"1Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all2the remnant of the house of Israel, You who have been 3borne by Me from abirth And have been carried from the womb;
Even to your oldage4I bwill be the same, And even to your c5grayingyears I will bear you! I have ddone it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
"6To whom would you liken Me And make Me equal and compare Me, That we would be alike?
"Those who 7lavishgold from the purse And weighsilver on the scaleHire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god; They 8bowdown, indeed they worship it.
"They 9lift it upon the shoulder and carry it; They set it in its place and it stands there. 10It does not move from its place. Though one may cry to it, it 11cannotanswer; It 12cannotdeliver him from his distress.
"13Rememberthis, and be eassured; 14Recall it to fmind, you 15transgressors.
9"Remember the 16formerthingslongpast, For I am God, and there is 17noother; I am God, and there is 18noonelike Me,
10Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancienttimes things which have not been done, Saying, '19My purpose will be established, And I will accomplishall My goodpleasure ';
11Calling a 20bird of prey from the 21east, The man of gMy purpose from a farcountry. Truly I have 22spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.
"23Listen to Me, you 24stubborn-minded , Who are 25far from righteousness.
"I 26bringnear My righteousness, it is not far off; And My salvation will not delay. And I will grant27salvation in Zion, And My 28glory for Israel.