God comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 44:1 Yet now heare, O Iacob my seruant, and Israel whom I haue chosen. Isaiah 44:2 Thus sayeth the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the wombe, [which] wil helpe thee: Feare not, O Iacob, my seruant, and thou Iesurun, whom I haue chosen. Isaiah 44:3 For I will powre water vpon him that is thirstie, and floods vpon the dry ground: I will powre my spirit vpon thy seede, and my blessing vpon thine offspring: Isaiah 44:4 And they shall spring vp [as] among the grasse, as willowes by the water courses. Isaiah 44:5 One shall say, I [am] the LORDS: and another shall call himselfe by the name of Iacob: and another shall subscribe [with] his hand vnto the LORD, and surname himselfe by the name of Israel. Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the king of Israel and his redeemer the LORD of hostes, I [am] the first, and I [am] the last, and besides me [there is] no God.
The vanity of idols,
Isaiah 44:7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are comming, and shall come? let them shew vnto them. Isaiah 44:8 Feare yee not, neither be afraid: haue not I told thee from that time, and haue declared [it]? yee [are] euen my witnesses. Is there a God besides me? yea [there is] no God, I know not [any].
and folly of idol makers.
Isaiah 44:9 They that make a grauen image are all of them vanitie, and their delectable things shall not profit, and they [are] their owne witnesses, they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. Isaiah 44:10 Who hath formed a God, or moulten a grauen image that is profitable for nothing? Isaiah 44:11 Behold, all his fellowes shall be ashamed: and the workemen, they [are] of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand [vp; yet] they shal feare, [and] they shalbe ashamed together. Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tonges both worketh in the coales, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his armes: yea he is hungrie, and his strength faileth; hee drinketh no water, and is faint. Isaiah 44:13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule: he maketh it out with the line: he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compasse, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beautie of a man; that it may remaine in the house. Isaiah 44:14 He heweth him downe cedars, and taketh the Cypresse and the Oke, which he strengthneth for himselfe among the trees of the forrest: he planteth an Ashe, and the raine doth nourish it. Isaiah 44:15 Then shall it bee for a man to burne: for hee will take thereof and warme himselfe; yea he kindleth [it] and baketh bread; yea he maketh a God, and worshippeth it: he maketh it a grauen image, and falleth downe thereto. Isaiah 44:16 He burneth part thereof in the fire: with part thereof he eateth flesh: he rosteth rost, and is satisfied: yea hee warmeth [himselfe], and saith; Aha, I am warme, I haue seene the fire. Isaiah 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a God, [euen] his grauen image: hee falleth downe vnto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth vnto it, and saith; deliuer me, for thou [art] my God. Isaiah 44:18 They haue not knowen, nor vnderstood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; [and] their hearts, that they cannot vnderstand. Isaiah 44:19 And none considereth in his heart, neither [is there] knowledge nor vnderstanding to say; I haue burnt part of it in the fire, yea also I haue baked bread vpon the coales thereof: I haue rosted flesh and eaten [it]; and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall downe to the stocke of a tree? Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth of ashes: a deceiued heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliuer his soule, nor say; [Is there] not a lie in my right hand?
He exhorteth to praise God for his redemption and omnipotency.
Isaiah 44:21 Remember these (O Iacob and Israel) for thou [art] my seruant: I haue formed thee: thou [art] my seruant, O Israel; thou shalt not be forgotten of me. Isaiah 44:22 I haue blotted out, as a thicke cloude, thy transgressions, and as a a cloud, thy sinnes: returne vnto me, for I haue redeemed thee. Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O yee heauens; for the LORD hath done [it]: shout yee lower parts of the earth: breake forth into singing yee mountaines, O forrest and euery tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Iacob, and glorified himselfe in Israel. Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the LORD thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the wombe; I [am] the LORD that maketh all things, that stretcheth forth the heauens alone, that spreadeth abroad the earth by my selfe: Isaiah 44:25 That frustrateth the tokens of the lyers, and maketh diuiners mad, that turneth wisemen backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish: Isaiah 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his seruant, and performeth the counsell of his messengers, that saith to Ierusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Iudah, Yee shall be built, and I will raise vp the decayed places thereof. Isaiah 44:27 That saith to the deepe; Be dry, and I will drie vp thy riuers. Isaiah 44:28 That saith of Cyrus, [Hee is] my shepheard, and shall performe all my pleasure, euen saying to Ierusalem, Thou shalt be built, and to the Temple, Thy foundation shalbe laid.