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Isaiah 44-48 (New American Standard Bible)

Isaiah 44-48

The Blessings of Israel

44 “But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
Thus says the Lord who made you
And formed you from the womb, who will help you,
Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
‘For I will pour out water on [a]the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
And they will spring up [b]among the grass
Like poplars by streams of water.’
“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’;
And that one [c]will call on the name of Jacob;
And another will write [d]on his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord,’
And will name Israel’s name with honor.

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.
‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
[e]From the time that I established the ancient [f]nation.
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”

The Folly of Idolatry

Those who fashion [g]a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10 Who has fashioned a god or cast [h]an idol to no profit? 11 Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

12 The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, [i]fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and [j]his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. 13 Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house. 14 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a [k]cypress or an oak and [l]raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow. 15 Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.” 17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”

18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19 No one [m]recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then [n]I make the rest of it into an abomination, [o]I fall down before a block of wood!” 20 He [p]feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver [q]himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

God Forgives and Redeems

21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant,
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.
22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a [r]heavy mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23 Shout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it;
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob
And in Israel He shows forth His glory.

24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,

“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,
Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth [s]all alone,
25 Causing the [t]omens of boasters to fail,
[u]Making fools out of diviners,
Causing wise men to draw back
And [v]turning their knowledge into foolishness,
26 Confirming the word of His servant
And [w]performing the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’
And I will raise up her ruins again.
27 It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’
And I will make your rivers dry.
28 It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.’
And [x]he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’
And of the temple, ‘[y]Your foundation will be laid.’”

God Uses Cyrus

45 Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him
And [z]to loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you and make the [aa]rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
“I will give you the [ab]treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
“For the sake of Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have not known Me.
“I am the Lord, and there is no other;
Besides Me there is no God.
I will [ac]gird you, though you have not known Me;
That [ad]men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing [ae]well-being and creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these.

God’s Supreme Power

Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to the one who quarrels with his [af]Maker—
An earthenware vessel [ag]among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the [ah]potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
10 “Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to a woman, ‘To what are you [ai]giving birth?’”

11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his [aj]Maker:

[ak]Ask Me about the things to come [al]concerning My sons,
And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.
12 “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.
I stretched out the heavens with My hands
And I [am]ordained all their host.
13 “I have aroused him in righteousness
And I will make all his ways smooth;
He will build My city and will let My exiles go free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.

14 Thus says the Lord,

“The [an]products of Egypt and the merchandise of [ao]Cush
And the Sabeans, men of stature,
Will come over to you and will be yours;
They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains
And will bow down to you;
They will make supplication to you:
[ap]Surely, God is [aq]with you, and there is none else,
No other God.’”
15 Truly, You are a God who hides Himself,
O God of Israel, Savior!
16 They will be put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17 Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.

18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it [ar]a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited),

“I am the Lord, and there is none else.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
In [as]some dark land;
I did not say to the [at]offspring of Jacob,
Seek Me in [au]a waste place’;
I, the Lord, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are upright.

20 Gather yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
They have no knowledge,
Who carry about [av]their wooden idol
And pray to a god who cannot save.
21 Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Savior;
There is none except Me.
22 Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 I have sworn by Myself,
The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
24 “They will say of Me, ‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’
Men will come to Him,
And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25 “In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
Will be justified and will glory.”

Babylon’s Idols and the True God

46 Bel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over;
Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle.
The things [aw]that you carry are burdensome,
A load for the weary beast.
They stooped over, they have bowed down together;
They could not rescue the burden,
But [ax]have themselves gone into captivity.

Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
You who have been borne by Me from [ay]birth
And have been carried from the womb;
Even to your old age I [az]will be the same,
And even to your [ba]graying years I will bear you!
I have [bb]done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

To whom would you liken Me
And make Me equal and compare Me,
That we would be alike?
“Those who lavish gold from the purse
And weigh silver on the scale
Hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
They bow down, indeed they worship it.
“They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it;
They set it in its place and it stands there.
It does not move from its place.
Though one may cry to it, it cannot answer;
It cannot deliver him from his distress.

Remember this, and be [bc]assured;
Recall it to [bd]mind, you transgressors.
“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of [be]My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

12 Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded,
Who are far from righteousness.
13 “I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
And My salvation will not delay.
And I will grant salvation in Zion,
And My glory for Israel.

Lament for Babylon

47 Come down and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no longer be called tender and delicate.
“Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil, strip off the skirt,
Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.
“Your nakedness will be uncovered,
Your shame also will be exposed;
I will take vengeance and will not [bf]spare a man.”
Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.
Sit silently, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans,
For you will no longer be called
The queen of kingdoms.
“I was angry with My people,
I profaned My heritage
And gave them into your hand.
You did not show mercy to them,
On the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
“Yet you said, ‘I will be a queen forever.’
These things you did not consider
Nor remember the outcome of [bg]them.

“Now, then, hear this, you sensual one,
Who dwells securely,
Who says in [bh]your heart,
I am, and there is no one besides me.
I will not sit as a widow,
Nor know loss of children.’
“But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day:
Loss of children and widowhood.
They will come on you in full measure
In spite of your many sorceries,
In spite of the great power of your spells.
10 “You felt secure in your wickedness and said,
No one sees me,’
Your wisdom and your knowledge, [bi]they have deluded you;
For you have said in your heart,
I am, and there is no one besides me.’
11 “But evil will come on you
Which you will not know how to charm away;
And disaster will fall on you
For which you cannot atone;
And destruction about which you do not know
Will come on you suddenly.

12 “Stand fast now in your spells
And in your many sorceries
With which you have labored from your youth;
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you may cause trembling.
13 “You are wearied with your many counsels;
Let now the astrologers,
Those who prophesy by the stars,
Those who predict by the new moons,
Stand up and save you from what will come upon you.
14 “Behold, they have become like stubble,
Fire burns them;
They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
There will be no coal to warm by
Nor a fire to sit before!
15 “So have those become to you with whom you have labored,
Who have trafficked with you from your youth;
Each has wandered in his own [bj]way;
There is none to save you.

Israel’s Obstinacy

48 Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are named Israel
And who came forth from the [bk]loins of Judah,
Who swear by the name of the Lord
And invoke the God of Israel,
But not in truth nor in righteousness.
“For they call themselves after the holy city
And lean on the God of Israel;
The Lord of hosts is His name.
“I declared the former things long ago
And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them.
Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
“Because I know that you are [bl]obstinate,
And your neck is an iron sinew
And your forehead bronze,
Therefore I declared them to you long ago,
Before [bm]they took place I proclaimed them to you,
So that you would not say, ‘My idol has done them,
And my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.’
“You have heard; look at all this.
And you, will you not declare it?
I proclaim to you new things from this time,
Even hidden things which you have not known.
“They are created now and not long ago;
And before today you have not heard them,
So that you will not say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
“You have not heard, you have not known.
Even from long ago your ear has not been open,
Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously;
And you have been called a [bn]rebel from [bo]birth.
For the sake of My name I delay My wrath,
And for My praise I restrain it for you,
In order not to cut you off.
10 “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;
For how can My name be profaned?
And My glory I will not give to another.

Deliverance Promised

12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel [bp]whom I called;
I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
13 “Surely My hand founded the earth,
And My right hand spread out the heavens;
When I call to them, they stand together.
14 Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure on Babylon,
And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 “I, even I, have spoken; indeed I have called him,
I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the first I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord [bq]God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you in the way you should go.
18 “If only you had paid attention to My commandments!
Then your [br]well-being would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
19 “Your [bs]descendants would have been like the sand,
And [bt]your offspring like its grains;
Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence.”

20 Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans!
Declare with the sound of joyful shouting, proclaim this,
Send it out to the end of the earth;
Say, “The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob.”
21 They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts.
He made the water flow out of the rock for them;
He split the rock and the water gushed forth.
22 There is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.


  1. Isaiah 44:3 Or him who is thirsty
  2. Isaiah 44:4 Another reading is like grass among the waters
  3. Isaiah 44:5 Another reading is will be called by the name of Jacob
  4. Isaiah 44:5 Or with
  5. Isaiah 44:7 Lit From My establishing of
  6. Isaiah 44:7 Or people
  7. Isaiah 44:9 Or an idol
  8. Isaiah 44:10 Or a graven image
  9. Isaiah 44:12 Lit and fashions
  10. Isaiah 44:12 Lit there is no strength
  11. Isaiah 44:14 Or holm-oak
  12. Isaiah 44:14 Lit makes strong
  13. Isaiah 44:19 Lit returns to his heart
  14. Isaiah 44:19 Or shall I make?
  15. Isaiah 44:19 Or shall I fall...?
  16. Isaiah 44:20 Or is a companion of ashes
  17. Isaiah 44:20 Lit his soul
  18. Isaiah 44:22 Or cloud
  19. Isaiah 44:24 Or who was with Me?
  20. Isaiah 44:25 Lit signs
  21. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He makes
  22. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He turns
  23. Isaiah 44:26 Lit He performs
  24. Isaiah 44:28 Lit to say
  25. Isaiah 44:28 Lit You will be founded
  26. Isaiah 45:1 Lit I will loose
  27. Isaiah 45:2 Another reading is mountains
  28. Isaiah 45:3 Or hoarded treasures
  29. Isaiah 45:5 Or arm
  30. Isaiah 45:6 Lit they
  31. Isaiah 45:7 Or peace
  32. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  33. Isaiah 45:9 Lit with
  34. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  35. Isaiah 45:10 Lit in labor pains with
  36. Isaiah 45:11 Lit Fashioner
  37. Isaiah 45:11 Or Will you ask
  38. Isaiah 45:11 Or upon
  39. Isaiah 45:12 Or commanded
  40. Isaiah 45:14 Lit labor
  41. Isaiah 45:14 Or Ethiopia
  42. Isaiah 45:14 Or God is with you alone
  43. Isaiah 45:14 Or in
  44. Isaiah 45:18 Or in vain
  45. Isaiah 45:19 Lit a place of a land of darkness
  46. Isaiah 45:19 Lit seed
  47. Isaiah 45:19 Or vain
  48. Isaiah 45:20 Lit the wood of their graven image
  49. Isaiah 46:1 Lit carried by you
  50. Isaiah 46:2 Or their soul has
  51. Isaiah 46:3 Lit the belly
  52. Isaiah 46:4 Lit I am He
  53. Isaiah 46:4 Lit gray hairs
  54. Isaiah 46:4 Or made you
  55. Isaiah 46:8 Lit firm
  56. Isaiah 46:8 Lit heart
  57. Isaiah 46:11 Lit His
  58. Isaiah 47:3 Lit meet
  59. Isaiah 47:7 Lit it
  60. Isaiah 47:8 Lit her
  61. Isaiah 47:10 Lit it has
  62. Isaiah 47:15 Lit side, region
  63. Isaiah 48:1 Lit waters
  64. Isaiah 48:4 Or harsh
  65. Isaiah 48:5 Lit it
  66. Isaiah 48:8 Or transgressor
  67. Isaiah 48:8 Lit the belly
  68. Isaiah 48:12 Lit My called one
  69. Isaiah 48:16 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  70. Isaiah 48:18 Or peace
  71. Isaiah 48:19 Lit seed
  72. Isaiah 48:19 Lit the offspring of your inward parts
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