44:21 Remember these things, O Jacob,O Israel, for you are my servant.I formed you to be my servant;O Israel, I will not forget you! 22 I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud,the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. Come back to me, for I protect you.” 23 Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; shout out, you subterranean regions of the earth.O mountains, give a joyful shout;you too, O forest and all your trees! For the Lord protects Jacob;he reveals his splendor through Israel. 24 This is what the Lord, your protector, says,the one who formed you in the womb:“I am the Lord, who made everything,who alone stretched out the sky,who fashioned the earth all by myself, 25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers and humiliates the omen readers,who overturns the counsel of the wise men and makes their advice seem foolish, 26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants and brings to pass the announcements of his messengers,who says about Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,her ruins I will raise up,’ 27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry!I will dry up your sea currents,’ 28 who commissions Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd to carry out all my wishes and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’”