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Isaiah 44

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God comforts the church with his promises.

44:1 Yet listen now, Jacob my servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen.

44:2 This is what Yahweh who made you,
and formed you from the womb,
who will help you says:

“Don’t be afraid, Jacob my servant;
and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
and streams on the dry ground.
I will pour my Spirit on your seed,
and my blessing on your offspring:

44:4 and they will spring up among the grass,
as willows by the watercourses.

44:5 One will say, ‘I am Yahweh’s;’
and another will be called by the name of Jacob;
and another will write with his hand ‘to Yahweh,’
and honor the name of Israel.”

44:6 This is what Yahweh, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies, says:

“I am the first, and I am the last;
and besides me there is no God.

The vanity of idols,

44:7 Who is like me?
Who will call,
and will declare it,
and set it in order for me,
since I established the ancient people?
Let them declare the things that are coming,
and that will happen.

44:8 Don’t fear, neither be afraid.
Haven’t I declared it to you long ago, and shown it?
You are my witnesses.
Is there a God besides me?
Indeed, there is not.
I don’t know any other Rock.”

and folly of idol makers.

44:9 Everyone who makes an engraved image is vain.
The things that they delight in will not profit.
Their own witnesses don’t see, nor know,
that they may be disappointed.

44:10 Who has fashioned a god,
or molds an image that is profitable for nothing?

44:11 Behold, all his fellows will be disappointed;
and the workmen are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together.
Let them stand up.
They will fear.
They will be put to shame together.

44:12 The blacksmith takes an axe,
works in the coals,
fashions it with hammers,
and works it with his strong arm.
He is hungry,
and his strength fails;
he drinks no water,
and is faint.

44:13 The carpenter stretches out a line.
He marks it out with a pencil.
He shapes it with planes.
He marks it out with compasses,
and shapes it like the figure of a man,
with the beauty of a man,
to reside in a house.

44:14 He cuts down cedars for himself,
and takes the cypress and the oak,
and strengthens for himself
one among the trees of the forest.
He plants a fir tree,
and the rain nourishes it.

44:15 Then it will be for a man to burn;
and he takes some of it, and warms himself.
Yes, he burns it, and bakes bread.
Yes, he makes a god, and worships it;
he makes it an engraved image, and falls down to it.

44:16 He burns part of it in the fire.
With part of it, he eats meat.
He roasts a roast, and is satisfied.
Yes, he warms himself,
and says, “Aha! I am warm. I have seen the fire.

44:17 The rest of it he makes into a god,
even his engraved image.
He bows down to it and worships,
and prays to it, and says, “Deliver me; for you are my god!

44:18 They don’t know, neither do they consider:
for he has shut their eyes, that they can’t see;
and their hearts, that they can’t understand.

44:19 No one thinks, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say,

“I have burned part of it in the fire.
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals.
I have roasted meat and eaten it.
Shall I make the rest of it into an abomination?
Shall I bow down to a tree trunk?”

44:20 He feeds on ashes.
A deceived heart has turned him aside;
and he can’t deliver his soul,
nor say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?

He exhorts to praise God for his redemption and omnipotency.

44:21 Remember these things, Jacob and Israel;
for you are my servant.
I have formed you.
You are my servant.
Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.

44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud,
your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins.
Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

44:23 Sing, you heavens, for Yahweh has done it!
Shout, you lower parts of the earth!
Break out into singing, you mountains, O forest, all of your trees,
for Yahweh has redeemed Jacob,
and will glorify himself in Israel.

44:24 Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, and he who formed you from the womb:

“I am Yahweh, who makes all things;
who alone stretches out the heavens;
who spreads out the earth by myself;

44:25 who frustrates the signs of the liars,
and makes diviners mad;
who turns wise men backward,
and makes their knowledge foolish;

44:26 who confirms the word of his servant,
and performs the counsel of his messengers;
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited;’
and of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be built,’
and ‘I will raise up its waste places;’

44:27 who says to the deep, ‘Be dry,’
and ‘I will dry up your rivers;’

44:28 Who says of Cyrus,
He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure,’
even saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built;’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”

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