44 1Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel, who I have chosen:
2Thus saith Jehovah that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, who
will help thee: Fear not, O Jacob my servant; and thou, Jeshurun, whom I have
3For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and streams upon
the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon
4and they shall spring up among the grass, as willows by
5One shall say, I am Jehovah's; and another shall call
himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his
hand unto Jehovah, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
6Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of
hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God.
7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for
me, since I established the ancient people? and the things that are coming,
and that shall come to pass, let them declare.
8Fear ye not, neither be
afraid: have I not declared unto thee of old, and showed it? and ye are my
witnesses. Is there a God besides me? yea, there is no Rock; I know not any.
9They that fashion a graven image are all of them vanity; and the things
that they delight in shall not profit; and their own witnesses see not, nor
know: that they may be put to shame.
10Who hath fashioned a god, or
molten an image that is profitable for nothing?
11Behold, all his fellows
shall be put to shame; and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be
gathered together, let them stand up; they shall fear, they shall be put to
12The smith maketh an axe, and worketh in the
coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with his strong arm:
yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth; he drinketh no water, and is
13The carpenter stretcheth out a line; he marketh it out with a
pencil; he shapeth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compasses,
and shapeth it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man,
to dwell in a house.
14He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the
holm-tree and the oak, and strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of
the forest: he planteth a fir-tree, and the rain doth nourish it.
shall it be for a man to burn; and he taketh thereof, and warmeth himself;
yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread: yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth
it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth
roast, and is satisfied; yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm,
I have seen the fire.
17And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his
graven image; he falleth down unto it and worshippeth, and prayeth unto it,
and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
18They know not, neither do
they consider: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their
hearts, that they cannot understand.
19And none calleth to mind, neither
is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the
fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted
flesh and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination?
shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20He feedeth on ashes; a
deceived heart hath turned him aside; and he cannot deliver his soul, nor
say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
21Remember these things, O
Jacob, and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my
servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
22I have blotted
out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return
unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
23Sing, O ye heavens, for Jehovah hath
done it; shout, ye lower parts of the earth; break forth into singing, ye
mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for Jehovah hath redeemed Jacob,
and will glorify himself in Israel.
24Thus saith Jehovah, thy Redeemer,
and he that formed thee from the womb: I am Jehovah, that maketh all things;
that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth (who
is with me?);
25that frustrateth the signs of the liars, and maketh
diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge
26that confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the
counsel of his messengers; that saith of Jerusalem, She shall be inhabited;
and of the cities of Judah, They shall be built, and I will raise up the
waste places thereof;
27that saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up
28That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall
perform all my pleasure, even saying of Jerusalem, She shall be built; and of
the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.