Isaías 44

1 "But now listen, Jacob, my servant, ¶ Israel, whom I have chosen.

2 This is what the LORD says — he who made you, who formed you in the womb, ¶ and who will help you: ¶ Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, ¶ Jeshurun, [^1] whom I have chosen.

3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; ¶ I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, ¶ and my blessing on your descendants.

4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

5 Some will say, 'I belong to the LORD'; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; ¶ still others will write on their hand, 'The LORD's,' ¶ and will take the name Israel.

6 "This is what the LORD says — ¶ Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: ¶ I am the first and I am the last; ¶ apart from me there is no God.

7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me ¶ what has happened since I established my ancient people, ¶ and what is yet to come — ¶ yes, let them foretell what will come.

8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? ¶ You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? ¶ No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."

9 All who make idols are nothing, ¶ and the things they treasure are worthless. ¶ Those who would speak up for them are blind; ¶ they are ignorant, to their own shame.

10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing?

11 People who do that will be put to shame; such craftsmen are only human beings. ¶ Let them all come together and take their stand; ¶ they will be brought down to terror and shame.

12 The blacksmith 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. ¶ He gets hungry and loses his strength; ¶ he drinks no water and grows faint.

13 The carpenter 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, ¶ human form in all its glory, ¶ that it may dwell in a shrine.

14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. ¶ He let it grow among the trees of the forest, ¶ or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.

15 It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, ¶ he kindles a fire and bakes bread. ¶ But he also fashions a god and worships it; ¶ he makes an idol and bows down to it.

16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, ¶ he roasts his meat and eats his fill. ¶ He also warms himself and says, ¶ "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire."

17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. ¶ He prays to it and says, ¶ "Save me! You are my god!"

18 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, ¶ and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, ¶ "Half of it I used for fuel; ¶ I even baked bread over its coals, ¶ I roasted meat and I ate. ¶ Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? ¶ Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"

20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, ¶ "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

21 "Remember these things, Jacob, ¶ for you, Israel, are my servant. ¶ I have made you, you are my servant; ¶ Israel, I will not forget you.

22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. ¶ Return to me, ¶ for I have redeemed you."

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this; ¶ shout aloud, you earth beneath. ¶ Burst into song, you mountains, ¶ you forests and all your trees, ¶ for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, ¶ he displays his glory in Israel.

24 "This is what the LORD says — ¶ your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: ¶ I am the LORD, ¶ the Maker of all things, ¶ who stretches out the heavens, ¶ who spreads out the earth by myself,

25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, ¶ who overthrows the learning of the wise ¶ and turns it into nonsense,

26 who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, ¶ who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' ¶ of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be rebuilt,' ¶ and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'

27 who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,'

28 who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; ¶ he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," ¶ and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid."'