God comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 44:1 Now, thenhear, O Jacob my Servant,and, Israel, whom I have chosen: Isaiah 44:2 Thus, saith YahwehWho made thee and formed thee from birth, Who helpeth thee: Do not fear, O my Servant Jacob, and Jeshurun, whom I have chosen; Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour, Water upon the thirsty soil, and, Floods upon the dry ground,I will pour, My spirit upon thy seed, and, My blessing upon thine offspring; Isaiah 44:4 So will they spring up among the grass, As willows by the water-courses: Isaiah 44:5 This one, will say, Yahweh's, am I, and, That one, will call himself by the name of Jacob, and, Yonder one, will write on his handYahweh's, And after the name of Israel, will one entitle himself. Isaiah 44:6 Thus, saith YahwehKing of Israel, Even his Redeemer, Yahweh of hosts,I, am, First, and, I, Last, And, besides me, there is, no God.
The vanity of idols,
Isaiah 44:7 Who, then, like me, can call, and declare it, and order it, for me, Seeing that I appointed an age-abiding people,Or, things yet to be, and that shall come to pass, Let them declare, on their, part. Isaiah 44:8 Do not ye dread, nor yet be alarmed, Have I not, from olden time, told thee and declared? So that, ye, are my witnesses,Whether there is, a GOD besides me? Or is no, RockI knew of none!
and folly of idol makers.
Isaiah 44:9 The fashioners of an imageall of them, are emptiness, And, the things they delight in, cannot profit,And, their witnesses, they, neither see nor know, That they may be ashamed. Isaiah 44:10 Who, hath fashioned a GOD, Or, an image, hath molten? It cannot profit! Isaiah 44:11 Lo! all his partners, turn pale, Even, the artificers themselves, are of the sons of earth,Let them gather themselves togetherall of them, Let them take their stand, Let them dread, and turn pale, together! Isaiah 44:12 As for the smith, [with his] cutting-tool,When he hath wrought in the live coals, And, with hammers, hath fashioned it,And hath wrought it with his strong, arm, Anon, he is hungry, and hath no, strength, He hath drunk no water, and so hath become faint! Isaiah 44:13 As for the carpenter,He hath stretched out a line, hath drawn it with a pencil, Hath made it with carving tools, With compasses, hath rounded it,And so hath made it after the figure of a great man, After the beauty of a son of earth, that it may remain in a house! Isaiah 44:14 When one was cutting him down cedars, Then took he a holm-tree, and an oak, And secured them for himself, among the trees of the forest,He planted a fir-tree, and the pouring rain made it grow; Isaiah 44:15 So it serveth for a man to burn, And he hath taken of [the branches] and warmed himself, Also, he kindleth a fire, and baketh bread,Also, he maketh a GOD, and hath bowed himself down, Hath made of it a carved image, and adored it: Isaiah 44:16 The half thereof, hath he burned in the fire, Over half thereof, he eateth, flesh, He roasteth roast, that he may be satisfied,Also, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen a blaze; Isaiah 44:17 And, the residue thereof, Into a GOD, he maketh, Into his carved image,Adoreth it, and boweth down, and prayeth unto it, And saith, Deliver me, for, my GOD, thou art! Isaiah 44:18 They have not taken note, neither can they perceive,He hath besmearedpast seeingtheir eyes, Past understanding, their hearts; Isaiah 44:19 And no one reflectethThere is neither knowledge nor discernmentto say, Half thereof, have I burned up in the fire, Moreover also, I have baked, on the coals thereof, bread, I roasted flesh, and have been eating,And, of the remainder thereof, an abomination, shall I make? And, to a log of wood, shall I pay adoration? Isaiah 44:20 He is feeding on ashes, A deluded heart, hath turned him aside,And he cannot deliver his own soul, nor say, Is there not a falsehood in my right hand?
He exhorteth to praise God for his redemption and omnipotency.
Isaiah 44:21 Remember these things, O Jacob, And, Israel,for, my Servant, thou art,I have fashioned thee, a Servant of mine, thou art. Isaiah 44:22 O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have wiped out, As with a thick cloud, thy transgressions, And as with a broad cloud, thy sins,Return unto me, for I have redeemed thee. Isaiah 44:23 Shout in triumph, ye heavens, for Yahweh, hath effectually wrought, Shout, O ye underparts of the earth, Ring out, Ye mountains, into cries of triumph, Thou forest, and every tree therein,For, Yahweh, hath redeemed, Jacob, And, in Israel, will he get himself glory. Isaiah 44:24 Thus, saith Yahweh, Who hath redeemed thee, Who hath fashioned thee from birth,IYahweh, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens, alone, Spreading forth the earth, of myself; Isaiah 44:25 Frustrating the signs of praters, And, diviners, he confoundeth,Turning wise men backwards, And, their knowledge, he maketh folly; Isaiah 44:26 Establishing the word of his Servant, And, the counsel of his Messengers, he maketh good,Who saith of JerusalemShe shall be inhabited! And of the cities of JudahThey shall be built! And, the ruins thereof, will I set up! Isaiah 44:27 Who saith to the deepBe dry! and, Thy rivers, will I drain! Isaiah 44:28 Who saith of CyrusMy Shepherd! and, All my pleasure, shall he make good! Even saying of JerusalemShe shall be built! And of the templeBe her foundation laid!