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Isaías 44

Israel el escogido

1»Pero ahora, Jacob, mi siervo,
Israel, a quien he escogido, ¡escucha!
Así dice el Señor, el que te hizo,
    el que te formó en el seno materno
    y te brinda su ayuda:
“No temas, Jacob, mi siervo,
Jesurún, a quien he escogido,
    que regaré con agua la tierra sedienta,
y con arroyos el suelo seco;
    derramaré mi Espíritu sobre tu descendencia,
y mi bendición sobre tus vástagos,
    y brotarán como hierba en un prado,
    como sauces junto a arroyos.
Uno dirá: ‘Pertenezco al Señor’;
    otro llevará el nombre de Jacob,
y otro escribirá en su mano: ‘Yo soy del Señor’,
    y tomará para sí el nombre de Israel.”

El Señor y los ídolos

Así dice el Señor, el Señor Todopoderoso,
    rey y redentor de Israel:
“Yo soy el primero y el último;
    fuera de mí no hay otro dios.
¿Quién es como yo?
Que lo diga.
Que declare lo que ha ocurrido
    desde que establecí a mi antiguo pueblo;
que exponga ante mí lo que está por venir,
    ¡que anuncie lo que va a suceder!
No tembléis ni os asustéis.
¿Acaso no lo anuncié y profeticé hace tiempo?
Vosotros sois mis testigos.
¿Hay algún Dios fuera de mí?
No, no hay otra Roca;
    no conozco ninguna.”»
Los que fabrican ídolos no valen nada;
    inútiles son sus obras más preciadas.
Para su propia vergüenza,
    sus propios testigos no ven ni conocen.
10 ¿Quién modela un dios o funde un ídolo,
    que no le sirve para nada?
11 Todos sus devotos quedarán avergonzados;
    ¡simples mortales son los artesanos!
Que todos se reúnan y comparezcan;
    ¡aterrados y avergonzados quedarán todos ellos!
12 El herrero toma una herramienta,
    y con ella trabaja sobre las brasas;
con martillo modela un ídolo,
    con la fuerza de su brazo lo forja.
Siente hambre, y pierde las fuerzas;
    no bebe agua, y desfallece.
13 El carpintero mide con un cordel,
    hace un boceto con un estilete,
lo trabaja con el escoplo
    y lo traza con el compás.
Le da forma humana;
    le imprime la belleza de un ser humano,
    para que habite en un santuario.
14 Derriba los cedros,
    y escoge un ciprés o un roble,
y lo deja crecer entre los árboles del bosque;
    o planta un pino, que la lluvia hace crecer.
15 Al hombre le sirve de combustible,
    y toma una parte para calentarse;
    enciende un fuego y hornea pan.
Pero también labra un dios y lo adora;
    hace un ídolo y se postra ante él.
16 La mitad de la madera la quema en el fuego,
    sobre esa mitad prepara su comida;
    asa la carne y se sacia.
También se calienta y dice:
«¡Ah! Ya voy entrando en calor,
    mientras contemplo las llamas.»
17 Con el resto hace un dios, su ídolo;
    se postra ante él y lo adora.
Y suplicante le dice:
«Sálvame, pues tú eres mi dios.»
18 No saben nada, no entienden nada;
    sus ojos están velados, y no ven;
    su mente está cerrada, y no entienden.
19 Les falta conocimiento y entendimiento;
    no se ponen a pensar ni a decir:
“Úsé la mitad para combustible;
    incluso horneé pan sobre las brasas,
    asé carne y la comí.
¿Y haré algo abominable con lo que queda?
¿Me postraré ante un pedazo de madera?»
20 Se alimentan de cenizas,
    se dejan engañar por su iluso corazón,
    no pueden salvarse a sí mismos, ni decir:
«¡Lo que tengo en mi diestra es una mentira!»
21 «Recuerda estas cosas, Jacob,
    porque tú eres mi siervo, Israel.
Yo te formé, tú eres mi siervo;
Israel, yo no te olvidaré.
22 He disipado tus transgresiones como el rocío,
    y tus pecados como la bruma de la mañana.
Vuelve a mí, que te he redimido.»
23 ¡Cantad de alegría, cielos,
    que esto lo ha hecho el Señor!
¡Gritad con fuerte voz,
    profundidades de la tierra!
¡Prorrumpid en canciones, montañas;
    y bosques, con todos vuestros árboles!
Porque el Señor ha redimido a Jacob,
Dios ha manifestado su gloria en Israel.

Jerusalén vuelve a ser habitada

24 «Así dice el Señor, tu Redentor,
    quien te formó en el seno materno:
“Yo soy el Señor,
    que ha hecho todas las cosas,
yo solo desplegué los cielos
    y extendí la tierra.
¿Quién estaba conmigo?

25 »”Yo frustro las señales de los falsos profetas
    y ridiculizo a los adivinos;
yo hago retroceder a los sabios
    y convierto su sabiduría en necedad.
26 Yo confirmo la palabra de mis siervos
    y cumplo el consejo de mis mensajeros.
Yo digo que Jerusalén será habitada,
    que los pueblos de Judá serán reconstruidos;
    y sus ruinas las restauraré.
27 Yo mando que se seque lo profundo del mar,
    y ordeno que se sequen sus corrientes.
28 Yo afirmo que Ciro es mi pastor,
    y dará cumplimiento a mis deseos;
dispondrá que Jerusalén sea reconstruida,
    y que se repongan los cimientos del templo.”»

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 44

The Lord Chooses Israel

1“Family of Jacob, listen to me. You are my servant.
    People of Israel, I have chosen you.
I made you. I formed you when you were born as a nation.
    I will help you.
    So listen to what I am saying.
Family of Jacob, do not be afraid. You are my servant.
    People of Israel, I have chosen you.
I will pour out water on the thirsty land.
    I will make streams flow on the dry ground.
I will pour out my Spirit on your children.
    I will pour out my blessing on their children after them.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow.
    They will grow like poplar trees near flowing streams.
Some will say, ‘We belong to the Lord.’
    Others will call themselves by Jacob’s name.
Still others will write on their hands,
    ‘We belong to the Lord.’
    And they will be called by the name of Israel.

Worship the Lord, Not False Gods

“I am Israel’s King. I set them free.
    I am the Lord who rules over all.
    So listen to what I am saying.
I am the first and the last.
    I am the one and only God.
Who is like me? Let him come forward and speak boldly.
    Let him tell me everything that has happened
    since I created my people long ago.
And let him tell me what has not happened yet.
    Let him announce ahead of time what is going to take place.
Do not tremble with fear. Do not be afraid.
    Didn’t I announce everything that has happened?
    Didn’t I tell you about it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any other God but me?
    No! There is no other Rock. I do not know even one.”

Those who make statues of gods don’t amount to anything.
    And the statues they think so much of are worthless.
Those who would speak up for them are blind.
    They don’t know anything.
    So they will be put to shame.
10 People make statues of gods.
    But those gods can’t do any good.
11 People who do that will be put to shame.
    Those who make statues of gods are mere human beings.
Let all of them come together and state their case.
    They will be terrified and put to shame.

12 A blacksmith gets his tool.
    He uses it to shape metal over the burning coals.
He uses his hammers to make a statue of a god.
    He forms it with his powerful arm.
He gets hungry and loses his strength.
    He doesn’t drink any water.
    He gets weaker and weaker.
13 A carpenter measures a piece of wood with a line.
    He draws a pattern on it with a marker.
He cuts out a statue with sharp tools.
    He marks it with compasses.
He shapes it into the form of a beautiful human being.
    He does this so he can put it in a temple.
14 He cuts down a cedar tree.
    Or perhaps he takes a cypress or an oak tree.
It might be a tree that grew in the forest.
    Or it might be a pine tree he planted.
    And the rain made it grow.
15 A man gets wood from trees to burn.
    He uses some of it to warm himself.
    He starts a fire and bakes bread.
But he also uses some of it to make a god and worship it.
    He makes a statue of a god and bows down to it.
16 He burns half of the wood in the fire.
    He prepares a meal over it.
He cooks meat over it.
    He eats until he is full.
He also warms himself. He says,
    “Good! I’m getting warm.
    The fire is nice and hot.”
17 From the rest of the wood he makes a statue.
    It becomes his god.
    He bows down and worships it.
He prays to it. He says,
    “Save me! You are my god!”
18 People like that don’t even know what they are doing.
    Their eyes are shut so that they can’t see the truth.
    Their minds are closed so that they can’t understand it.
19 No one even stops to think about this.
    No one has any sense or understanding.
    If anyone did, they would say,
“I used half of the wood for fuel.
    I even baked bread over the fire.
    I cooked meat. Then I ate it.
Should I now make a statue of a god
    out of the wood that’s left over?
Should I bow down to a block of wood?
    The Lord would hate that.”
20 That’s as foolish as eating ashes!
    The mind of someone like that
    has led him astray.
He can’t save himself.
    He can’t bring himself to say,
“This thing I’m holding in my right hand
    isn’t really a god at all.”

21 The Lord says, “Family of Jacob, remember these things.
    People of Israel, you are my servant.
I have made you. You are my servant.
    Israel, I will not forget you.
22 I will sweep your sins away as if they were a cloud.
    I will blow them away as if they were the morning mist.
Return to me.
    Then I will set you free.”

23 Sing for joy, you heavens!
    The Lord does wonderful things.
Shout out loud, you earth!
    Burst into song, you mountains!
    Sing, you forests and all your trees!
The Lord sets the family of Jacob free.
    He shows his glory in Israel.

People Will Live in Jerusalem Again

24 The Lord says,
    “People of Israel, I set you free.
    I formed you when you were born as a nation.

“I am the Lord. I am the Maker of everything.
    I alone stretch out the heavens.
    I spread out the earth by myself.

25 “Some prophets are not really prophets at all.
    I show that their signs are fake.
    I make those who practice evil magic look foolish.
I destroy the learning of those who think they are wise.
    Their knowledge does not make any sense at all.
26 I make the words of my servants the prophets come true.
    I carry out what my messengers say will happen.

“I say about Jerusalem,
    ‘My people will live there again.’
I say about the towns of Judah,
    ‘They will be rebuilt.’
I say about their broken-down buildings,
    ‘I will make them like new again.’
27 I say to the deep waters,
    ‘Dry up. Let your streams become dry.’
28 I say about Cyrus,
    ‘He is my shepherd.
    He will accomplish everything I want him to.
He will say about Jerusalem,
    “Let it be rebuilt.”
And he will say about the temple,
    “Let its foundations be laid.” ’