sky, rain down from above!
Let the clouds send down showers16
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
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
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
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
This is what the Lord says:
of Egypt and the revenue41
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
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
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
Gather together and come!
Approach together, you refugees from
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
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
“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
he will startle26
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
was the Lord’s power5
revealed through him?
53:2 He sprouted up like a twig before
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
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
he endured punishment that made us well;17
because of his wounds we have been healed.18
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
because of the rebellion of his own25
people he was wounded.
53:9 They intended to bury him with
but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb,27
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
he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done.31
will acquit many,33
for he carried their sins.34
53:12 So I will assign him a portion with
he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful,35
because he willingly submitted36
and was numbered with the rebels,
when he lifted up the sin of many
and intervened 37
on behalf of the rebels.”