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This what the Lord says, the one who made you,
    formed you from the womb,
        and who will help[a] you:
“Don’t be afraid, Jacob my servant,
    and Jeshurun,[b] whom I have chosen.
For I’ll pour water upon thirsty ground
    and streams on parched land.
So[c] will I pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
    and my blessing upon your descendants.
They’ll[d] spring up as among[e] the green grass,
    like willows by flowing streams.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 44:2 So 1QIsaa; MT reads he will help
  2. Isaiah 44:2 I.e. a poetic term for national Israel; the Heb. name means Upright One; cf. Deut 32:15; 33:5, 26
  3. Isaiah 44:3 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks So
  4. Isaiah 44:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read And they
  5. Isaiah 44:4 So 1QIsaa MTmss LXX Targ; MT reads up among

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