New King James Version
11 Thus says the Lord,
The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
(A)“Ask Me of things to come concerning (B)My sons;
And concerning (C)the work of My hands, you command Me.
12 (D)I have made the earth,
And (E)created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And (F)all their host I have commanded.
13 (G)I have raised him up in righteousness,
And I will [a]direct all his ways;
He shall (H)build My city
And let My exiles go free,
(I)Not for price nor reward,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
The Lord, the Only Savior
14 Thus says the Lord:
(J)“The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush
And of the Sabeans, men of stature,
Shall come over to you, and they shall be yours;
They shall walk behind you,
They shall come over (K)in chains;
And they shall bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you, saying, (L)‘Surely God is in you,
And there is no other;
(M)There is no other God.’ ”
15 Truly You are God, (N)who hide Yourself,
O God of Israel, the Savior!
16 They shall be (O)ashamed
And also disgraced, all of them;
They shall go in confusion together,
Who are makers of idols.
17 (P)But Israel shall be saved by the Lord
With an (Q)everlasting salvation;
You shall not be ashamed or (R)disgraced
Forever and ever.
18 For thus says the Lord,
(S)Who created the heavens,
Who is God,
Who formed the earth and made it,
Who has established it,
Who did not create it [b]in vain,
Who formed it to be (T)inhabited:
(U)“I am the Lord, and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in (V)secret,
In a dark place of the earth;
I did not say to the seed of Jacob,
‘Seek Me [c]in vain’;
(W)I, the Lord, speak righteousness,
I declare things that are right.
20 “Assemble yourselves and come;
Draw near together,
You who have escaped from the nations.
(X)They have no knowledge,
Who carry the wood of their carved image,
And pray to a god that cannot save.
21 Tell and bring forth your case;
Yes, let them take counsel together.
(Y)Who has declared this from ancient time?
Who has told it from that time?
Have not I, the Lord?
(Z)And there is no other God besides Me,
A just God and a Savior;
There is none besides Me.
22 “Look to Me, and be saved,
(AA)All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 (AB)I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every (AC)knee shall bow,
(AD)Every tongue shall take an oath.
24 He shall say,
[d]‘Surely in the Lord I have (AE)righteousness and strength.
To Him men shall come,
And (AF)all shall be ashamed
Who are incensed against Him.
25 (AG)In the Lord all the descendants of Israel
Shall be justified, and (AH)shall glory.’ ”
Dead Idols and the Living God
46 Bel (AI)bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
(AJ)A burden to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
(AK)But have themselves gone into captivity.
3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
(AL)Who have been upheld by Me from [e]birth,
Who have been carried from the womb:
4 Even to your old age, (AM)I am He,
And even to gray hairs (AN)I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 “To(AO) whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
And compare Me, that we should be alike?
6 (AP)They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver on the scales;
They hire a (AQ)goldsmith, and he makes it a god;
They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.
7 (AR)They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though (AS)one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble.
8 “Remember this, and [f]show yourselves men;
(AT)Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
9 (AU)Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and (AV)there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 (AW)Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, (AX)‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
11 Calling a bird of prey (AY)from the east,
The man (AZ)who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed (BA)I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
12 “Listen to Me, you (BB)stubborn-hearted,
(BC)Who are far from righteousness:
13 (BD)I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation (BE)shall not [g]linger.
And I will place (BF)salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.
The Humiliation of Babylon
47 “Come (BG)down and (BH)sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of (BI)Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no more be called
Tender and [h]delicate.
2 (BJ)Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil,
Take off the skirt,
Uncover the thigh,
Pass through the rivers.
3 (BK)Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
Yes, your shame will be seen;
(BL)I will take vengeance,
And I will not arbitrate with a man.”
4 As for (BM)our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.
5 “Sit in (BN)silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
(BO)For you shall no longer be called
The Lady of Kingdoms.
6 (BP)I was angry with My people;
(BQ)I have profaned My inheritance,
And given them into your hand.
You showed them no mercy;
(BR)On the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily.
7 And you said, ‘I shall be (BS)a lady forever,’
So that you did not (BT)take these things to heart,
(BU)Nor remember the latter end of them.
8 “Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
Who dwell securely,
Who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow,
Nor shall I know the loss of children’;
9 But these two things shall come to you
(BV)In a moment, in one day:
The loss of children, and widowhood.
They shall come upon you in their fullness
Because of the multitude of your sorceries,
For the great abundance of your enchantments.
10 “For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one (BW)sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have [i]warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
11 Therefore evil shall come upon you;
You shall not know from where it arises.
And trouble shall fall upon you;
You will not be able [j]to put it off.
And (BX)desolation shall come upon you (BY)suddenly,
Which you shall not know.
12 “Stand now with your enchantments
And the multitude of your sorceries,
In which you have labored from your youth—
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you will prevail.
13 (BZ)You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels;
Let now (CA)the[k] astrologers, the stargazers,
And [l]the monthly prognosticators
Stand up and save you
From what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be (CB)as stubble,
The fire shall (CC)burn them;
They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame;
It shall not be a coal to be warmed by,
Nor a fire to sit before!
15 Thus shall they be to you
With whom you have labored,
(CD)Your merchants from your youth;
They shall wander each one to his [m]quarter.
No one shall save you.
Israel Refined for God’s Glory
48 “Hear this, O house of Jacob,
Who are called by the name of Israel,
And have come forth from the wellsprings of Judah;
Who swear by the name of the Lord,
And make mention of the God of Israel,
But (CE)not in truth or in righteousness;
2 For they call themselves (CF)after the holy city,
And (CG)lean on the God of Israel;
The Lord of hosts is His name:
3 “I have (CH)declared the former things from the beginning;
They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it.
Suddenly I did them, (CI)and they came to pass.
4 Because I knew that you were [n]obstinate,
And (CJ)your neck was an iron sinew,
And your brow bronze,
5 Even from the beginning I have declared it to you;
Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you,
Lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them,
And my carved image and my molded image
Have commanded them.’
6 “You have heard;
See all this.
And will you not declare it?
I have made you hear new things from this time,
Even hidden things, and you did not know them.
7 They are created now and not from the beginning;
And before this day you have not heard them,
Lest you should say, ‘Of course I knew them.’
8 Surely you did not hear,
Surely you did not know;
Surely from long ago your ear was not opened.
For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,
And were called (CK)a transgressor from the womb.
9 “For(CL) My name’s sake (CM)I will [o]defer My anger,
And for My praise I will restrain it from you,
So that I do not cut you off.
10 Behold, (CN)I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the (CO)furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For (CP)how should My name be profaned?
And (CQ)I will not give My glory to another.
- Isaiah 45:13 Or make all his ways straight
- Isaiah 45:18 Or empty, a waste
- Isaiah 45:19 Or in a waste place
- Isaiah 45:24 Or Only in the Lord are all righteousness and strength
- Isaiah 46:3 Lit. the belly
- Isaiah 46:8 be men, take courage
- Isaiah 46:13 delay
- Isaiah 47:1 dainty
- Isaiah 47:10 led you astray
- Isaiah 47:11 Lit. to cover it or atone for it
- Isaiah 47:13 Lit. viewers of the heavens
- Isaiah 47:13 Lit. those giving knowledge for new moons
- Isaiah 47:15 own side or way
- Isaiah 48:4 Heb. hard
- Isaiah 48:9 delay
New King James Version
Walk in Unity
4 I, therefore, the prisoner [a]of the Lord, [b]beseech you to (A)walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit (B)in the bond of peace. 4 (C)There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 (D)one Lord, (E)one faith, (F)one baptism; 6 (G)one God and Father of all, who is above all, and (H)through all, and in [c]you all.
7 But (I)to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:
(J)“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
9 (K)(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also [d]first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One (L)who ascended far above all the heavens, (M)that He might fill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, (N)for the [e]edifying of (O)the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith (P)and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to (Q)a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be (R)children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of (S)deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the (T)head—Christ— 16 (U)from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.Read full chapter
New King James Version
19 Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
20 Our God is the God of salvation;
And (A)to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
21 But (B)God will wound the head of His enemies,
(C)The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, “I will bring (D)back from Bashan,
I will bring them back (E)from the depths of the sea,
23 (F)That [a]your foot may crush them in blood,
(G)And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
24 They have seen Your [b]procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
25 (H)The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
26 Bless God in the congregations,
The Lord, from (I)the fountain of Israel.
27 (J)There is little Benjamin, their leader,
The princes of Judah and their [c]company,
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
28 [d]Your God has (K)commanded your strength;
Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
(L)Kings will bring presents to You.
30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
(M)The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Till everyone (N)submits himself with pieces of silver.
Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31 (O)Envoys will come out of Egypt;
(P)Ethiopia will quickly (Q)stretch out her hands to God.
32 Sing to God, you (R)kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 To Him (S)who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a (T)mighty voice.
34 (U)Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, (V)You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!