Listen to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I summoned! I am the one; I am present at the very beginning and at the very end. 1
Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 1
I too will answer my part, I too will explain what I know.
Look, I am just like you in relation to God; I too have been molded 1 from clay.
I, I have spoken – yes, I have summoned him; I lead him and he will succeed. 1
I myself will feed my sheep and I myself will make them lie down, declares the sovereign Lord.
So I thought to myself, “The fate of the fool will happen even to me! 1 Then what did I gain by becoming so excessively 2 wise?” 3 So I lamented to myself, 4 “The benefits of wisdom 5 are ultimately 6 meaningless!”
returned to his brothers, and said, “The boy isn’t there! And I, where can I go?”
I myself will also walk in hostility against you and strike you 1 seven times on account of your sins.
For I am the Lord your God, the one who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’
Before they even call out, 1 I will respond; while they are still speaking, I will hear.
“Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?” asks the Lord. “Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?” asks your God. 1
I will establish my covenant with you, and then you will know that I am the Lord.
I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David will be prince 1 among them; I, the Lord, have spoken!
“‘This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance, and you must give them no property in Israel; I am their property. 1
“You must be sure to do my commandments. 1 I am the Lord.
I was eyes for the blind and feet for the lame;