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Isaiah 44 Modern English Version (MEV)

God’s Blessing on Jacob

44 Yet now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
    and Israel, whom I have chosen.
Thus says the Lord
    who made you, and formed you from the womb,
    who will help you:
Do not fear, O Jacob, My servant, and you,
    Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
    and floods on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants,
    and My blessing on your offspring;
and they shall spring up as among the grass,
    as willows by the water courses.
One will say, “I am the Lord’s”;
    another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
and another will write on his hand, “Belonging to the Lord,”
    and name himself by the name of Israel.

Idolatry Condemned

Thus says the Lord the King of Israel,
    and his Redeemer the Lord of Hosts:
I am the first, and I am the last;
    besides Me there is no God.
Who is like Me? Let him proclaim
    and declare it, and recount it in order for Me,
since I appointed the ancient people.
    And let them declare to them the things that are coming,
    and shall come.
Do not fear, nor be afraid;
    have I not told you from of old, and declared it?
    You are My witnesses!
Is there a God besides Me?
    There is no Rock; I know not any.

Those who make a graven image are, all of them, vain,
    and their delectable things shall not profit;
and they are their own witnesses;
    they do not see nor know, that they may be ashamed.
10 Who has formed a god or molded a graven image
    that is profitable for nothing?
11 All his companions shall be ashamed;
    and the workmen, they are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together; let them stand up,
    yet they shall fear; they shall be ashamed together.

12 The smith with the tongs
    both works in the coals
and fashions it with hammers,
    and works it with the strength of his arms.
He becomes hungry, and his strength fails;
    He drinks no water and is faint.
13 The carpenter stretches out his measuring line;
    he marks it out with a line;
he fits it with planes,
    and he marks it out with the compass,
and makes it after the figure of a man,
    according to the beauty of a man,
    that it may remain in the house.
14 He hews down cedars for himself,
    and takes the cypress and the oak,
which he raises for himself among the trees of the forest.
    He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.
15 Then it shall be for a man to burn,
    for he will take some of it and warm himself;
    he kindles it and bakes bread;
he also makes a god and worships it;
    he makes it a graven image and bows down to it.
16 He burns half of it in the fire;
    over this half he eats meat;
    he roasts it and is satisfied.
Also he warms himself and says,
    “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire.”
17 And the rest he makes into a god, even his carved image.
    He falls down to it, and worships it,
and prays to it, and says,
    “Deliver me, for you are my god.”
18 They have not known nor understood;
    for He has shut their eyes so that they cannot see,
    and their hearts so that they cannot understand.
19 No one considers in his heart,
    nor is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
“I have burned part of it in the fire;
    I also have baked bread on the coals;
    I have roasted meat and eaten it;
and shall I make the rest into an abomination?
    Shall I fall down to a block of wood?”
20 He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside
    so that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say,
    “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

Israel Not Forgotten

21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
    and Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you; you are My servant;
    O Israel, you shall not be forgotten by Me.
22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud,
    your transgressions, and your sins, as a cloud.
Return to Me,
    for I have redeemed you.

23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it.
    Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
break forth into singing, you mountains,
    O forest, and every tree in it.
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
    and glorified Himself in Israel.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 Thus says the Lord,
    your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb:

I am the Lord
    who makes all things,
    who stretches out the heavens alone,
    who spreads abroad the earth by Myself,
25 who frustrates the omens of the boasters
    and makes fools out of diviners,
who turns wise men backward
    and makes their knowledge foolish,
26 who confirms the word of His servant
    and performs the counsel of His messengers,

who says to Jerusalem, “You shall be inhabited,”
    and to the cities of Judah, “You shall be built.”
    And I will raise up her ruins again;
27 it is I who says to the deep, “Be dried up!”
    And I will dry up your rivers;
28 it is I who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd,
    and shall perform all My desire”;
    and he declares to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,”
    and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Isaiah 44 New International Version (NIV)

Israel the Chosen

44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
    Israel, whom I have chosen.
This is what the Lord says—
    he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
    and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
    Jeshurun,[a] whom I have chosen.
For 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.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
    like poplar trees by flowing streams.
Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
    others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
    and will take the name Israel.

The Lord, Not Idols

“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.
Who 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 them foretell what will come.
Do 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.”

All 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.
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
    which can profit nothing?
11 People who do that will be put to shame;
    such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
    they will be brought down to terror and shame.

12 The 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.
13 The 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 human form,
    human form in all its glory,
    that it may dwell in a shrine.
14 He 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.
15 It is used as 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.
16 Half 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.
17 From 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!”
18 They know nothing, they understand nothing;
    their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
    and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No 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?”
20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?

21 “Remember these things, Jacob,
    for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
    Israel, I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
    for I have redeemed you.”

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
    shout aloud, you 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.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 “This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,
    who spreads out the earth by myself,
25 who foils the signs of false prophets
    and makes fools of diviners,
who overthrows the learning of the wise
    and turns it into nonsense,
26 who 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 rebuilt,’
    and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’
27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry,
    and I will dry up your streams,’
28 who 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.”’

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 44:2 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.
New International Version (NIV)

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