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Isaiah 44

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1 νῦν δὲ ἄκουσον παῖς μου Ιακωβ καὶ Ισραηλ ὃν ἐξελεξάμην 2 οὕτως λέγει κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὁ ποιήσας σε καὶ ὁ πλάσας σε ἐκ κοιλίας ἔτι βοηθηθήσῃ μὴ φοβοῦ παῖς μου Ιακωβ καὶ ὁ ἠγαπημένος Ισραηλ ὃν ἐξελεξάμην 3 ὅτι ἐγὼ δώσω ὕδωρ ἐν δίψει τοῖς πορευομένοις ἐν ἀνύδρῳ ἐπιθήσω τὸ πνεῦμά μου ἐπὶ τὸ σπέρμα σου καὶ τὰς εὐλογίας μου ἐπὶ τὰ τέκνα σου 4 καὶ ἀνατελοῦσιν ὡσεὶ χόρτος ἀνὰ μέσον ὕδατος καὶ ὡς ἰτέα ἐπὶ παραρρέον ὕδωρ 5 οὗτος ἐρεῖ τοῦ θεοῦ εἰμι καὶ οὗτος βοήσεται ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Ιακωβ καὶ ἕτερος ἐπιγράψει τοῦ θεοῦ εἰμι ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Ισραηλ 6 οὕτως λέγει ὁ θεὸς ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῦ Ισραηλ ὁ ῥυσάμενος αὐτὸν θεὸς σαβαωθ ἐγὼ πρῶτος καὶ ἐγὼ μετὰ ταῦτα πλὴν ἐμοῦ οὐκ ἔστιν θεός 7 τίς ὥσπερ ἐγώ στήτω καλεσάτω καὶ ἑτοιμασάτω μοι ἀ{F'} οὗ ἐποίησα ἄνθρωπον εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ τὰ ἐπερχόμενα πρὸ τοῦ ἐλθεῖν ἀναγγειλάτωσαν ὑμῖν 8 μὴ παρακαλύπτεσθε οὐκ ἀ{P'} ἀρχῆς ἠνωτίσασθε καὶ ἀπήγγειλα ὑμῖν μάρτυρες ὑμεῖς ἐστε εἰ ἔστιν θεὸς πλὴν ἐμοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἦσαν τότε 1 Listen, then, Jacob, my servant, Israel, the people of my choice. 2 Here is a mes-sage to thee from the Lord that made and fashioned thee in the womb, thy protector: do not be afraid, my servant, Jacob, my true, my chosen people. 3 I will pour out water on the thirsty plain, streams over the land that once was dry; I will pour out my spirit upon thy race, my blessing on all thy line, 4 and where the grass springs up they shall spring up too, like willows by running water. 5 Now, a man will say openly, The Lord’s servant I; make his boast of Jacob’s name; write with his own hand,[1] Dedicated to the Lord, and lay claim to the title of Israelite. 6 Thus says the Lord, Israel’s king and ransomer, the Lord of hosts: I am before all; there is no other God but I. 7 What other is like me? Let him proclaim it, tell us of it; let him expound the history of the past, ever since I established the primal race of man; then let him make known the future that is yet to come.[2] 8 Do not be afraid, or bewildered; you can bear me witness that from the first I proclaimed it in your hearing, there is no other God but I, no other Powers to rival me. 1

Et nunc audi, Jacob, serve meus,
et Israël, quem elegi.
Hæc dicit Dominus faciens et formans te,
ab utero auxiliator tuus:
Noli timere, serve meus Jacob,
et rectissime, quem elegi.
Effundam enim aquas super sitientem,
et fluenta super aridam;
effundam spiritum meum super semen tuum,
et benedictionem meam super stirpem tuam:
et germinabunt inter herbas,
quasi salices juxta præterfluentes aquas.
Iste dicet: Domini ego sum;
et ille vocabit in nomine Jacob;
et hic scribet manu sua: Domino,
et in nomine Israël assimilabitur.

Hæc dicit Dominus, rex Israël,
et redemptor ejus, Dominus exercituum:
Ego primus, et ego novissimus,
et absque me non est deus.
Quis similis mei? vocet,
et annuntiet: et ordinem exponat mihi,
ex quo constitui populum antiquum;
ventura et quæ futura sunt annuntient eis.
Nolite timere, neque conturbemini:
ex tunc audire te feci,
et annuntiavi; vos estis testes mei.
Numquid est Deus absque me,
et formator quem ego non noverim?
9 οἱ πλάσσοντες καὶ γλύφοντες πάντες μάταιοι οἱ ποιοῦντες τὰ καταθύμια αὐτῶν ἃ οὐκ ὠφελήσει αὐτούς ἀλλὰ αἰσχυνθήσονται 10 πάντες οἱ πλάσσοντες θεὸν καὶ γλύφοντες ἀνωφελῆ 11 καὶ πάντες ὅθεν ἐγένοντο ἐξηράνθησαν καὶ κωφοὶ ἀπὸ ἀνθρώπων συναχθήτωσαν πάντες καὶ στήτωσαν ἅμα ἐντραπήτωσαν καὶ αἰσχυνθήτωσαν ἅμα 12 ὅτι ὤξυνεν τέκτων σίδηρον σκεπάρνῳ εἰργάσατο αὐτὸ καὶ ἐν τερέτρῳ ἔτρησεν αὐτό εἰργάσατο αὐτὸ ἐν τῷ βραχίονι τῆς ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ καὶ πεινάσει καὶ ἀσθενήσει καὶ οὐ μὴ πίῃ ὕδωρ ἐκλεξάμενος 13 τέκτων ξύλον ἔστησεν αὐτὸ ἐν μέτρῳ καὶ ἐν κόλλῃ ἐρρύθμισεν αὐτό ἐποίησεν αὐτὸ ὡς μορφὴν ἀνδρὸς καὶ ὡς ὡραιότητα ἀνθρώπου στῆσαι αὐτὸ ἐν οἴκῳ 14 ὃ ἔκοψεν ξύλον ἐκ τοῦ δρυμοῦ ὃ ἐφύτευσεν κύριος καὶ ὑετὸς ἐμήκυνεν 9 What empty minds be theirs, that idols fashion! What help found any of them yet in his own darling inventions? Confess they, and to their shame, that these have neither sight nor thought. 10 Who was it framed this god, moulded this image that nothing avails? 11 What can they do, yonder whole conspiracy, but stand there blushing? They are but craftsmen with human power. See them met there in a body, all struck dumb, every one abashed as his neighbour! 12 Here is blacksmith that works away with his file, beats out image with furnace and hammer, his strong arm the whole author of it; faints he, like other men, if he be hungry, tires at his task if water he have none to drink! 13 Here is carpenter unfolding his rule; plane smoothes the wood, square and compasses must do their work; and what has he made for you? The figure of a man, that has but human beauty, a man that must have a roof to shelter him. 14 For such ends, cedar must fall, ilex and oak be cut away from their place in the forest; for this, pine-tree was planted where rains should nourish it. 9
Plastæ idoli omnes nihil sunt,
et amantissima eorum non proderunt eis.
Ipsi sunt testes eorum, quia non vident,
neque intelligunt, ut confundantur.
Quis formavit deum,
et sculptile conflavit ad nihil utile?
Ecce omnes participes ejus confundentur,
fabri enim sunt ex hominibus;
convenient omnes, stabunt
et pavebunt, et confundentur simul.
Faber ferrarius lima operatus est,
in prunis et in malleis formavit illud,
et operatus est in brachio fortitudinis suæ;
esuriet et deficiet,
non bibet aquam et lassescet.
Artifex lignarius extendit normam,
formavit illud in runcina,
fecit illud in angularibus,
et in circino tornavit illud,
et fecit imaginem viri
quasi speciosum hominem
habitantem in domo;
succidit cedros,
tulit ilicem, et quercum,
quæ steterat inter ligna saltus;
plantavit pinum, quam pluvia nutrivit:
15 ἵνα ᾖ ἀνθρώποις εἰς καῦσιν καὶ λαβὼν ἀ{P'} αὐτοῦ ἐθερμάνθη καὶ καύσαντες ἔπεψαν ἄρτους ἐ{P'} αὐτῶν τὸ δὲ λοιπὸν εἰργάσαντο εἰς θεούς καὶ προσκυνοῦσιν αὐτούς 16 οὗ τὸ ἥμισυ αὐτοῦ κατέκαυσαν ἐν πυρὶ καὶ καύσαντες ἔπεψαν ἄρτους ἐ{P'} αὐτῶν καὶ ἐ{P'} αὐτοῦ κρέας ὀπτήσας ἔφαγεν καὶ ἐνεπλήσθη καὶ θερμανθεὶς εἶπεν ἡδύ μοι ὅτι ἐθερμάνθην καὶ εἶδον πῦρ 17 τὸ δὲ λοιπὸν ἐποίησεν εἰς θεὸν γλυπτὸν καὶ προσκυνεῖ αὐτῷ καὶ προσεύχεται λέγων ἐξελοῦ με ὅτι θεός μου εἶ σύ 18 οὐκ ἔγνωσαν φρονῆσαι ὅτι ἀπημαυρώθησαν τοῦ βλέπειν τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς αὐτῶν καὶ τοῦ νοῆσαι τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτῶν 19 καὶ οὐκ ἐλογίσατο τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ οὐδὲ ἀνελογίσατο ἐν τῇ ψυχῇ αὐτοῦ οὐδὲ ἔγνω τῇ φρονήσει ὅτι τὸ ἥμισυ αὐτοῦ κατέκαυσεν ἐν πυρὶ καὶ ἔπεψεν ἐπὶ τῶν ἀνθράκων αὐτοῦ ἄρτους καὶ ὀπτήσας κρέας ἔφαγεν καὶ τὸ λοιπὸν αὐτοῦ εἰς βδέλυγμα ἐποίησεν καὶ προσκυνοῦσιν αὐτῷ 20 γνῶτε ὅτι σποδὸς ἡ καρδία αὐτῶν καὶ πλανῶνται καὶ οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐξελέσθαι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἴδετε οὐκ ἐρεῖτε ὅτι ψεῦδος ἐν τῇ δεξιᾷ μου 15 Logs yonder carpenter will cut, a human hearth to feed; some he brings in to warm himself, kindles more when the bread is a-baking; and the rest? With the rest he makes himself a god to worship, bows down before the thing his own hands have carved! 16 Well enough that hearth and oven should claim a share, that he should brew broth and fill his belly, that he should warm him, and boast of the warmth, at sight of his own chimney-corner. 17 But that he should take the rest to make a god for himself! That he should fall down before an image, worship it, cry out to it, Save me, thou art my god! 18 Ignorance and folly, bleared eyes that cannot see, dull hearts that cannot understand! 19 Minds without reason, or sense, or thought, that cannot learn their lesson! Logs that fed the flame, embers that baked for me; now that my dinner is cooked and eaten, shall I take the rest and make an idol of it, fall down before a stump of wood? 20 Dust and ashes are his portion; the fool goes on worshipping, cannot free his own soul from bondage, nor ask if he shelters himself under a lie.[3] 15
et facta est hominibus in focum;
sumpsit ex eis, et calefactus est;
et succendit et coxit panes;
de reliquo autem operatus est deum et adoravit;
fecit sculptile, et curvatus est ante illud.
Medium ejus combussit igni,
et de medio ejus carnes comedit;
coxit pulmentum, et saturatus est,
et calefactus est, et dixit: Vah!
calefactus sum, vidi focum;
reliquum autem ejus deum fecit et sculptile sibi;
curvatur ante illud, et adorat illud,
et obsecrat, dicens:
Libera me, quia deus meus es tu!
Nescierunt, neque intellexerunt;
obliti enim sunt ne videant oculi eorum,
et ne intelligant corde suo.
Non recogitant in mente sua,
neque cognoscunt, neque sentiunt, ut dicant:
Medietatem ejus combussi igni,
et coxi super carbones ejus panes;
coxi carnes et comedi,
et de reliquo ejus idolum faciam?
ante truncum ligni procidam?
Pars ejus cinis est;
cor insipiens adoravit illud,
et non liberabit animam suam:
neque dicet: Forte mendacium est in dextera mea.
21 μνήσθητι ταῦτα Ιακωβ καὶ Ισραηλ ὅτι παῖς μου εἶ σύ ἔπλασά σε παῖδά μου καὶ σύ Ισραηλ μὴ ἐπιλανθάνου μου 22 ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀπήλειψα ὡς νεφέλην τὰς ἀνομίας σου καὶ ὡς γνόφον τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου ἐπιστράφητι πρός με καὶ λυτρώσομαί σε 23 εὐφράνθητε οὐρανοί ὅτι ἠλέησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν Ισραηλ σαλπίσατε θεμέλια τῆς γῆς βοήσατε ὄρη εὐφροσύνην οἱ βουνοὶ καὶ πάντα τὰ ξύλα τὰ ἐν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ἐλυτρώσατο ὁ θεὸς τὸν Ιακωβ καὶ Ισραηλ δοξασθήσεται 24 οὕτως λέγει κύριος ὁ λυτρούμενός σε καὶ ὁ πλάσσων σε ἐκ κοιλίας ἐγὼ κύριος ὁ συντελῶν πάντα ἐξέτεινα τὸν οὐρανὸν μόνος καὶ ἐστερέωσα τὴν γῆν τίς ἕτερος 25 διασκεδάσει σημεῖα ἐγγαστριμύθων καὶ μαντείας ἀπὸ καρδίας ἀποστρέφων φρονίμους εἰς τὰ ὀπίσω καὶ τὴν βουλὴν αὐτῶν μωρεύων 26 καὶ ἱστῶν ῥήματα παιδὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν βουλὴν τῶν ἀγγέλων αὐτοῦ ἀληθεύων ὁ λέγων Ιερουσαλημ κατοικηθήσῃ καὶ ταῖς πόλεσιν τῆς Ιουδαίας οἰκοδομηθήσεσθε καὶ τὰ ἔρημα αὐτῆς ἀνατελεῖ 27 ὁ λέγων τῇ ἀβύσσῳ ἐρημωθήσῃ καὶ τοὺς ποταμούς σου ξηρανῶ 28 ὁ λέγων Κύρῳ φρονεῖν καὶ πάντα τὰ θελήματά μου ποιήσει ὁ λέγων Ιερουσαλημ οἰκοδομηθήσῃ καὶ τὸν οἶκον τὸν ἅγιόν μου θεμελιώσω 21 Remember it, Jacob, remember it, my servant Israel; it was I, Israel, that made thee; thou art my servant, and wilt thou forget me? 22 The cloud of thy guilt, the haze of thy sinfulness, I have swept away; come back to me, thy ransomer. 23 The Lord has been merciful; you heavens, sing your praises; depths of the earth, rejoice; echo the song of praise, mountain and forest and every forest tree; the Lord has ransomed Jacob, Israel shall make his boast in him. 24 Thus says the Lord, thy ransomer, he who fashioned thee in the womb: I am the Lord, the author of all things; alone I spread out heaven’s canopy, looked for no help when I laid the floor of the earth. 25 Mine to disappoint the soothsayers of their prophecies, and bewilder the diviner’s wits, send the wise men back to school, their wisdom all exposed as folly, 26 vindicate my own servant, and justify the counsel my own messengers have given. It is my voice that bids Jerusalem grow populous, and the cities of Juda rise again, while I restore their ruins; 27 my voice that bids the deep turn into a desert, and threatens to dry up all its floods; 28 my voice that says to Cyrus, I give thee a shepherd’s part to play; it is for thee to carry out my whole purpose. And to Jerusalem it says, Thou shalt be built up; and to the Temple, Thou shalt be founded again. 21
Memento horum Jacob,
et Israël, quoniam servus meus es tu.
Formavi te; servus meus es tu,
Israël, ne obliviscaris mei.
Delevi ut nubem iniquitates tuas,
et quasi nebulam peccata tua:
revertere ad me, quoniam redemi te.
Laudate, cæli, quoniam misericordiam fecit Dominus;
jubilate, extrema terræ;
resonate, montes, laudationem,
saltus et omne lignum ejus,
quoniam redemit Dominus Jacob,
et Israël gloriabitur.

Hæc dicit Dominus, redemptor tuus,
et formator tuus ex utero:
Ego sum Dominus, faciens omnia,
extendens cælos solus,
stabiliens terram, et nullus mecum;
irrita faciens signa divinorum,
et ariolos in furorem vertens;
convertens sapientes retrorsum,
et scientiam eorum stultam faciens;
suscitans verbum servi sui,
et consilium nuntiorum suorum complens;
qui dico Jerusalem: Habitaberis,
et civitatibus Juda: Ædificabimini,
et deserta ejus suscitabo;
qui dico profundo: Desolare,
et flumina tua arefaciam;
qui dico Cyro: Pastor meus es,
et omnem voluntatem meam complebis;
qui dico Jerusalem: Ædificaberis,
et templo: Fundaberis.
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