and Israel whom I have chosen.
as willows by the watercourses.
and another will be called by the name of Jacob.
And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to Yahweh,’
and name himself by the name of Israel.”
and set it in order for me,
since I established the ancient people?
Let them declare the things that are coming,
and that will happen.
Haven’t I declared it to you long ago, and shown it?
You are my witnesses.
Is there a God besides me?
Indeed, there is not. I do not know any other Rock.”
The things that they delight in will not profit.
Their own witnesses do not see or know,
so they will be put to shame.
that is profitable for nothing?
and the workmen are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together. Let them stand up.
They will fear. They will be put to shame together.
fashions it with hammers
and works it with his strong arm.
He is hungry and his strength fails;
he drinks no water and is faint.
He marks it out with a stylus.
He shapes it with planes.
He marks it out with compasses
and shapes it like the figure of a man,
with the beauty of a man,
to reside in a house.
and takes the cypress and the oak,
and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest.
He plants a fir tree,
and the rain nourishes it.
and he takes some of it, and warms himself.
Yes, he burns it and bakes bread.
Yes, he makes a god and worships it;
he makes it a carved image and falls down to it.
With part of it, he eats meat.
He roasts a roast and is satisfied.
Yes, he warms himself and says, “Aha!
I am warm. I have seen the fire.”
his carved image.
He bows down to it and worships,
and prays to it and says,
“Deliver me, for you are my god!”
for he has shut their eyes, that they cannot see,
and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
nor is there knowledge or understanding to say,
“I have burned part of it in the fire.
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals.
I have roasted meat and eaten it.
Will I make the rest of it into an abomination?
Will I bow down to a tree trunk?”
A deceived heart has turned him aside,
and he cannot deliver his soul or say,
“Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”
and Israel, for you are my servant.
I have formed you. You are my servant.
Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
and as a cloud, your sins.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.
Shout, you lower parts of the earth!
Break out into singing, you mountains,
O forest, all of your trees,
for Yahweh has redeemed Jacob
and will glorify himself in Israel.
“I am Yahweh who makes all things;
who alone stretches out the heavens;
who spreads out the earth by myself;
and makes diviners mad;
who turns wise men backward
and makes their knowledge foolish;
and performs the counsel of his messengers;
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’
and of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be built,’
and ‘I will raise up its waste places,’
and ‘I will dry up your rivers.’
and will perform all my pleasure,’
even saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built;’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”