The Servant of the Lord

42 “Here is my servant,(A) whom I uphold,
    my chosen one(B) in whom I delight;(C)
I will put my Spirit(D) on him,
    and he will bring justice(E) to the nations.(F)
He will not shout or cry out,(G)
    or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed(H) he will not break,(I)
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.(J)
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;(K)
    he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice(L) on earth.
    In his teaching(M) the islands(N) will put their hope.”(O)

This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens,(P) who stretches them out,
    who spreads out the earth(Q) with all that springs from it,(R)
    who gives breath(S) to its people,
    and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called(T) you in righteousness;(U)
    I will take hold of your hand.(V)
I will keep(W) you and will make you
    to be a covenant(X) for the people
    and a light(Y) for the Gentiles,(Z)
to open eyes that are blind,(AA)
    to free(AB) captives from prison(AC)
    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.(AD)

“I am the Lord;(AE) that is my name!(AF)
    I will not yield my glory to another(AG)
    or my praise to idols.(AH)
See, the former things(AI) have taken place,
    and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
    I announce(AJ) them to you.”

Song of Praise to the Lord

10 Sing(AK) to the Lord a new song,(AL)
    his praise(AM) from the ends of the earth,(AN)
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,(AO)
    you islands,(AP) and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness(AQ) and its towns raise their voices;
    let the settlements where Kedar(AR) lives rejoice.
Let the people of Sela(AS) sing for joy;
    let them shout from the mountaintops.(AT)
12 Let them give glory(AU) to the Lord
    and proclaim his praise(AV) in the islands.(AW)
13 The Lord will march out like a champion,(AX)
    like a warrior(AY) he will stir up his zeal;(AZ)
with a shout(BA) he will raise the battle cry
    and will triumph over his enemies.(BB)

14 “For a long time I have kept silent,(BC)
    I have been quiet and held myself back.(BD)
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
    I cry out, I gasp and pant.(BE)
15 I will lay waste(BF) the mountains(BG) and hills
    and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands
    and dry up(BH) the pools.
16 I will lead(BI) the blind(BJ) by ways they have not known,
    along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light(BK) before them
    and make the rough places smooth.(BL)
These are the things I will do;
    I will not forsake(BM) them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
    who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’(BN)
    will be turned back in utter shame.(BO)

Israel Blind and Deaf

18 “Hear, you deaf;(BP)
    look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind(BQ) but my servant,(BR)
    and deaf like the messenger(BS) I send?
Who is blind like the one in covenant(BT) with me,
    blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention;
    your ears are open, but you do not listen.”(BU)
21 It pleased the Lord
    for the sake(BV) of his righteousness
    to make his law(BW) great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered(BX) and looted,
    all of them trapped in pits(BY)
    or hidden away in prisons.(BZ)
They have become plunder,
    with no one to rescue them;(CA)
they have been made loot,
    with no one to say, “Send them back.”

23 Which of you will listen to this
    or pay close attention(CB) in time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot,
    and Israel to the plunderers?(CC)
Was it not the Lord,(CD)
    against whom we have sinned?
For they would not follow(CE) his ways;
    they did not obey his law.(CF)
25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,(CG)
    the violence of war.
It enveloped them in flames,(CH) yet they did not understand;(CI)
    it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.(CJ)

Israel’s Only Savior

43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created(CK) you, Jacob,
    he who formed(CL) you, Israel:(CM)
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed(CN) you;
    I have summoned you by name;(CO) you are mine.(CP)
When you pass through the waters,(CQ)
    I will be with you;(CR)
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,(CS)
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.(CT)
For I am the Lord your God,(CU)
    the Holy One(CV) of Israel, your Savior;(CW)
I give Egypt(CX) for your ransom,
    Cush[a](CY) and Seba(CZ) in your stead.(DA)
Since you are precious and honored(DB) in my sight,
    and because I love(DC) you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid,(DD) for I am with you;(DE)
    I will bring your children(DF) from the east
    and gather(DG) you from the west.(DH)
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south,(DI) ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters(DJ) from the ends of the earth(DK)
everyone who is called by my name,(DL)
    whom I created(DM) for my glory,(DN)
    whom I formed and made.(DO)

Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,(DP)
    who have ears but are deaf.(DQ)
All the nations gather together(DR)
    and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold(DS) this
    and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
    so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,(DT)” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant(DU) whom I have chosen,
so that you may know(DV) and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god(DW) was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.(DX)
11 I, even I, am the Lord,(DY)
    and apart from me there is no savior.(DZ)
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god(EA) among you.
You are my witnesses,(EB)” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days(EC) I am he.(ED)
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”(EE)

God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness

14 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer,(EF) the Holy One(EG) of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
    and bring down as fugitives(EH) all the Babylonians,[b](EI)
    in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the Lord,(EJ) your Holy One,
    Israel’s Creator,(EK) your King.(EL)

16 This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,(EM)
17 who drew out(EN) the chariots and horses,(EO)
    the army and reinforcements together,(EP)
and they lay(EQ) there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:(ER)
18 “Forget the former things;(ES)
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!(ET)
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness(EU)
    and streams in the wasteland.(EV)
20 The wild animals(EW) honor me,
    the jackals(EX) and the owls,
because I provide water(EY) in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21     the people I formed(EZ) for myself(FA)
    that they may proclaim my praise.(FB)

22 “Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
    you have not wearied(FC) yourselves for[c] me, Israel.(FD)
23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,(FE)
    nor honored(FF) me with your sacrifices.(FG)
I have not burdened(FH) you with grain offerings
    nor wearied you with demands(FI) for incense.(FJ)
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus(FK) for me,
    or lavished on me the fat(FL) of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied(FM) me with your offenses.(FN)

25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions,(FO) for my own sake,(FP)
    and remembers your sins(FQ) no more.(FR)
26 Review the past for me,
    let us argue the matter together;(FS)
    state the case(FT) for your innocence.
27 Your first father(FU) sinned;
    those I sent to teach(FV) you rebelled(FW) against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
    I consigned Jacob to destruction[d](FX)
    and Israel to scorn.(FY)

Israel the Chosen

44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,(FZ)
    Israel, whom I have chosen.(GA)
This is what the Lord says—
    he who made(GB) you, who formed you in the womb,(GC)
    and who will help(GD) you:
Do not be afraid,(GE) Jacob, my servant,(GF)
    Jeshurun,[e](GG) whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water(GH) on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;(GI)
I will pour out my Spirit(GJ) on your offspring,
    and my blessing(GK) on your descendants.(GL)
They will spring up like grass(GM) in a meadow,
    like poplar trees(GN) by flowing streams.(GO)
Some will say, ‘I belong(GP) to the Lord’;
    others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand,(GQ) ‘The Lord’s,’(GR)
    and will take the name Israel.

The Lord, Not Idols

“This is what the Lord says—
    Israel’s King(GS) and Redeemer,(GT) the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;(GU)
    apart from me there is no God.(GV)
Who then is like me?(GW) 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(GX) what will come.
Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
    Did I not proclaim(GY) this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God(GZ) besides me?
    No, there is no other Rock;(HA) I know not one.”

All who make idols(HB) are nothing,
    and the things they treasure are worthless.(HC)
Those who would speak up for them are blind;(HD)
    they are ignorant, to their own shame.(HE)
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,(HF)
    which can profit nothing?(HG)
11 People who do that will be put to shame;(HH)
    such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
    they will be brought down to terror and shame.(HI)

12 The blacksmith(HJ) 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.(HK)
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
    he drinks no water and grows faint.(HL)
13 The carpenter(HM) 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,(HN)
    human form in all its glory,
    that it may dwell in a shrine.(HO)
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,(HP) and the rain made it grow.
15 It is used as fuel(HQ) 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(HR) it;
    he makes an idol and bows(HS) down to it.
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.(HT)
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
    he bows down to it and worships.(HU)
He prays(HV) to it and says,
    “Save(HW) me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand(HX) nothing;
    their eyes(HY) are plastered over so they cannot see,
    and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think,
    no one has the knowledge or understanding(HZ) to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;(IA)
    I even baked bread over its coals,
    I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable(IB) thing from what is left?
    Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”(IC)
20 Such a person feeds on ashes;(ID) a deluded(IE) heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?(IF)

21 “Remember(IG) these things, Jacob,
    for you, Israel, are my servant.(IH)
I have made you, you are my servant;(II)
    Israel, I will not forget you.(IJ)
22 I have swept away(IK) your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return(IL) to me,
    for I have redeemed(IM) you.”

23 Sing for joy,(IN) you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
    shout aloud, you earth(IO) beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,(IP)
    you forests and all your trees,(IQ)
for the Lord has redeemed(IR) Jacob,
    he displays his glory(IS) in Israel.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 “This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer,(IT) who formed(IU) you in the womb:(IV)

I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,(IW)
    who spreads out the earth(IX) by myself,
25 who foils(IY) the signs of false prophets
    and makes fools of diviners,(IZ)
who overthrows the learning of the wise(JA)
    and turns it into nonsense,(JB)
26 who carries out the words(JC) of his servants
    and fulfills(JD) the predictions of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem,(JE) ‘It shall be inhabited,’
    of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’
    and of their ruins,(JF) ‘I will restore them,’(JG)
27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry,
    and I will dry up(JH) your streams,’
28 who says of Cyrus,(JI) ‘He is my shepherd
    and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem,(JJ) “Let it be rebuilt,”
    and of the temple,(JK) “Let its foundations(JL) be laid.”’

45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,(JM)
    to Cyrus,(JN) whose right hand I take hold(JO) of
to subdue nations(JP) before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you(JQ)
    and will level(JR) the mountains[f];
I will break down gates(JS) of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.(JT)
I will give you hidden treasures,(JU)
    riches stored in secret places,(JV)
so that you may know(JW) that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.(JX)
For the sake of Jacob my servant,(JY)
    of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge(JZ) me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;(KA)
    apart from me there is no God.(KB)
I will strengthen you,(KC)
    though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting(KD)
people may know(KE) there is none besides me.(KF)
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,(KG)
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;(KH)
    I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, rain(KI) down my righteousness;(KJ)
    let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation(KK) spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrel(KL) with their Maker,(KM)
    those who are nothing but potsherds(KN)
    among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,(KO)
    ‘What are you making?’(KP)
Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?(KQ)
10 Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’

11 “This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One(KR) of Israel, and its Maker:(KS)
Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?(KT)
12 It is I who made the earth(KU)
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;(KV)
    I marshaled their starry hosts.(KW)
13 I will raise up Cyrus[g](KX) in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.(KY)
He will rebuild my city(KZ)
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(LA)
    says the Lord Almighty.”

14 This is what the Lord says:

“The products(LB) of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[h]
    and those tall Sabeans(LC)
they will come over to you(LD)
    and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you,(LE)
    coming over to you in chains.(LF)
They will bow down before you
    and plead(LG) with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you,(LH) and there is no other;
    there is no other god.(LI)’”

15 Truly you are a God who has been hiding(LJ) himself,
    the God and Savior(LK) of Israel.
16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;(LL)
    they will go off into disgrace together.
17 But Israel will be saved(LM) by the Lord
    with an everlasting salvation;(LN)
you will never be put to shame or disgraced,(LO)
    to ages everlasting.

18 For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,(LP)
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,(LQ)
    but formed it to be inhabited(LR)
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.(LS)
19 I have not spoken in secret,(LT)
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;(LU)
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,(LV)
    ‘Seek(LW) me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.(LX)

20 “Gather together(LY) and come;
    assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant(LZ) are those who carry(MA) about idols of wood,
    who pray to gods that cannot save.(MB)
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold(MC) this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?(MD)
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,(ME)
a righteous God(MF) and a Savior;(MG)
    there is none but me.

22 “Turn(MH) to me and be saved,(MI)
    all you ends of the earth;(MJ)
    for I am God, and there is no other.(MK)
23 By myself I have sworn,(ML)
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity(MM)
    a word that will not be revoked:(MN)
Before me every knee will bow;(MO)
    by me every tongue will swear.(MP)
24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance(MQ) and strength.(MR)’”
All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.(MS)
25 But all the descendants(MT) of Israel
    will find deliverance(MU) in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.(MV)

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:3 That is, the upper Nile region
  2. Isaiah 43:14 Or Chaldeans
  3. Isaiah 43:22 Or Jacob; / surely you have grown weary of
  4. Isaiah 43:28 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
  5. Isaiah 44:2 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.
  6. Isaiah 45:2 Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  7. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him
  8. Isaiah 45:14 That is, the upper Nile region