See, I am doing a new thing!1 Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness2 and streams in the wasteland.320
The wild animals4 honor me, the jackals5 and the owls, because I provide water6 in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed7 for myself8 that they may proclaim my praise.922
"Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied10 yourselves fora me, Israel.1123
You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,12 nor honored13 me with your sacrifices.14 I have not burdened15 you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands16 for incense.1724
You have not bought any fragrant calamus18 for me, or lavished on me the fat19 of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied20 me with your offenses.2125
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions,22 for my own sake,23 and remembers your sins24 no more.2526
Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together;26 state the case27 for your innocence.
Your first father28 sinned; those I sent to teach29 you rebelled30 against me.
So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple; I consigned Jacob to destructionb31 and Israel to scorn.32