11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm(A) forever,
    the purposes(B) of his heart through all generations.

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In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.(A)

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24 A person’s steps are directed(A) by the Lord.(B)
    How then can anyone understand their own way?(C)

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10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;(A)
    propose your plan, but it will not stand,(B)
    for God is with us.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 8:10 Hebrew Immanuel

24 The Lord Almighty has sworn,(A)

“Surely, as I have planned,(B) so it will be,
    and as I have purposed, so it will happen.(C)

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27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed,(A) and who can thwart him?
    His hand(B) is stretched out, and who can turn it back?(C)

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Yet he too is wise(A) and can bring disaster;(B)
    he does not take back his words.(C)
He will rise up against that wicked nation,(D)
    against those who help evildoers.

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10 I make known the end from the beginning,(A)
    from ancient times,(B) what is still to come.(C)
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,(D)
    and I will do all that I please.’

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14 “Come together,(A) all of you, and listen:
    Which of the idols has foretold(B) these things?
The Lord’s chosen ally(C)
    will carry out his purpose(D) against Babylon;(E)
    his arm will be against the Babylonians.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 48:14 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 20

11 so is my word(A) that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,(B)
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose(C) for which I sent it.

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29 “‘This will be the sign(A) to you that I will punish(B) you in this place,’ declares the Lord, ‘so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.’(C)

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37 Who can speak and have it happen
    if the Lord has not decreed it?(A)

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