Isaiah 44:24-28

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,

“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,
Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth [a]all alone,
Causing the [b]omens of boasters to fail,
[c]Making fools out of diviners,
Causing wise men to draw back
And [d]turning their knowledge into foolishness,
Confirming the word of His servant
And [e]performing the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’
And I will raise up her ruins again.
It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’
And I will make your rivers dry.
It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.’
And [f]he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’
And of the temple, ‘[g]Your foundation will be laid.’”


Footnotes
  1. Isaiah 44:24 Or who was with Me?
  2. Isaiah 44:25 Lit signs
  3. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He makes
  4. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He turns
  5. Isaiah 44:26 Lit He performs
  6. Isaiah 44:28 Lit to say
  7. Isaiah 44:28 Lit You will be founded

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Isaiah 45

God Uses Cyrus

Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him
And [a]to loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you and make the [b]rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
“I will give you the [c]treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
“For the sake of Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have not known Me.
“I am the Lord, and there is no other;
Besides Me there is no God.
I will [d]gird you, though you have not known Me;
That [e]men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing [f]well-being and creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these.

God’s Supreme Power

“Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to the one who quarrels with his [g]Maker—
An earthenware vessel [h]among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the [i]potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
“Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to a woman, ‘To what are you [j]giving birth?’”

Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his [k]Maker:

[l]Ask Me about the things to come [m]concerning My sons,
And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.
“It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.
I stretched out the heavens with My hands
And I [n]ordained all their host.
“I have aroused him in righteousness
And I will make all his ways smooth;
He will build My city and will let My exiles go free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.

Thus says the Lord,

“The [o]products of Egypt and the merchandise of [p]Cush
And the Sabeans, men of stature,
Will come over to you and will be yours;
They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains
And will bow down to you;
They will make supplication to you:
[q]Surely, God is [r]with you, and there is none else,
No other God.’”
Truly, You are a God who hides Himself,
O God of Israel, Savior!
They will be put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.

For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it [s]a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited),

“I am the Lord, and there is none else.
“I have not spoken in secret,
In [t]some dark land;
I did not say to the [u]offspring of Jacob,
‘Seek Me in [v]a waste place’;
I, the Lord, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are upright.

“Gather yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
They have no knowledge,
Who carry about [w]their wooden idol
And pray to a god who cannot save.
“Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Savior;
There is none except Me.
“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
“I have sworn by Myself,
The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
“They will say of Me, ‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’
Men will come to Him,
And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
“In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
Will be justified and will glory.”


Footnotes
  1. Isaiah 45:1 Lit I will loose
  2. Isaiah 45:2 Another reading is mountains
  3. Isaiah 45:3 Or hoarded treasures
  4. Isaiah 45:5 Or arm
  5. Isaiah 45:6 Lit they
  6. Isaiah 45:7 Or peace
  7. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  8. Isaiah 45:9 Lit with
  9. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  10. Isaiah 45:10 Lit in labor pains with
  11. Isaiah 45:11 Lit Fashioner
  12. Isaiah 45:11 Or Will you ask
  13. Isaiah 45:11 Or upon
  14. Isaiah 45:12 Or commanded
  15. Isaiah 45:14 Lit labor
  16. Isaiah 45:14 Or Ethiopia
  17. Isaiah 45:14 Or God is with you alone
  18. Isaiah 45:14 Or in
  19. Isaiah 45:18 Or in vain
  20. Isaiah 45:19 Lit a place of a land of darkness
  21. Isaiah 45:19 Lit seed
  22. Isaiah 45:19 Or vain
  23. Isaiah 45:20 Lit the wood of their graven image

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Isaiah 46

Babylon’s Idols and the True God

Bel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over;
Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle.
The things [a]that you carry are burdensome,
A load for the weary beast.
They stooped over, they have bowed down together;
They could not rescue the burden,
But [b]have themselves gone into captivity.

“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
You who have been borne by Me from [c]birth
And have been carried from the womb;
Even to your old age I [d]will be the same,
And even to your [e]graying years I will bear you!
I have [f]done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

“To whom would you liken Me
And make Me equal and compare Me,
That we would be alike?
“Those who lavish gold from the purse
And weigh silver on the scale
Hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
They bow down, indeed they worship it.
“They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it;
They set it in its place and it stands there.
It does not move from its place.
Though one may cry to it, it cannot answer;
It cannot deliver him from his distress.

“Remember this, and be [g]assured;
Recall it to [h]mind, you transgressors.
“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of [i]My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

“Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded,
Who are far from righteousness.
“I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
And My salvation will not delay.
And I will grant salvation in Zion,
And My glory for Israel.


Footnotes
  1. Isaiah 46:1 Lit carried by you
  2. Isaiah 46:2 Or their soul has
  3. Isaiah 46:3 Lit the belly
  4. Isaiah 46:4 Lit I am He
  5. Isaiah 46:4 Lit gray hairs
  6. Isaiah 46:4 Or made you
  7. Isaiah 46:8 Lit firm
  8. Isaiah 46:8 Lit heart
  9. Isaiah 46:11 Lit His

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