat it. Then nI make the rest of it into an 34abomination, oI falldown before a block of wood!"
He p35feeds on ashes; a 36deceivedheart has turned him aside. And he cannotdeliverqhimself, norsay, "37Is there not a lie in my righthand?"
"38Rememberthesethings, O Jacob, And Israel, for you are 39My servant; I have formed you, you are My servant, O Israel, you will 40not be forgotten by Me.
"I have 41wiped out your transgressions like a thickcloud And your sins like a rheavymist. 42Return to Me, for I have 43redeemed you."
2344Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shoutjoyfully, you lowerparts of the earth; 45Breakforth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and everytree in it; For 46the LORD has redeemedJacob And in Israel He 47shows forth His glory.
24Thussays the LORD, your 48Redeemer, and the one who 49formed you from the womb, "I, the LORD, am the maker of allthings, 50Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earthsallalone ,
2551Causing the tomens of boasters to fail, uMakingfools out of diviners, 52Causing wisemen to drawback And vturning their knowledge into foolishness,
2653Confirming the word of His servant And wperforming the purpose of His messengers. It is I who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited!' And of the 54cities of Judah, '55They shall be built.' And I will raise up her ruins again.
"It is I who says to the depth of the sea, 'Be dried up!' And I will make your rivers56dry.
"It is I who says of 57Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd! And he will performall My desire.' And xhe declares of Jerusalem, '58She will be built,' And of the temple, 'yYour foundation will be laid.' "