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August 18 - Straight Thru the Bible

 

Isaiah 45-49

Chapter 45

1 "This is what the Lord says to his anointed,(a)
     to Cyrus,(b) whose right hand I take hold(c) of
to subdue nations(d) before him
     and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
     so that gates will not be shut:
2 I will go before you(e)
     and will level(f) the mountains[a];
I will break down gates(g) of bronze
     and cut through bars of iron.(h)
3 I will give you hidden treasures,(i)
     riches stored in secret places,(j)
so that you may know(k) that I am the Lord ,
     the God of Israel, who summons you by name.(l)
4 For the sake of Jacob my servant,(m)
     of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
     and bestow on you a title of honor,
     though you do not acknowledge(n) me.
5 I am the Lord , and there is no other;(o)
     apart from me there is no God.(p)
I will strengthen you,(q)
     though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun
     to the place of its setting(r)
people may know(s) there is none besides me.(t)
     I am the Lord , and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness,(u)
     I bring prosperity and create disaster;(v)
     I, the Lord , do all these things.

8 "You heavens above, rain(w) down my righteousness;(x)
     let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
     let salvation(y) spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
     I, the Lord , have created it.

9 "Woe to those who quarrel(z) with their Maker,(aa)
     those who are nothing but potsherds(ab)
     among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,(ac)
     ‘What are you making?'(ad)
Does your work say,
     ‘The potter has no hands'?(ae)
10 Woe to the one who says to a father,
     ‘What have you begotten?'
or to a mother,
     ‘What have you brought to birth?'

11 "This is what the Lord says—
     the Holy One(af) of Israel, and its Maker:(ag)
Concerning things to come,
     do you question me about my children,
     or give me orders about the work of my hands?(ah)
12 It is I who made the earth(ai)
     and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;(aj)
     I marshaled their starry hosts.(ak)
13 I will raise up Cyrus[b](al) in my righteousness:
     I will make all his ways straight.(am)
He will rebuild my city(an)
     and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(ao)
     says the Lord Almighty."

14 This is what the Lord says:

"The products(ap) of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[c]
     and those tall Sabeans(aq)
they will come over to you(ar)
     and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you,(as)
     coming over to you in chains.(at)
They will bow down before you
     and plead(au) with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you,(av) and there is no other;
     there is no other god.(aw)'"

15 Truly you are a God who has been hiding(ax) himself,
     the God and Savior(ay) of Israel.
16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;(az)
     they will go off into disgrace together.
17 But Israel will be saved(ba) by the Lord
     with an everlasting salvation;(bb)
you will never be put to shame or disgraced,(bc)
     to ages everlasting.

18 For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
     he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,(bd)
     he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,(be)
     but formed it to be inhabited(bf)
he says:
"I am the Lord ,
     and there is no other.(bg)
19 I have not spoken in secret,(bh)
     from somewhere in a land of darkness;(bi)
I have not said to Jacob's descendants,(bj)
     ‘Seek(bk) me in vain.'
I, the Lord , speak the truth;
     I declare what is right.(bl)

20 "Gather together(bm) and come;
     assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant(bn) are those who carry(bo) about idols of wood,
     who pray to gods that cannot save.(bp)
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
     let them take counsel together.
Who foretold(bq) this long ago,
     who declared it from the distant past?(br)
Was it not I, the Lord ?
     And there is no God apart from me,(bs)
a righteous God(bt) and a Savior;(bu)
     there is none but me.

22 "Turn(bv) to me and be saved,(bw)
     all you ends of the earth;(bx)
     for I am God, and there is no other.(by)
23 By myself I have sworn,(bz)
     my mouth has uttered in all integrity(ca)
     a word that will not be revoked:(cb)
Before me every knee will bow;(cc)
     by me every tongue will swear.(cd)
24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
     are deliverance(ce) and strength.(cf)'"
All who have raged against him
     will come to him and be put to shame.(cg)
25 But all the descendants(ch) of Israel
     will find deliverance(ci) in the Lord
     and will make their boast in him.(cj)

Chapter 46

Gods of Babylon

1 Bel(a) bows down, Nebo stoops low;
     their idols(b) are borne by beasts of burden.[a]
The images that are carried(c) about are burdensome,
     a burden for the weary.
2 They stoop and bow down together;
     unable to rescue the burden,
     they themselves go off into captivity.(d)

3 "Listen(e) to me, you descendants of Jacob,
     all the remnant(f) of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,(g)
     and have carried(h) since you were born.(i)
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs(j)
     I am he,(k) I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
     I will sustain(l) you and I will rescue you.

5 "With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
     To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?(m)
6 Some pour out gold from their bags
     and weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmith(n) to make it into a god,
     and they bow down and worship it.(o)
7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry(p) it;
     they set it up in its place, and there it stands.
     From that spot it cannot move.(q)
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;(r)
     it cannot save(s) them from their troubles.

8 "Remember(t) this, keep it in mind,
     take it to heart, you rebels.(u)
9 Remember the former things,(v) those of long ago;(w)
     I am God, and there is no other;
     I am God, and there is none like me.(x)
10 I make known the end from the beginning,(y)
     from ancient times,(z) what is still to come.(aa)
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,(ab)
     and I will do all that I please.'
11 From the east I summon(ac) a bird of prey;(ad)
     from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
     what I have planned,(ae) that I will do.(af)
12 Listen(ag) to me, you stubborn-hearted,(ah)
     you who are now far from my righteousness.(ai)
13 I am bringing my righteousness(aj) near,
     it is not far away;
     and my salvation(ak) will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,(al)
     my splendor(am) to Israel.

Chapter 47

The Fall of Babylon

1 "Go down, sit in the dust,(a)
     Virgin Daughter(b) Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
     queen city of the Babylonians.[a](c)
No more will you be called
     tender or delicate.(d)
2 Take millstones(e) and grind(f) flour;
     take off your veil.(g)
Lift up your skirts,(h) bare your legs,
     and wade through the streams.
3 Your nakedness(i) will be exposed
     and your shame(j) uncovered.
I will take vengeance;(k)
     I will spare no one.(l)"

4 Our Redeemer(m)—the Lord Almighty(n) is his name(o)
     is the Holy One(p) of Israel.

5 "Sit in silence,(q) go into darkness,(r)
     queen city of the Babylonians;(s)
no more will you be called
     queen(t) of kingdoms.(u)
6 I was angry(v) with my people
     and desecrated my inheritance;(w)
I gave them into your hand,(x)
     and you showed them no mercy.(y)
Even on the aged
     you laid a very heavy yoke.
7 You said, ‘I am forever(z)
     the eternal queen!'(aa)
But you did not consider these things
     or reflect(ab) on what might happen.(ac)

8 "Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
     lounging in your security(ad)
and saying to yourself,
     ‘I am, and there is none besides me.(ae)
I will never be a widow(af)
     or suffer the loss of children.'
9 Both of these will overtake you
     in a moment,(ag) on a single day:
     loss of children(ah) and widowhood.(ai)
They will come upon you in full measure,
     in spite of your many sorceries(aj)
     and all your potent spells.(ak)
10 You have trusted(al) in your wickedness
     and have said, ‘No one sees me.'(am)
Your wisdom(an) and knowledge mislead(ao) you
     when you say to yourself,
     ‘I am, and there is none besides me.'
11 Disaster(ap) will come upon you,
     and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
     that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
     will suddenly(aq) come upon you.

12 "Keep on, then, with your magic spells
     and with your many sorceries,(ar)
     which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
     perhaps you will cause terror.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!(as)
     Let your astrologers(at) come forward,
those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
     let them save(au) you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble;(av)
     the fire(aw) will burn them up.
They cannot even save themselves
     from the power of the flame.(ax)
These are not coals for warmth;
     this is not a fire to sit by.
15 That is all they are to you—
     these you have dealt with
     and labored(ay) with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
     there is not one that can save(az) you.

Chapter 48

Stubborn Israel

1 "Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,
     you who are called by the name of Israel(a)
     and come from the line of Judah,(b)
you who take oaths(c) in the name of the Lord (d)
     and invoke(e) the God of Israel—
     but not in truth(f) or righteousness—
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city(g)
     and claim to rely(h) on the God of Israel—
     the Lord Almighty is his name:(i)
3 I foretold the former things(j) long ago,
     my mouth announced(k) them and I made them known;
     then suddenly(l) I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn(m) you were;
     your neck muscles(n) were iron,
     your forehead(o) was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
     before they happened I announced(p) them to you
so that you could not say,
     ‘My images brought them about;(q)
     my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
6 You have heard these things; look at them all.
     Will you not admit them?

"From now on I will tell you of new things,(r)
     of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created(s) now, and not long ago;(t)
     you have not heard of them before today.
So you cannot say,
     ‘Yes, I knew(u) of them.'
8 You have neither heard nor understood;(v)
     from of old your ears(w) have not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous(x) you are;
     you were called a rebel(y) from birth.
9 For my own name's sake(z) I delay my wrath;(aa)
     for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,
     so as not to destroy you completely.(ab)
10 See, I have refined(ac) you, though not as silver;
     I have tested(ad) you in the furnace(ae) of affliction.
11 For my own sake,(af) for my own sake, I do this.
     How can I let myself be defamed?(ag)
     I will not yield my glory to another.(ah)

Israel Freed

12 "Listen(ai) to me, Jacob,
     Israel, whom I have called:(aj)
I am he;(ak)
     I am the first and I am the last.(al)
13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,(am)
     and my right hand spread out the heavens;(an)
when I summon them,
     they all stand up together.(ao)

14 "Come together,(ap) all of you, and listen:
     Which of the idols has foretold(aq) these things?
The Lord 's chosen ally(ar)
     will carry out his purpose(as) against Babylon;(at)
     his arm will be against the Babylonians.[a]
15 I, even I, have spoken;
     yes, I have called(au) him.
I will bring him,
     and he will succeed(av) in his mission.

16 "Come near(aw) me and listen(ax) to this:

"From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;(ay)
     at the time it happens, I am there."

And now the Sovereign Lord (az) has sent(ba) me,
     endowed with his Spirit.(bb)

17 This is what the Lord says—
     your Redeemer,(bc) the Holy One(bd) of Israel:
"I am the Lord your God,
     who teaches(be) you what is best for you,
     who directs(bf) you in the way(bg) you should go.
18 If only you had paid attention(bh) to my commands,
     your peace(bi) would have been like a river,(bj)
     your well-being(bk) like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants(bl) would have been like the sand,(bm)
     your children like its numberless grains;(bn)
their name would never be blotted out(bo)
     nor destroyed from before me."

20 Leave Babylon,
     flee(bp) from the Babylonians!
Announce this with shouts of joy(bq)
     and proclaim it.
Send it out to the ends of the earth;(br)
     say, "The Lord has redeemed(bs) his servant Jacob."
21 They did not thirst(bt) when he led them through the deserts;
     he made water flow(bu) for them from the rock;
he split the rock
     and water gushed out.(bv)

22 "There is no peace,"(bw) says the Lord , "for the wicked."(bx)

Chapter 49

The Servant of the Lord

1 Listen(a) to me, you islands;(b)
     hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born(c) the Lord called(d) me;
     from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.(e)
2 He made my mouth(f) like a sharpened sword,(g)
     in the shadow of his hand(h) he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow(i)
     and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, "You are my servant,(j)
     Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.(k)"
4 But I said, "I have labored in vain;(l)
     I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord 's hand,(m)
     and my reward(n) is with my God."(o)

5 And now the Lord says—
     he who formed me in the womb(p) to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
     and gather Israel(q) to himself,
for I am[a] honored(r) in the eyes of the Lord
     and my God has been my strength(s)
6 he says:
"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant(t)
     to restore the tribes of Jacob
     and bring back those of Israel I have kept.(u)
I will also make you a light(v) for the Gentiles,(w)
     that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."(x)

7 This is what the Lord says—
     the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel(y)
to him who was despised(z) and abhorred by the nation,
     to the servant of rulers:
"Kings(aa) will see you and stand up,
     princes will see and bow down,(ab)
because of the Lord , who is faithful,(ac)
     the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen(ad) you."

Restoration of Israel

8 This is what the Lord says:

"In the time of my favor(ae) I will answer you,
     and in the day of salvation I will help you;(af)
I will keep(ag) you and will make you
     to be a covenant for the people,(ah)
to restore the land(ai)
     and to reassign its desolate inheritances,(aj)
9 to say to the captives,(ak) ‘Come out,'
     and to those in darkness,(al) ‘Be free!'

"They will feed beside the roads
     and find pasture on every barren hill.(am)
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst,(an)
     nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.(ao)
He who has compassion(ap) on them will guide(aq) them
     and lead them beside springs(ar) of water.
11 I will turn all my mountains into roads,
     and my highways(as) will be raised up.(at)
12 See, they will come from afar(au)
     some from the north, some from the west,(av)
     some from the region of Aswan.[b]"

13 Shout for joy,(aw) you heavens;
     rejoice, you earth;(ax)
     burst into song, you mountains!(ay)
For the Lord comforts(az) his people
     and will have compassion(ba) on his afflicted ones.(bb)

14 But Zion(bc) said, "The Lord has forsaken(bd) me,
     the Lord has forgotten me."

15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
     and have no compassion on the child(be) she has borne?
Though she may forget,
     I will not forget you!(bf)
16 See, I have engraved(bg) you on the palms of my hands;
     your walls(bh) are ever before me.
17 Your children hasten back,
     and those who laid you waste(bi) depart from you.
18 Lift up your eyes and look around;
     all your children gather(bj) and come to you.
As surely as I live,(bk)" declares the Lord ,
     "you will wear(bl) them all as ornaments;
     you will put them on, like a bride.

19 "Though you were ruined and made desolate(bm)
     and your land laid waste,(bn)
now you will be too small for your people,(bo)
     and those who devoured(bp) you will be far away.
20 The children born during your bereavement
     will yet say in your hearing,
‘This place is too small for us;
     give us more space to live in.'(bq)
21 Then you will say in your heart,
     ‘Who bore me these?(br)
I was bereaved(bs) and barren;
     I was exiled and rejected.(bt)
     Who brought these(bu) up?
I was left(bv) all alone,(bw)
     but these—where have they come from?'"

22 This is what the Sovereign Lord (bx) says:

"See, I will beckon to the nations,
     I will lift up my banner(by) to the peoples;
they will bring(bz) your sons in their arms
     and carry your daughters on their hips.(ca)
23 Kings(cb) will be your foster fathers,
     and their queens your nursing mothers.(cc)
They will bow down(cd) before you with their faces to the ground;
     they will lick the dust(ce) at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord ;(cf)
     those who hope(cg) in me will not be disappointed.(ch)"

24 Can plunder be taken from warriors,(ci)
     or captives be rescued from the fierce[c]?

25 But this is what the Lord says:

"Yes, captives(cj) will be taken from warriors,(ck)
     and plunder retrieved from the fierce;(cl)
I will contend with those who contend with you,(cm)
     and your children I will save.(cn)
26 I will make your oppressors(co) eat(cp) their own flesh;
     they will be drunk on their own blood,(cq) as with wine.
Then all mankind will know(cr)
     that I, the Lord , am your Savior,(cs)
     your Redeemer,(ct) the Mighty One of Jacob.(cu)"

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