Bible: Isaiah 44:12-28
44:12 A blacksmith works with his tool 1
and forges metal over the coals.
He forms it 2 with hammers;
he makes it with his strong arm.
He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3
he drinks no water and gets tired.
44:13 A carpenter takes measurements; 4
he marks out an outline of its form; 5
he scrapes 6 it with chisels,
and marks it with a compass.
He patterns it after the human form, 7
like a well-built human being,
and puts it in a shrine. 8
44:14 He cuts down cedars
and acquires a cypress 9 or an oak.
He gets 10 trees from the forest;
he plants a cedar 11 and the rain makes it grow.
44:15 A man uses it to make a fire; 12
he takes some of it and warms himself.
Yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
Then he makes a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it. 13
44:16 Half of it he burns in the fire –
over that half he cooks 14 meat;
he roasts a meal and fills himself.
Yes, he warms himself and says,
‘Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’
44:17 With the rest of it he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships it.
He prays to it, saying,
‘Rescue me, for you are my god!’
44:18 They do not comprehend or understand,
for their eyes are blind and cannot see;
their minds do not discern. 15
44:19 No one thinks to himself,
nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves:
‘I burned half of it in the fire –
yes, I baked bread over the coals;
I roasted meat and ate it.
With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol?
Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 16
44:20 He feeds on ashes; 17
his deceived mind misleads him.
He cannot rescue himself,
nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 18
44:21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
O Israel, for you are my servant.
I formed you to be my servant;
O Israel, I will not forget you! 19
44:22 I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud,
the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. 20
Come back to me, for I protect 21 you.”
44:23 Shout for joy, O sky, for the
shout out, you subterranean regions 23 of the earth.
O mountains, give a joyful shout;
you too, O forest and all your trees! 24
he reveals his splendor through Israel. 26
The Lord Empowers Cyrus
44:24 This is what the
the one who formed you in the womb:
“I am the
who alone stretched out the sky,
who fashioned the earth all by myself, 28
44:25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers 29
and humiliates 30 the omen readers,
who overturns the counsel of the wise men 31
and makes their advice 32 seem foolish,
44:26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants 33
and brings to pass the announcements 34 of his messengers,
who says about Jerusalem, 35 ‘She will be inhabited,’
and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,
her ruins I will raise up,’
44:27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry!
I will dry up your sea currents,’
to carry out all my wishes 38
and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’
and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 39