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ISAIAH

And taketh the ilex and the oak,
And strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of the forest;
He planteth a bay-tree, and the rain doth nourish it.
15Then a man useth it for fuel;
And he taketh thereof, and warmeth himself;
Yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread;
Yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it;
He maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
16He burneth the half thereof in the fire;
With the half thereof he eateth flesh;
He roasteth roast, and is satisfied;
Yea, he warmeth himself, and saith: 'Aha,
I am warm, I have seen the fire';
17And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image;
He falleth down unto it and worshippeth, and prayeth unto it,
And saith: 'Deliver me, for thou art my god.'
 
18They know not, neither do they understand;
For their eyes are bedaubed, that they cannot see,
And their hearts, that they cannot understand.
19And none considereth in his heart,
Neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say:
'I have burned the half of it in the fire;
Yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof;
I have roasted flesh and eaten it;
And shall I make the residue thereof an abomination?
Shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?'
20He striveth after ashes,
A deceived heart hath turned him aside,
That he cannot deliver his soul, nor say:
'Is there not a lie in my right hand?'
 
21Remember these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for thou art My servant;
I have formed thee, thou art Mine own servant;
O Israel, thou shouldest not forget Me.
22I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions,
And, as a cloud, thy sins;
Return unto Me, for I have redeemed thee.
23Sing, O ye heavens, for the Lord hath done it;
Shout, ye lowest parts of the earth;
Break forth into singing, ye mountains,
O forest, and every tree therein;
For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob,
And doth glorify Himself in Israel.
 
24Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer,
And He that formed thee from the womb:
I am the Lord, that maketh all things;
That stretched forth the heavens alone;
That spread abroad the earth by Myself;
25That frustrateth the tokens of the imposters,
And maketh diviners mad;
That turneth wise men backward,
And maketh their knowledge foolish;
26That confirmeth the word of His servant,
And performeth the counsel of His messengers;
That saith of Jerusalem: 'She shall be inhabited';

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