Isaiah 44-48 English Standard Version (ESV)
Israel the Lord's Chosen
44 “But now hear, O Jacob my servant,
Besides Me There Is No God
6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
The Folly of Idolatry
9 All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. 10 Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.
12 The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil.[b] He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. 14 He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” 17 And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”
18 They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. 19 No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” 20 He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
The Lord Redeems Israel
21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
Cyrus, God's Instrument
45 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
8 “Shower, O heavens, from above,
9 “Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
11 Thus says the Lord,
The Lord, the Only Savior
14 Thus says the Lord:
15 Truly, you are a God who hides himself,
18 For thus says the Lord,
20 “Assemble yourselves and come;
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
24 “Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
The Idols of Babylon and the One True God
46 Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
5 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
8 “Remember this and stand firm,
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
The Humiliation of Babylon
47 Come down and sit in the dust,
5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
8 Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
10 You felt secure in your wickedness;
12 Stand fast in your enchantments
14 Behold, they are like stubble;
Israel Refined for God's Glory
48 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
3 “The former things I declared of old;
6 “You have heard; now see all this;
9 “For my name's sake I defer my anger;
The Lord's Call to Israel
12 “Listen to me, O Jacob,
14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
17 Thus says the Lord,
20 Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
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