45:8 O sky, rain down from above!
Let the clouds send down showers16 of deliverance!
Let the earth absorb it17 so salvation may grow,18
and deliverance may sprout up19 along with it.
I, the Lord, create it.20

The Lord Gives a Warning

45:9 One who argues with his creator is in great danger,21
one who is like a mere22 shard among the other shards on the ground!
The clay should not say to the potter,23
“What in the world24 are you doing?
Your work lacks skill!”25
45:10 Danger awaits one who says26 to his father,
“What in the world27 are you fathering?”
and to his mother,
“What in the world28 are you bringing forth?”29

45:11 This is what the Lord says,
the sovereign king of Israel,30 the one who brings the future into being:31
“How dare you question me32 about my children!
How dare you tell me what to do with33 the work of my own hands!
45:12 I made the earth,
I created the people who live34 on it.
It was me35—my hands stretched out the sky,36
I give orders to all the heavenly lights.37
45:13 It is me38—I stir him up and commission him;39
I will make all his ways level.
He will rebuild my city;
he will send my exiled people home,
but not for a price or a bribe,”
says the Lord who leads armies.

The Lord is the Nations’ Only Hope

45:14 This is what the Lord says:
“The profit40 of Egypt and the revenue41 of Ethiopia,
along with the Sabeans, those tall men,
will be brought to you42 and become yours.
They will walk behind you, coming along in chains.43
They will bow down to you
and pray to you:44
‘Truly God is with45 you; he has no peer;46
there is no other God!’”
45:15 Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden,
O God of Israel, deliverer!
45:16 They will all be ashamed and embarrassed;
those who fashion idols will all be humiliated.47
45:17 Israel will be delivered once and for all by the Lord;48
you will never again be ashamed or humiliated.49
45:18 For this is what the Lord says,
the one who created the sky—
he is the true God,50
the one who formed the earth and made it;
he established it,
he did not create it without order,51
he formed it to be inhabited—
“I am the Lord, I have no peer.52

45:19 I have not spoken in secret,
in some hidden place.53
I did not tell Jacob’s descendants,
‘Seek me in vain.’54
I am the Lord,
the one who speaks honestly,
who makes reliable announcements.55

45:20 Gather together and come!

Approach together, you refugees from the nations!
Those who carry wooden idols know nothing,
those who pray to a god that cannot deliver.
45:21 Tell me! Present the evidence!56
Let them consult with one another!
Who predicted this in the past?
Who announced it beforehand?
Was it not I, the Lord?
I have no peer,57 there is no God but me,
a God who vindicates and delivers;58
there is none but me.
45:22 Turn to me so you can be delivered,59
all you who live in the earth’s remote regions!
For I am God, and I have no peer.60
45:23 I solemnly make this oath61
what I say is true and reliable:62
‘Surely every knee will bow to me,
every tongue will solemnly affirm;63
45:24 they will say about me,
“Yes, the Lord is a powerful deliverer.”’”64
All who are angry at him will cower before him.65
45:25 All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the Lord
and boast in him.66

The Lord Will Vindicate His Servant

52:13 “Look, my servant will succeed!19
He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted.20
52:14 Just as many were horrified by the sight of you21
he was so disfigured22 he no longer looked like a man;23
52:15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human24
so now25 he will startle26 many nations.
Kings will be shocked by his exaltation,27
for they will witness something unannounced to them,
and they will understand something they had not heard about.
53:1 Who would have believed1 what we2 just heard?3
When4 was the Lord’s power5 revealed through him?
53:2 He sprouted up like a twig before God,6
like a root out of parched soil;7
he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention,8
no special appearance that we should want to follow him.9
53:3 He was despised and rejected by people,10
one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness;
people hid their faces from him;11
he was despised, and we considered him insignificant.12
53:4 But he lifted up our illnesses,
he carried our pain;13
even though we thought he was being punished,
attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done.14
53:5 He was wounded because of15 our rebellious deeds,
crushed because of16 our sins;
he endured punishment that made us well;17
because of his wounds we have been healed.18

53:6 All of us had wandered off like sheep;
each of us had strayed off on his own path,
but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.19
53:7 He was treated harshly and afflicted,20
but he did not even open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block,
like a sheep silent before her shearers,
he did not even open his mouth.21
53:8 He was led away after an unjust trial22
but who even cared?23

Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living;24
because of the rebellion of his own25 people he was wounded.
53:9 They intended to bury him with criminals,26
but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb,27
because28 he had committed no violent deeds,
nor had he spoken deceitfully.
53:10 Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill,
once restitution is made,29
he will see descendants and enjoy long life,30
and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him.

53:11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,
he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done.31
“My servant32 will acquit many,33
for he carried their sins.34
53:12 So I will assign him a portion with the mighty,
he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful,35
because he willingly submitted36 to death
and was numbered with the rebels,
when he lifted up the sin of many
and intervened 37 on behalf of the rebels.”