Amplified Bible

Isaiah 44

The Blessings of Israel

1“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:

This is what the Lord who made you
And formed you from the womb, who will help you says,
‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant;
And Jeshurun (Israel, the upright one) whom I have chosen.

‘For I will pour out water on him who is thirsty,
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;

And they will spring up among the grass
Like willows by the streams of water.’

“One will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’;
And another will name himself after Jacob;
And another will write on his hand, ‘I am the Lord’s,’
And be called by the [honorable] name of Israel.

“For the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts says this,

‘I am the First and I am the Last;
And there is no God besides Me.

‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim it and declare it;
Yes, let him confront Me,
Since I established the people of antiquity.
And let them [those supposed gods] tell those people [who foolishly follow them] the things to come
And the events that are going to take place.

‘Do not tremble nor be afraid [of the violent upheavals to come];
Have I not long ago proclaimed it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
There is no other Rock;
I know of none.’”

The Folly of Idolatry

All who make carved idols are nothing. Their precious objects are worthless [to them], and their own witnesses (worshipers) fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10 Who has made a god or cast an idol which is profitable for nothing? 11 In fact, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble, let them stand up, let them be terrified, let them together be put to shame.

12 The ironsmith shapes iron and uses a chisel and works it over the coals. He forms the [idol’s] core with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He also becomes hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and grows tired. 13 The carpenter stretches out a measuring line, he marks out the shape [of the idol] with red chalk; he works it with planes and outlines it with the compass; and he makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, that it may sit in a house. 14 He cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and lets it grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it becomes fuel for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also kindles a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god [from the same wood] and worships it. He makes it into a carved idol [with his own hands] and falls down and worships it! 16 He burns half of the wood in the fire; over this half he [cooks and] eats meat, he roasts meat and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.” 17 But from what is left of the wood he makes a god, his carved idol. He falls down before it, he worships it and prays to it and says, “Save me, for you are my god.”

18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for God has muddied their eyes so that they cannot see, and their hearts (minds) as well so that they cannot understand. 19 No one remembers, nor has knowledge and understanding [enough] to say [to himself], “I have burned half of this log in the fire, and also baked bread on its coals and have roasted meat and eaten it. Then I make the rest of it into an repulsive thing [to God]; I bow down [to worship] before a block of wood!” 20 That kind of man (the idolater) feeds on ashes [and is satisfied with ashes]! A deceived mind has led him astray, so that he cannot save himself, or ask, “Is this thing [that I am holding] in my right hand not a lie?”

God Forgives and Redeems

21 
“Remember [the foolishness of] these things, O Jacob
And Israel, for you are My servant!
I formed you, you are My servant;
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.
22 
“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a heavy mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23 
Shout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout in triumph, you depths of the earth;
Break forth into jubilant rejoicing, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
And He shows His glory in Israel.

24 For the Lord, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb says this,

“I am the Lord, Maker of all things,
Who alone stretches out the heavens,
Who spreads out the earth [a]by Myself,
25 
Frustrating the signs and confounding the omens of boasters (false prophets),
Making fools out of [b]fortune-tellers,
Counteracting the wise
And making their knowledge ridiculous,
26 
Confirming the word of His servant
And carrying out the plan of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall [again] be inhabited!’
And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall [again] be built.’
And I will raise up and restore her ruins.
27 
It is I who says to the deep, ‘Be dried up!’
And I will make your rivers dry.
28 
It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd (ruler),
And he will carry out all that I desire—’
Saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall [again] be built,’
And of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall [again] be laid.’”

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 44:24 Lit who was with Me?
  2. Isaiah 44:25 The Hebrew is a synonym of diviner, referring to people who claimed to tell the future by such methods as casting lots and examining the livers of certain animals.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 44

以色列蒙揀選

1「我的僕人雅各,
我所揀選的以色列啊,
現在你要留心聽。
造你、使你在母胎中成形、
幫助你的耶和華說,
『我的僕人雅各,
我所揀選的耶書崙[a]啊,
不要害怕。
我要用水澆灌乾渴之地,
使河流滋潤乾旱之土。
我要用我的靈澆灌你的後裔,
使我的福澤臨到你的子孫。
他們要滋長如青草,
又如溪旁楊柳。』
這個說,『我屬於耶和華』,
那個說,『我是雅各的子孫』,
還有人手上寫著,『耶和華之民』,
稱自己屬於以色列。

「耶和華,以色列的君王和救贖主,
萬軍之耶和華說,
『我是首先的,我是末後的,
除我以外再沒有真神。
誰能與我相比?讓他告訴我。
自從我設立這古老的民族以來所發生的事和將要發生的事,
讓他告訴我。
不要恐懼,不要害怕,
我不是早已告訴過你們嗎?
你們是我的證人。
除我以外還有真神嗎?
沒有,沒有別的磐石,
一個也沒有。』」

製造偶像的真是無用,他們珍愛的偶像毫無價值。拜神像的人目盲眼瞎,愚昧無知,自找羞辱。 10 製造神像、雕刻無益偶像的是誰? 11 看啊,製造神像的工匠不過是人,他們必羞愧。讓他們一起來對質吧,他們必恐懼、羞愧。 12 鐵匠把鐵塊放在炭火裡燒,用他強壯的臂膀揮動鐵錘把它打成偶像。他饑餓時就會無力,口渴時就會疲乏。 13 木匠拉線測量木料,用筆勾出形狀,用圓規畫出模樣,仿照人的樣子用鑿子做成逼真的神像,放在廟宇裡。 14 他砍伐香柏木,或從林中選取柏木和橡木。他栽種松樹,雨水使它長大。 15 這樹可以用來作燃料,他取一些木料生火取暖、烤餅,又製成神像來祭拜,雕成偶像來叩拜。 16 他用一半木頭烤肉,飽餐一頓,並用火取暖,說:「啊!我這裡有火,真暖和。」 17 他用另一半木頭造了一個神,一個偶像,向它俯伏叩拜、禱告說:「你是我的神明,求你拯救我。」 18 他們愚昧無知,因為眼睛被封住以致看不見,心竅被塞住以致不明白。 19 他們無人思想,無人明白,無人醒悟說:「我用一半木頭當柴烤餅、烤肉吃,我豈能用另一半木頭造可憎的神像?我豈能向一塊木頭叩拜?」 20 他們以灰為食,心智迷糊,走入歧途,不能自救,也不會說:「我右手拿的神像不是假的嗎?」

耶和華救贖以色列

21 「雅各啊,以色列啊,
要記住這些事,
因為你是我的僕人。
我造了你,你是我的僕人;
以色列啊,我不會忘記你。
22 我除去了你的過犯和罪惡,
使它們如雲霧消散。
歸向我吧,因為我救贖了你。」
23 諸天啊,歌唱吧!
因為耶和華成就了這事。
地的深處啊,歡呼吧!
眾山嶺和林中的樹木啊,
你們都要歌唱!
因為耶和華救贖了雅各,
在以色列彰顯了祂的榮耀。
24 在母腹中造你、救贖你的耶和華說:
「我是創造萬物的耶和華,
我獨自鋪展穹蒼,開闢大地。
25 我使假先知的預兆無法應驗,
使占卜者醜態百出;
我顛覆智者的知識,
使之愚不可及。
26 我使我僕人的話應驗,
使我使者的計劃成就。
我說耶路撒冷必有人居住,
我說猶大的城邑必重建起來,
從廢墟中重建起來。
27 我對深海說,『枯乾吧!
我要使你的河流乾涸』;
28 我說塞魯士是我的牧人,
他必完成我的旨意,
他會下令重建耶路撒冷,
降旨奠定聖殿的根基。

Notas al pie

  1. 44·2 耶書崙」是以色列的暱稱。