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PIB Isaiah 41-50

Isaiah 41-50 
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Isaiah 41

Isaiah 41 [20.]    that they may see, know, consider, and understand together,
    that Yahweh’s hand has done this,
    and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Produce your cause,” says Yahweh.
    “Bring out your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.
“Let them announce, and declare to us what shall happen.
    Declare the former things, what they are,
    that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them;
    or show us things to come.
Declare the things that are to come hereafter,
    that we may know that you are gods.
Yes, do good, or do evil,
    that we may be dismayed,
    and see it together.
Behold, you are of nothing,
    and your work is of nothing.
    He who chooses you is an abomination.

Isaiah 41 [25.] “I have raised up one from the north, and he has come;
    from the rising of the sun, one who calls on my name;
    and he shall come on rulers as on mortar,
    and as the potter treads clay.
Who has declared it from the beginning, that we may know?
    And before, that we may say, ‘He is right?’
Surely, there is no one who declares.
    Surely, there is no one who shows.
    Surely, there is no one who hears your words.
I am the first to say to Zion, ‘Behold, look at them;’
    and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.
When I look, there is no man;
    even among them there is no counselor who, when I ask of them, can answer a word.
Behold, all of them, their deeds are vanity and nothing.
    Their molten images are wind and confusion. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 41:8 or, seed

Isaiah 42

Isaiah 42 [1.] “Behold, my servant, whom I uphold;
    my chosen, in whom my soul delights—
    I have put my Spirit on him.
    He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout,
    nor raise his voice,
    nor cause it to be heard in the street.
He won’t break a bruised reed.
    He won’t quench a dimly burning wick.
    He will faithfully bring justice.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
    until he has set justice in the earth,
    and the islands will wait for his law.”

Isaiah 42 [5.] Thus says God Yahweh,
    he who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    he who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it,
    he who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it.
“I, Yahweh, have called you in righteousness,
    and will hold your hand,
    and will keep you,
    and make you a covenant for the people,
    as a light for the nations;
    to open the blind eyes,
    to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon,
    and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.

Isaiah 42 [8.] “I am Yahweh.
    That is my name.
    I will not give my glory to another,
    nor my praise to engraved images.
Behold, the former things have happened,
    and I declare new things.
    I tell you about them before they come up.”

Isaiah 42 [10.] Sing to Yahweh a new song,
    and his praise from the end of the earth,
    you who go down to the sea,
    and all that is therein,
    the islands and their inhabitants.
Let the wilderness and its cities raise their voices,
    with the villages that Kedar inhabits.
    Let the inhabitants of Sela sing.
    Let them shout from the top of the mountains!
Let them give glory to Yahweh,
    and declare his praise in the islands.
Yahweh will go out like a mighty man.
    He will stir up zeal like a man of war.
    He will raise a war cry.
    Yes, he will shout aloud.
    He will triumph over his enemies.

Isaiah 42 [14.] “I have been silent a long time.
    I have been quiet and restrained myself.
    Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant.
I will destroy mountains and hills,
    and dry up all their herbs.
    I will make the rivers islands,
    and will dry up the pools.
I will bring the blind by a way that they don’t know.
    I will lead them in paths that they don’t know.
    I will make darkness light before them,
    and crooked places straight.
    I will do these things,
    and I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 42 [17.] “Those who trust in engraved images,
    who tell molten images,
    ‘You are our gods’
    will be turned back.
    They will be utterly disappointed.

Isaiah 42 [18.] “Hear, you deaf,
    and look, you blind,
    that you may see.
Who is blind, but my servant?
    Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send?
    Who is as blind as he who is at peace,
    and as blind as Yahweh’s servant?

Isaiah 42 [20.] You see many things, but don’t observe.
    His ears are open, but he doesn’t listen.
It pleased Yahweh, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify the law,
    and make it honorable.
But this is a robbed and plundered people.
    All of them are snared in holes,
    and they are hidden in prisons.
They have become captives, and no one delivers;
    and a plunder, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
Who is there among you who will give ear to this?
    Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
Who gave Jacob as plunder,
    and Israel to the robbers?
    Didn’t Yahweh, he against whom we have sinned?
    For they would not walk in his ways,
    and they disobeyed his law.

Isaiah 42 [25.] Therefore he poured the fierceness of his anger on him,
    and the strength of battle;
    and it set him on fire all around, but he didn’t know;
    and it burned him, but he didn’t take it to heart.” 

Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43 [1.] But now Yahweh who created you, Jacob,
    and he who formed you, Israel says:
“Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
    I have called you by your name.
    You are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned,
    and flame will not scorch you.
For I am Yahweh your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    your Savior.
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
    Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you have been precious and honored in my sight,
    and I have loved you;
    therefore I will give people in your place,
    and nations instead of your life.

Isaiah 43 [5.] Don’t be afraid; for I am with you.
    I will bring your offspring[a] from the east,
    and gather you from the west6 I will tell the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and tell the south, ‘Don’t hold them back!
    Bring my sons from far,
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth7 everyone who is called by my name,
    and whom I have created for my glory,
    whom I have formed,
    yes, whom I have made.’”

Isaiah 43 [8.] Bring out the blind people who have eyes,
    and the deaf who have ears.
Let all the nations be gathered together,
    and let the peoples be assembled.
Who among them can declare this,
    and show us former things?
Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified;
    or let them hear, and say, “That is true.”

Isaiah 43 [10.] “You are my witnesses,” says Yahweh,
    “With my servant whom I have chosen;
    that you may know and believe me,
    and understand that I am he.
Before me there was no God formed,
    neither will there be after me.
I myself am Yahweh;
    and besides me there is no savior.
I have declared, I have saved, and I have shown;
    and there was no strange god among you.
Therefore you are my witnesses”,
    says Yahweh, “and I am God.
Yes, since the day was I am he;
    and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand.
    I will work, and who can hinder it?”

Isaiah 43 [14.] Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: “For your sake, I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring all of them down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing. I am Yahweh, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”

[16.] Yahweh, who makes a way in the sea,

    and a path in the mighty waters says:

Isaiah 43 [17.] who brings out the chariot and horse,
    the army and the mighty man
    (they lie down together, they shall not rise;
    they are extinct, they are quenched like a wick):
“Don’t remember the former things,
    and don’t consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing.
    It springs out now.
    Don’t you know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
    and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43 [20.] The animals of the field shall honor me,
    the jackals and the ostriches;
because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,
    to give drink to my people, my chosen,
   the people which I formed for myself,
    that they might declare my praise.
Yet you have not called on me, Jacob;
    but you have been weary of me, Israel.
You have not brought me of your sheep for burnt offerings;
    neither have you honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
    nor wearied you with frankincense.
You have bought me no sweet cane with money,
    nor have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices;
but you have burdened me with your sins.
    You have wearied me with your iniquities.

Isaiah 43 [25.] I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake;
    and I will not remember your sins.
Put me in remembrance.
    Let us plead together.
Declare your case,
    that you may be justified.
Your first father sinned,
    and your teachers have transgressed against me.
Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary;
    and I will make Jacob a curse,
    and Israel an insult.” 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 43:5 or, seed.

Isaiah 44

Isaiah 44 [1.] Yet listen now, Jacob my servant,
    and Israel, whom I have chosen.
This is what Yahweh who made you,
    and formed you from the womb,
    who will help you says:
“Don’t be afraid, Jacob my servant;
    and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
    and streams on the dry ground.
I will pour my Spirit on your descendants,[a]
    and my blessing on your offspring:
and they will spring up among the grass,
    as willows by the watercourses.
One will say, ‘I am Yahweh’s;’
    and another will be called by the name of Jacob;
    and another will write with his hand ‘to Yahweh,’
    and honor the name of Israel.”

Isaiah 44 [6.] This is what Yahweh, the King of Israel,
    and his Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies, says:
“I am the first, and I am the last;
    and besides me there is no God.
Who is like me?
    Who will call,
    and will declare it,
    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.
Don’t fear,
    neither be afraid.
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 don’t know any other Rock.”

Isaiah 44 [9.] Everyone who makes an engraved image is vain.
    The things that they delight in will not profit.
    Their own witnesses don’t see, nor know, that they may be disappointed.
Who has fashioned a god,
    or molds an image that is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all his fellows will be disappointed;
    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.
The blacksmith takes an ax,
    works in the coals,
    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.
The carpenter stretches out a line.
    He marks it out with a pencil.
    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.
He cuts down cedars for himself,
    and takes the cypress and the oak,
    and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest.
He plants a cypress tree,
    and the rain nourishes it.

Isaiah 44 [15.] Then it will be for a man to burn;
    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 an engraved image, and falls down to it.
He burns part of it in the fire.
    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.”
The rest of it he makes into a god,
    even his engraved image.
He bows down to it and worships,
    and prays to it, and says, “Deliver me; for you are my god!”
They don’t know, neither do they consider:
    for he has shut their eyes, that they can’t see;
    and their hearts, that they can’t understand.
No one thinks,
    neither is there knowledge nor 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.
    Shall I make the rest of it into an abomination?
    Shall I bow down to a tree trunk?”

Isaiah 44 [20.] He feeds on ashes.
    A deceived heart has turned him aside;
    and he can’t deliver his soul,
    nor say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”
Remember these things, Jacob and Israel;
    for you are my servant.
    I have formed you.
    You are my servant.
    Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions,
    and, as a cloud, your sins.
    Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

Isaiah 44 [23.] Sing, you heavens, for Yahweh has done it!
    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.
Yahweh, your Redeemer,
    and he who formed you from the womb says:
“I am Yahweh, who makes all things;
    who alone stretches out the heavens;
    who spreads out the earth by myself;

Isaiah 44 [25.] who frustrates the signs of the liars,
    and makes diviners mad;
who turns wise men backward,
    and makes their knowledge foolish;
who confirms the word of his servant,
    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;’
who says to the deep, ‘Be dry,’
    and ‘I will dry up your rivers;’
Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure,’
    even saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built;’
    and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’” 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 44:3 or, seed

Isaiah 45

Isaiah 45 [1.] Yahweh says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him, and strip kings of their armor; to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut:

Isaiah 45 [2.] “I will go before you,
    and make the rough places smooth.
I will break the doors of brass in pieces,
    and cut apart the bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness,
    and hidden riches of secret places,
that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, who call you by your name,
    even the God of Israel.
For Jacob my servant’s sake,
    and Israel my chosen,
I have called you by your name.
    I have given you a title,
    though you have not known me.

Isaiah 45 [5.] I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
    Besides me, there is no God.
I will strengthen[a] you,
    though you have not known me;
that they may know from the rising of the sun,
    and from the west,
that there is no one besides me.
    I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
I form the light,
    and create darkness.
I make peace,
    and create calamity.
I am Yahweh,
    who does all these things.
Rain, you heavens, from above,
    and let the skies pour down righteousness.
Let the earth open, that it may produce salvation,
    and let it cause righteousness to spring up with it.
I, Yahweh, have created it.
Woe to him who strives with his Maker—
    a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth!
Shall the clay ask him who fashions it, ‘What are you making?’
    or your work, ‘He has no hands?’

Isaiah 45 [10.] Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What have you become the father of?’
    or to a mother, ‘To what have you given birth?’”
Yahweh, 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!
I have made the earth, and created man on it.
    I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens;
    and I have commanded all their army.
I have raised him up in righteousness,
    and I will make straight all his ways.
He shall build my city,
    and he shall let my exiles go free,
    not for price nor reward,” says Yahweh of Armies.
Yahweh says: “The labor of Egypt,
    and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
    and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you,
    and they shall be yours.
They will go after you.
    They shall 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 no one else.
    There is no other god.

Isaiah 45 [15.] Most certainly you are a God who hidden yourself,
    God of Israel, the Savior.’”
They will be disappointed,
    yes, confounded, all of them.
    Those who are makers of idols will go into confusion together.
Israel will be saved by Yahweh with an everlasting salvation.
    You will not be disappointed nor confounded to ages everlasting.
For Yahweh who created the heavens,
    the God who formed the earth and made it,
    who established it and didn’t create it a waste,
    who formed it to be inhabited says:
“I am Yahweh;
    and there is no other.
I have not spoken in secret,
    in a place of the land of darkness.
I didn’t say to the offspring[b] of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’
    I, Yahweh, speak righteousness.
    I declare things that are right.

Isaiah 45 [20.] “Assemble yourselves and come.
    Draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations.
Those have no knowledge who carry the wood of their engraved image,
    and pray to a god that can’t save.
Declare and present it.
    Yes, let them take counsel together.
Who has shown this from ancient time?
    Who has declared it of old?
    Haven’t I, Yahweh?
There is no other God besides me, a just God and a Savior;
    There is no one besides me.

Isaiah 45 [22.] “Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
I have sworn by myself.
    The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and will not be revoked,
that to me every knee shall bow,
    every tongue shall take an oath.
They will say of me,
    ‘There is righteousness and strength only in Yahweh.’”
Even to him shall men come;
    and all those who raged against him shall be disappointed.
Isaiah 45 [25.] All the offspring[c] of Israel will be justified in Yahweh,
    and will rejoice! 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 45:5 or, equip.
b. Isaiah 45:19 or, seed.
c. Isaiah 45:25 or, seed.

Isaiah 46

Isaiah 46 [1.] Bel bows down.
    Nebo stoops.
Their idols are carried by animals,
    and on the livestock.
The things that you carried around are heavy loads,
    a burden for the weary.
They stoop and they bow down together.
    They could not deliver the burden,
    but they have gone into captivity.

Isaiah 46 [3.] “Listen to me, house of Jacob,
    and all the remnant of the house of Israel,
that have been carried from their birth,
    that have been carried from the womb.
Even to old age I am he,
    and even to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear.
    Yes, I will carry, and will deliver.

Isaiah 46 [5.] “To whom will you liken me, and consider my equal,
    and compare me, that we may be equal?
Some pour out gold from the bag,
    and weigh silver in the balance.
They hire a goldsmith,
    and he makes it a god.
They fall down—
    yes, they worship.
They bear it on their shoulder.
    They carry it, and set it in its place, and it stands there.
    It cannot move from its place.
Yes, one may cry to it, yet it can not answer.
    It cannot save him out of his trouble.

Isaiah 46 [8.] “Remember this, and show yourselves men.
    Bring it to mind again, you transgressors.
Remember the former things of old:
    for I am God, and there is no other.
    I am God, and there is none like me.

Isaiah 46 [10.] I declare the end from the beginning,
    and from ancient times things that are not yet done.
I say: My counsel will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.
I call a ravenous bird from the east,
    the man of my counsel from a far country.
Yes, I have spoken.
    I will also bring it to pass.
I have planned.
    I will also do it.
Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
    who are far from righteousness!
I bring my righteousness near.
    It is not far off,
    and my salvation will not wait.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
    my glory to Israel. 

Isaiah 47

Isaiah 47 [1.] “Come down, and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon.

    Sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans.
    For you will no longer be called tender and delicate.
Take the millstones, and grind flour.
    Remove your veil, lift up your skirt, uncover your legs,
    and wade through the rivers.
Your nakedness will be uncovered.
    Yes, your shame will be seen.
I will take vengeance,
    and will spare no one.”

Isaiah 47 [4.] Our Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies is his name,
    is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 47 [5.] “Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
    daughter of the Chaldeans.
For you shall no longer be called
    the mistress of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people.
    I profaned my inheritance,
    and gave them into your hand.
You showed them no mercy.
    You laid a very heavy yoke on the aged.
You said, ‘I will be a princess forever;’
    so that you did not lay these things to your heart,
    nor did you remember the results.

Isaiah 47 [8.] “Now therefore hear this, you who are given to pleasures,
    who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
    ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.
I shall not sit as a widow,
    neither shall I know the loss of children.’
But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day,
    the loss of children and widowhood.
They will come on you in their full measure,
    in the multitude of your sorceries,
    and the great abundance of your enchantments.
For you have trusted in your wickedness.
    You have said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and your knowledge has perverted you.
    You have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
Therefore disaster will come on you.
    You won’t know when it dawns.
Mischief will fall on you.
    You won’t be able to put it away.
Desolation will come on you suddenly,
    which you don’t understand.

Isaiah 47 [12.] “Stand now with your enchantments,
    and with the multitude of your sorceries,
    in which you have labored from your youth;
as if you might profit;
    as if you might prevail.
You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels.
    Now let the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators, stand up and save you from the things that will come on you.
Behold, they shall are like stubble.
    The fire will burn them.
    They won’t deliver themselves from the power of the flame.
It won’t be a coal to warm at
    or a fire to sit by.
The things that you labored in will be like this:
    those who have trafficked with you from your youth will each wander in his own way.
    There will be no one to save you. 

Isaiah 48

Isaiah 48 [1.] “Hear this, house of Jacob,
    you who are called by the name of Israel,
    and have come out of the waters of Judah.
You swear by Yahweh’s name,
    and make mention of the God of Israel,
    but not in truth, nor in righteousness
(for they call themselves citizens of the holy city,
    and rely on the God of Israel;
    Yahweh of Armies is his name):
I have declared the former things from of old;
    yes, they went out of my mouth, and I revealed them.
    I did them suddenly, and they happened.
Because I knew that you are obstinate,
    and your neck is an iron sinew,
    and your brow brass;
therefore I have declared it to you from of old;
    before it came to pass I showed it to you;
    lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my engraved image, and my molten image, has commanded them.’

Isaiah 48 [6.] You have heard it;
    see all this.
    And you, won’t you declare it?

“I have shown you new things from this time,
    even hidden things, which you have not known.

Isaiah 48 [7.] They are created now, and not from of old;
    and before today you didn’t hear them;
    lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
Yes, you didn’t hear;
    yes, you didn’t know;
    yes, from of old your ear was not opened:
for I knew that you dealt very treacherously,
    and were called a transgressor from the womb.
For my name’s sake, I will defer my anger,
    and for my praise I hold it back for you,
    so that I don’t cut you off.
Behold, I have refined you,
    but not as silver.
    I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
For my own sake,
    for my own sake, I will do it;
for how would my name be profaned?
    I will not give my glory to another.

Isaiah 48 [12.] “Listen to me, O Jacob,
    and Israel my called:
I am he;
    I am the first,
    I am also the last.
Yes, my hand has laid the foundation of the earth,
    and my right hand has spread out the heavens.
    when I call to them, they stand up together.

Isaiah 48 [14.] “Assemble yourselves, all of you, and hear;
    who among them has declared these things?
He whom Yahweh loves will do what he likes to Babylon,
    and his arm will be against the Chaldeans.
I, even I, have spoken;
    yes, I have called him.
I have brought him,
    and he shall make his way prosperous.

Isaiah 48 [16.] “Come near to me and hear this:

“From the beginning I have not spoken in secret;
    from the time that it happened, I was there.”
Now the Lord Yahweh has sent me,
    with his Spirit.

Isaiah 48 [17.] Yahweh,
    your Redeemer,
    the Holy One of Israel says:
“I am Yahweh your God,
    who teaches you to profit,
    who leads you by the way that you should go.
Oh that you had listened to my commandments!
    Then your peace would have been like a river,
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Your offspring[a] also would have been as the sand,
    and the descendants of your body like its grains.
    His name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.”

Isaiah 48 [20.] Leave Babylon!
    Flee from the Chaldeans!
With a voice of singing announce this,
    tell it even to the end of the earth:
    say, “Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
They didn’t thirst when he led them through the deserts.
    He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them.
    He split the rock also, and the waters gushed out.

Isaiah 48 [22.] “There is no peace”, says Yahweh, “for the wicked.” 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 48:19 or, seed.

Isaiah 49

Isaiah 49 [1.] Listen, islands, to me.
    Listen, you peoples, from afar:
Yahweh has called me from the womb;
    from the inside of my mother he has mentioned my name.
He has made my mouth like a sharp sword.
    He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand.
He has made me a polished shaft.
    He has kept me close in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant;
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain.
    I have spent my strength in vain for nothing;
yet surely the justice due to me is with Yahweh,
    and my reward with my God.”

Isaiah 49 [5.] Now Yahweh says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
    to bring Jacob again to him,
    and to gather Israel to him,
    for I am honorable in Yahweh’s eyes,
    and my God has become my strength.
Indeed, he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
    and to restore the preserved of Israel?
I will also give you as a light to the nations,
    that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth.”
Yahweh, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
    says to him whom man despises, to him whom the nation abhors, to a servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and rise up;
    princes, and they shall worship;
    because of Yahweh who is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Yahweh says, “In an acceptable time I have answered you,
    and in a day of salvation I have helped you.
I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people,
    to raise up the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritage:
saying to those who are bound, ‘Come out!’;
    to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves!’
“They shall feed along the paths,
    and their pasture shall be on all treeless heights.

Isaiah 49 [10.] They shall not hunger nor thirst;
    neither shall the heat nor sun strike them:
    for he who has mercy on them will lead them.
    He will guide them by springs of water.
I will make all my mountains a road,
    and my highways shall be exalted.
Behold, these shall come from afar;
    and behold, these from the north and from the west;
    and these from the land of Sinim.”
Sing, heavens; and be joyful, earth;
    and break out into singing, mountains:
for Yahweh has comforted his people,
    and will have compassion on his afflicted.
But Zion said, “Yahweh has forsaken me,
    and the Lord has forgotten me.”

Isaiah 49 [15.] “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Yes, these may forget,
    yet I will not forget you!
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
    your walls are continually before me.
Your children hurry.
    Your destroyers and those who devastated you will leave you.
Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
    all these gather themselves together, and come to you.
As I live,” says Yahweh, “you shall surely clothe yourself with them all as with an ornament,
    and dress yourself with them, like a bride.
“For, as for your waste and your desolate places,
    and your land that has been destroyed,
surely now that land will be too small for the inhabitants,
    and those who swallowed you up will be far away.

Isaiah 49 [20.] The children of your bereavement will say in your ears,
    ‘This place is too small for me.
    Give me a place to live in.’
Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has conceived these for me, since I have been bereaved of my children,
    and am solitary, an exile, and wandering back and forth?
Who has brought these up?
    Behold, I was left alone. Where were these?’”
Thus says the Lord Yahweh, “Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
    and lift up my banner to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
    and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
Kings shall be your foster fathers,
    and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth,
    and lick the dust of your feet;
Then you will know that I am Yahweh;
    and those who wait for me shall not be disappointed.”
Shall the plunder be taken from the mighty,
    or the lawful captives be delivered?

Isaiah 49 [25.] But Yahweh says, “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
    and the plunder retrieved from the fierce;
for I will contend with him who contends with you,
    and I will save your children.
I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh;
    and they will be drunk on their own blood, as with sweet wine.
Then all flesh shall know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior,
    and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” 

Isaiah 50

Isaiah 50 [1.] Yahweh says, “Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce, with which I have put her away?
    or to which of my creditors have I sold you?
Behold, you were sold for your iniquities,
    and your mother was put away for your transgressions.
Why, when I came, was there no one?
    when I called, why was there no one to answer?
Is my hand shortened at all, that it can’t redeem?
    or have I no power to deliver?
Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea.
    I make the rivers a wilderness:
    their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst.
I clothe the heavens with blackness,
    and I make sackcloth their covering.”

Isaiah 50 [4.] The Lord Yahweh has given me the tongue of those who are taught,
    that I may know how to sustain with words him who is weary.
He wakens morning by morning,
    he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord Yahweh has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious.
    I have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
    and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair.
    I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord Yahweh will help me.
    Therefore I have not been confounded.
Therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be disappointed.
He who justifies me is near.
    Who will bring charges against me?
Let us stand up together.
    Who is my adversary?
    Let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord Yahweh will help me!
    Who is he who will condemn me?
Behold, they will all grow old like a garment.
    The moths will eat them up.
Isaiah 50 [10.] Who among you fears Yahweh,
    and obeys the voice of his servant?
He who walks in darkness,
    and has no light,
let him trust in Yahweh’s name,
    and rely on his God.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
    who adorn yourselves with torches around yourselves;
walk in the flame of your fire,
    and among the torches that you have kindled.
You will have this from my hand:

You will lie down in sorrow.