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Isaiah 44 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:1 - “But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:2 - This is what the LORD says— he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun,[fn] whom I have chosen.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:3 - For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:4 - They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:5 - Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:6 - “This is what the LORD says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:7 - Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come— yes, let them foretell what will come.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:8 - Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:9 - All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:10 - Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:11 - People who do that will be put to shame; such craftsmen are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:12 - The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:13 - The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:14 - He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:15 - It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:16 - Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:17 - From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:18 - They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:19 - No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:20 - Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:21 - “Remember these things, Jacob, for you, Israel, are my servant. I have made you, you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:22 - I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:23 - Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:24 - “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:25 - who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:26 - who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:27 - who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:28 - who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.” ’
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Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.

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