WATERS IN THE WILDERNESS AND RIVERS IN THE DESERT
DO NOT EARNESTLY REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS, NEITHER CONSIDER THE THINGS OF OLD
BEHOLD, I AM DOING A NEW THING; NOW IT SPRINGS FORTH; DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE AND KNOW IT, AND WILL YOU NOT GIVE HEED TO IT? I WILL EVEN MAKE A WAY IN THE WILDERNESS AND RIVERS IN THE DESERT.
THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD SHALL HONOUR ME, THE JACKALS AND THE OSTRICHES; BECAUSE I GIVE WATERS IN THE WILDERNESS AND RIVERS IN THE DESERT, TO GIVE DRINK TO MY PEOPLE, MY CHOSEN.
THE PEOPLE I FORMED FOR MYSELF THAT THEY MIGHT SHOW FORTH MY PRAISE, AND THEY SHALL DO IT.
YET YOU HAVE NOT CALLED UPON ME, MUCH LESS TOILED FOR ME, O JACOB; BUT YOU HAVE BEEN WEARY OF ME, O ISRAEL.
You have not brought Me your sheep and goats for burnt offerings, or honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not required you to serve with an offering or treated you as a slave by demanding tribute, or wearied you with offering incense.
You have not brought Me sweet cane with money, or satiated Me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have only burdened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities.
I, even I, am He Who blots out and cancels your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Put Me in remembrance - remind Me of your merits; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case that you may be justified - proved in the right.
Your first father [Jacob, in particular] has sinned, and your teachers, the priests and the prophets, - your mediators - have transgressed against Me.
And so I have profaned the chief ones of the sanctuary, and have delivered Jacob to the curse, the ban, a solemn anathema or excommunication, and subjected Israel to reproaches and reviling.
Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant, and Israel whom I have chosen;
Thus says the Lord Who made you and formed you in the womb, Who will help you: Fear not O Jacob My servant, and you Jeshurun - the upright one [applied to Israel as type of the Messiah] - whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. I will pour My Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing upon your descendants.
And they shall spring up among the grass, as willows or poplars by the water courses.
One shall say, I am the Lord's, and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob, and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord's, and surname himself by the honourable name of Israel.