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Passage Lookup: Isaiah 44

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Isaiah 44:1
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"But now listen, Jacob, my servant,(a) Israel, whom I have chosen.(b)
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Isaiah 44:2
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This is what the Lord says— he who made(c) you, who formed you in the womb,(d) and who will help(e) you: Do not be afraid,(f) Jacob, my servant,(g) Jeshurun,[a](h) whom I have chosen.
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Isaiah 44:3
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For I will pour water(i) on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;(j) I will pour out my Spirit(k) on your offspring, and my blessing(l) on your descendants.(m)
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Isaiah 44:4
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They will spring up like grass(n) in a meadow, like poplar trees(o) by flowing streams.(p)
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Isaiah 44:5
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Some will say, ‘I belong(q) to the Lord '; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand,(r) ‘The Lord 's,'(s) and will take the name Israel.
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Isaiah 44:6
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"This is what the Lord says— Israel's King(t) and Redeemer,(u) the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last;(v) apart from me there is no God.(w)
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Isaiah 44:7
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Who then is like me?(x) 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(y) what will come.
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Isaiah 44:8
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Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim(z) this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God(aa) besides me? No, there is no other Rock;(ab) I know not one."
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Isaiah 44:9
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All who make idols(ac) are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.(ad) Those who would speak up for them are blind;(ae) they are ignorant, to their own shame.(af)
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Isaiah 44:10
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Who shapes a god and casts an idol,(ag) which can profit nothing?(ah)
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Isaiah 44:11
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People who do that will be put to shame;(ai) such craftsmen are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame.(aj)
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Isaiah 44:12
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The blacksmith(ak) 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.(al) He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.(am)
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Isaiah 44:13
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The carpenter(an) 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,(ao) human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.(ap)
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Isaiah 44:14
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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,(aq) and the rain made it grow.
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Isaiah 44:15
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It is used as fuel(ar) 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(as) it; he makes an idol and bows(at) down to it.
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Isaiah 44:16
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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.(au)"
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Isaiah 44:17
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From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.(av) He prays(aw) to it and says, "Save(ax) me! You are my god!"
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Isaiah 44:18
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They know nothing, they understand(ay) nothing; their eyes(az) are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
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Isaiah 44:19
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No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding(ba) to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;(bb) I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable(bc) thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"(bd)
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Isaiah 44:20
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Such a person feeds on ashes;(be) a deluded(bf) heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?(bg)"
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Isaiah 44:21
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"Remember(bh) these things, Jacob, for you, Israel, are my servant.(bi) I have made you, you are my servant;(bj) Israel, I will not forget you.(bk)
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Isaiah 44:22
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I have swept away(bl) your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return(bm) to me, for I have redeemed(bn) you."
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Isaiah 44:23
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Sing for joy,(bo) you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth(bp) beneath. Burst into song, you mountains,(bq) you forests and all your trees,(br) for the Lord has redeemed(bs) Jacob, he displays his glory(bt) in Israel.
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Isaiah 44:24
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"This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer,(bu) who formed(bv) you in the womb:(bw) I am the Lord , the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens,(bx) who spreads out the earth(by) by myself,
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Isaiah 44:25
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who foils(bz) the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners,(ca) who overthrows the learning of the wise(cb) and turns it into nonsense,(cc)
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Isaiah 44:26
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who carries out the words(cd) of his servants and fulfills(ce) the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem,(cf) ‘It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,' and of their ruins,(cg) ‘I will restore them,'(ch)
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Isaiah 44:27
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who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up(ci) your streams,'
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Isaiah 44:28
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who says of Cyrus,(cj) ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem,(ck) "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple,(cl) "Let its foundations(cm) be laid."'
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