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Isaiah 48

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 1 "Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and have come forth out of the waters of Judah; who swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.

 2 For they call themselves citizens of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

 3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth out of my mouth, and I made them known; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

 4 Because I knew that you were obstinate, and your neck was an iron sinew, and your brow brass,

 5 Therefore I have declared it to you, even from the beginning; before it came to pass I showed it to you, lest you should say, 'My idol has done them, and my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.'

 6 You have heard, now you see all this. And will not you declare it? I have shown you new things from this time, even hidden things that you have not known.

 7 They are created now and not from the beginning; before today you had not heard them, lest you should say, 'Behold, I knew them.'

 8 Yes, you did not hear, yes, you did not know; yes, from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.

 9 For my name's sake I will defer my anger, and for my praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off.

 10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

 11 For my own sake, even for my own sake, I will do it; for why should my name be profaned? And I will not give my glory to another.

 12 Hearken to me, O Jacob, and Israel, my called: I am he, I am the first, I also am the last.

 13 My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand up together.

 14 All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear. Who among them [the idols] has declared these things? The LORD's ally will do his pleasure and purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.

 15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him, I have brought him, and shall make his way prosperous.

 16 Come near to me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it happened, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and his Spirit have sent me."

 17 This is what the Lord, your protector, the Holy One of Israel says: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you how to succeed, who leads you by the way that you should go.

 18 O if you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

 19 Your seed would have been like the sand, and your offspring would have been like grains of sand; their name would not have been cut off or destroyed from before me."

 20 Go forth from Babylon. Flee from the Chaldeans. With a voice of singing declare and tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob."

 21 And they did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he caused the water to flow out of the rock for them; he split the rock, and the water gushed out.

 22 "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."


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