God created the heavens and stretched them out; 1 he fashioned the earth and all that lives there; he gave life and breath to all its people. And now the Lord God says to his servant,
"I, the Lord, have called you and given you power 2 to see that justice is done on earth. Through you I will make a covenant with all peoples; through you I will bring light to the nations.
You will open the eyes of the blind and set free those who sit in dark prisons.
"I alone am the Lord your God. No other god may share my glory; I will not let idols share my praise.
The things I predicted have now come true. Now I will tell you of new things even before they begin to happen."
Sing a new song to the Lord; sing his praise, all the world! Praise him, you that sail the sea; praise him, all creatures of the sea! Sing, distant lands and all who live there!
Let the desert and its towns praise God; let the people of Kedar praise him! Let those who live in the city of Sela shout for joy from the tops of the mountains!
Let those who live in distant lands give praise and glory to the Lord!
The Lord goes out to fight like a warrior; he is ready and eager for battle. He gives a war cry, a battle shout; he shows his power against his enemies.
God says, "For a long time I kept silent; I did not answer my people. But now the time to act has come; I cry out like a woman in labor.
I will destroy the hills and mountains and dry up the grass and trees. I will turn the river valleys into deserts and dry up the pools of water.