Israel the Lord's Chosen
"But now hear, b O Jacob my servant,
Israel whom I have chosen!
Thus says the Lord who made you,
c who formed you from the womb and will help you:
d Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
e Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
f For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
They shall spring up among the grass
g like willows by flowing streams.
h This one will say, 'I am the Lord's,'
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, 'The Lord's,'
and name himself by the name of Israel."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: "I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.
Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.
But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, stout, and sleek; then he forsook God who made him and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'
Even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
Then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.