5God the LORD says— the one who created the heavens, the one who stretched them out, the one who spread out the earth and its offspring, the one who gave breath to its people and life to those who walk on it— 6I, the LORD, have called you for a good reason. I will grasp your hand and guard you, and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, 7to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison, and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon. 8I am the LORD; that is my name; I don’t hand out my glory to others or my praise to idols. 9The things announced in the past—look—they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things. Before they even appear, I tell you about them.