Listen my servant Jacob (Isa 44:1-44:2)

“But now hear!

O Jacob!

My servant!

Israel!

Whom I have chosen!

Thus says Yahweh

Who made you.

He formed you

In the womb.

He will help you.

Do not fear!

O Jacob!

My servant!

Listen Jeshurun!

Whom I have chosen.”

Once again we have Yahweh in the first person singular ask Jacob or Israel to listen. Jacob is clearly the servant of Yahweh since he was chosen, made, and formed in the womb. Yahweh would help, so that there was no reason to be afraid. After all, he has chosen both Jacob and Israel or as they are called here Jeshurun, an endearing term for Israel used in Deuteronomy, chapters 32-33.

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