New American Standard Bible
The Blessings of Israel
1But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
2Thus says the LORD who made you
3For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
4And they will spring up among the grass
5This one will say, I am the LORDS;
6Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
7Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
8Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
12The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. 13Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house. 14Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow. 15Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it. 16Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire. 17But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god.
18They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood! 20He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
22I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
23Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!
24Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
25Causing the omens of boasters to fail,
26Confirming the word of His servant
27It is I who says to the depth of the sea, Be dried up!
28It is I who says of Cyrus, He is My shepherd!