Who then is like me?24 Let them proclaim it. Let them declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come-- yes, let them foretell25 what will come.
The blacksmith37 takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm.38 He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.39
The carpenter40 measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form,41 human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.42
No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding53 to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;54 I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable55 thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"56
Sing for joy,68 you heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, you earth69 beneath. Burst into song, you mountains,70 you forests and all your trees,71 for the LORD has redeemed72 Jacob, he displays his glory73 in Israel.
who carries out the words83 of his servants and fulfills84 the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem,85 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be rebuilt,' and of their ruins,86 'I will restore them,'87