Israel my chosen one.
Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant,
O dear Israel,a my chosen one.
and to irrigate your parched fields.
And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants,
and my blessing on your children.
like willows on a riverbank.
Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’
Some will write the LORD’s name on their hands
and will take the name of Israel as their own.”
The Foolishness of Idols
6 This is what the LORD says — Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies:
“I am the First and the Last;
there is no other God.
Let him step forward and prove to you his power.
Let him do as I have done since ancient times
when I established a people and explained its future.
Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?
You are my witnesses — is there any other God?
No! There is no other Rock — not one!”
These prized objects are really worthless.
The people who worship idols don’t know this,
so they are all put to shame.
an idol that cannot help him one bit?
along with all these craftsmen — mere humans —
who claim they can make a god.
They may all stand together,
but they will stand in terror and shame.
pounding and shaping it with all his might.
His work makes him hungry and weak.
It makes him thirsty and faint.
and draws a pattern on it.
He works with chisel and plane
and carves it into a human figure.
He gives it human beauty
and puts it in a little shrine.
he selects the cypress and the oak;
he plants the pine in the forest
to be nourished by the rain.
With it he warms himself and bakes his bread.
Then — yes, it’s true — he takes the rest of it
and makes himself a god to worship!
He makes an idol
and bows down in front of it!
and to keep himself warm.
He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.”
and makes his god: a carved idol!
He falls down in front of it,
worshiping and praying to it.
“Rescue me!” he says.
“You are my god!”
Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see.
Their minds are shut, and they cannot think.
“Why, it’s just a block of wood!
I burned half of it for heat
and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat.
How can the rest of it be a god?
Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?”
He trusts something that can’t help him at all.
Yet he cannot bring himself to ask,
“Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?”
Restoration for Jerusalem
for you are my servant, O Israel.
I, the LORD, made you,
and I will not forget you.
I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me,
for I have paid the price to set you free.”
Shout for joy, O depths of the earth!
Break into song,
O mountains and forests and every tree!
For the LORD has redeemed Jacob
and is glorified in Israel.
your Redeemer and Creator:
“I am the LORD, who made all things.
I alone stretched out the heavens.
Who was with me
when I made the earth?
and make fools of fortune-tellers.
I cause the wise to give bad advice,
thus proving them to be fools.
By them I say to Jerusalem, ‘People will live here again,’
and to the towns of Judah, ‘You will be rebuilt;
I will restore all your ruins!’
they will be dry.
he will certainly do as I say.
He will command, ‘Rebuild Jerusalem’;
he will say, ‘Restore the Temple.’”
Isaiah, 44 chapter. New Living Translation.