and make the rough places smooth.
I will break the doors of bronze in pieces
and cut apart the bars of iron.
and hidden riches of secret places
so that you may know that it is I, Yahweh,
even the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
I have called you by your name.
I have given you a title of honor,
though you have not known me.
Besides me, there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not known me,
and from the west that there is none besides me.
I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
and let the skies pour down righteousness.
Let the earth open,
that it may bring forth salvation,
and let it cause righteousness to spring up with it.
I, Yahweh, have created it.
a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth!
Does the clay say to him who forms it,
‘What are you making?’
or “ 'Your work has no handles.'
‘What have you become the father of?’
or to a mother,
‘To what have you given birth?’”
the Holy One of Israel and his Maker, says:
“You ask me about the things that are to come concerning my sons,
and you command me concerning the work of my hands!
and created mankind on it.
I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens,
and I have commanded all their army.
and I will make straight all his ways.
He will build my city,
and he will let my exiles go free,
but not for a price or reward,”
says Yahweh of Armies.
“The labor of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabeans, men of stature,
will come over to you,
and they will be yours.
They will follow after you.
They will come over in chains,
and they will bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you:
‘Surely God is in you, and there is none else.
There is no other god.
God of Israel, the Savior.’”
yes, confounded, all of them.
Those who are makers of idols will go into confusion together.
with an everlasting salvation.
You will not be disappointed nor confounded
to ages everlasting.
who created the heavens,
the God who formed the earth and made it,
who established it
and did not create it a waste,
who formed it to be inhabited:
“I am Yahweh,
and there is no other.
in a place of the land of darkness.
I did not say to the seed of Jacob,
‘Seek me in vain.’
I, Yahweh, speak righteousness.
I declare things that are right.
Draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations.
They have no knowledge,
those people who carry the wood of their carved image
and pray to a god that cannot save.
‘Only in Yahweh is there righteousness and strength.
To him will come and be put to shame
all those who had raged against him.’
and will glory.”