Isaiah 44 - Prayer Tents



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Isaiah 44
New International Version (1984)

Israel the Chosen

44"But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.H8085H3290H5650H3478H977 2This is what the LORD says--he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.H559H3068H6213H3335H990H5826H3372H3290H5650H3484H977 3For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.H3332H4325H6771H5140H3004H3332H7307H2233H1293H6631 4They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.H6779H996H2682H6155H4325H2988 5One will say, 'I belong to the LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD'S,' and will take the name Israel.H559H3068H7121H8034H3290H3789H3027H3068H3655H8034H3478

The Lord, Not Idols

6"This is what the LORD says--Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.H559H3068H4428H3478H1350H3068H6635H7223H314H1107H430 7Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come--yes, let him foretell what will come.H7121H5046H6186H7760H5769H5971H857H935H5046 8Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."H6342H7297H7297H8085H227H5046H5707H3426H433H1107H6697H3045 9All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.H3335H6459H8414H2530H3276H5707H7200H3045H954 10Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing?H3335H410H5258H6459H3276H1115 11He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.H2270H954H2796H120H6908H5975H6342H954H3162 12The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.H1270H2796H4621H6466H6352H3335H4717H6466H3581H2220H7457H3581H369H8354H4325H3286 13The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.H2796H6086H5186H6957H8388H8279H6213H4741H8388H4230H6213H8403H376H8597H120H3427H1004 14He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.H3772H730H3947H8645H437H553H6086H3293H5193H766H1653H1431 15It is man's fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.H120H1197H3947H2552H5400H644H3899H6466H410H7812H6213H6459H5456 16Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire."H8313H2677H1119H784H2677H398H1320H6740H6748H7646H2552H559H1889H2552H7200H217 17From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god."H7611H6213H410H6459H5456H7812H6419H559H5337H410 18They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.H3045H995H2902H5869H7200H3826H7919 19No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, "Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"H7725H3820H1847H8394H559H8313H2677H1119H784H644H3899H1513H6740H1320H398H6213H3499H8441H5456H944H6086 20He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"H7462H665H2048H3820H5186H5337H5315H559H8267H3225 21"Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you.H2142H3290H3478H5650H3335H5650H3478H5382 22I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you."H4229H5645H6588H6051H2403H7725H1350 23Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.H7442H8064H3068H6213H7321H8482H776H6476H7440H2022H3293H6086H3068H1350H3290H6286H3478

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24"This is what the LORD says--your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,H559H3068H1350H3335H990H3068H6213H5186H8064H7554H776 25who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,H6565H226H907H7080H1984H7725H2450H268H1847H5528 26who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'H6965H1697H5650H7999H6098H4397H559H3389H3427H5892H3063H1129H6965H2723 27who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,'H559H6683H2717H3001H5104 28who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid." 'H559H3566H7462H7999H2656H559H3389H1129H1964H3245




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