Bible Text & Cross-references:
God's favour to his Church. The folly of idolatry. The
people shall be delivered from captivity.
1 And *now hear, O Jacob, my servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 Thus saith the Lord, that made and formed thee, thy helper from the
womb: Fear not, O my servant, Jacob, and thou most righteous, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour out waters upon the thirsty ground, and streams upon
the dry land: I will pour out my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thy stock.
4 And they shall spring up among the herbs, as willows beside the running
5 One shall say: I am the Lord's, and another shall call himself by the
name of Jacob, and another shall subscribe with his hand, To the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
6 Thus saith the Lord, the king of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord
of hosts: *I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.
7 Who is like to me? let him call and declare: and let him set before
me the order, since I appointed the ancient people: and the things to come, and that shall be hereafter, let them shew unto
8 Fear ye not, neither be ye troubled, from that time I have made thee
to hear, and have declared: you are my witnesses. Is there a God besides me, a Maker, whom I have not known?
9 The makers of idols are all of them nothing; and their best beloved
things shall not profit them. They are their witnesses, that they do not see, nor understand, that they may be ashamed.
10 Who hath formed a god, and made a graven thing that is profitable
11 Behold, all the partakers thereof shall be confounded: for the makers
are men: they shall all assemble together, they shall stand and fear, and shall be confounded together.
12 *The smith hath wrought with his file, with coals, and with hammers
he hath formed it, and hath wrought with the strength of his arm: he shall hunger and faint, he shall drink no water, and
shall be weary.
13 The carpenter hath stretched out his rule, he hath formed it with
a plane: he hath made it with corners, and hath fashioned it round with the compass: and he hath made the image of a man as
it were a beautiful man dwelling in a house.
14 He hath cut down cedars, taken the holm, and the oak that stood among
the trees of the forest: he hath planted the pine-tree, which the rain hath nourished.
15 And it hath served men for fuel: he took thereof, and warmed himself:
and he kindled it, and baked bread: but of the rest he made a god, and adored it: he made a graven thing, and bowed down before
16 Part of it he burnt with fire, and with part of it he dressed his
meat: he boiled pottage, and was filled, and was warmed, and said: Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire.
17 But the residue thereof he made a god, and a graven thing for himself:
he boweth down before it, and adoreth it, and prayeth unto it, saying: Deliver me, for thou art my god.
18 They have not known, nor understood: for their eyes are covered, that
they may not see, and that they may not understand with their heart.
19 They do not consider in their mind, nor know, nor have the thought
to say: I have burnt part of it in the fire, and I have baked bread upon the coals thereof: I have broiled flesh, and have
eaten, and of the residue thereof shall I make an idol: shall I fall down before the stock of a tree?
20 Part thereof is ashes: his foolish heart adoreth it, and he will not
save his soul, nor say: Perhaps there is a lie in my right hand.
21 Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for thou art my servant.
I have formed thee, thou art my servant, O Israel, forget me not.
22 I have blotted out thy iniquities as a cloud, and thy sins as a mist:
return to me, for I have redeemed thee.
23 Give praise, O ye heavens, for the Lord hath shewn mercy: shout with
joy, ye ends of the earth: ye mountains, resound with praise, thou, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed
Jacob, and Israel shall be glorified.
24 Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, and thy Maker, from the womb: I
am the Lord, that make all things: that alone stretch out the heavens, that establish the earth, and there is none with me.
25 That make void the tokens of diviners, and make the soothsayers mad.
That turn the wise backward, and that make their knowledge foolish.
26 That raise up the word of my servant, and perform the counsel of my
messengers, who say to Jerusalem: Thou shalt be inhabited: and to the cities of Juda: You shall be built, and I will raise
up the wastes thereof.
27 Who say to the deep: Be thou desolate, and I will dry up thy rivers.
28 Who say to Cyrus: Thou art my shepherd, and thou shalt perform all
my pleasure. Who say to Jerusalem: Thou shalt be built: and to the temple: Thy foundations shall be laid.
1: Jeremias xxx. 10. and xlvi. 27.
6: Isaias xli. 4. and xlviii. 12.; Apocalypse i. 8. and 17. and
12: Wisdom xiii. 11.