Note: In this passage YHWH challenges the gods of the nations to tell the future as the ultimate test of true divinity. YHWH proves His power by predicting that he will bring judgment from the north (Cyrus?) and bring good news to Jerusalem.
A. 21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD;
bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
B. 22 Let them bring them forth, and shew (nagad) us what shall happen: let them shew (nagad) the former things (rishon), what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them;
C. or declare us things for to come (bow).
D. 23 Shew the things that are to come (athah) hereafter,
that we may know that ye are gods:
E. yea, do good, or do evil,
that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
E’. 24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought:
an abomination is he that chooseth you.
D’. 25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come (Athah): from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name:
C’ and he shall come (bow) upon princes as upon morter,
and as the potter treadeth clay.
B’. 26 Who hath declared (nagad) from the beginning (rosh), that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous?
yea, there is none that sheweth, (nagad) yea, there is none that declareth (shama), yea, there is none that heareth (shama) your words.
A’. . 27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: [I was the first to say to Zion, “Behold, here they are” – ESV] and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. 28 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word. 29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.