Isaiah 48

48:1 Hear ye 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.
48:2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay
 themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts [is] his
48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and
 they went forth from my mouth, and I showed them; I did [them]
 suddenly, and they came to pass.
48:4 Because I knew that thou [art] obstinate, and thy neck [is]
 an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
48:5 I have even from the beginning declared [it] to thee;
 before it came to pass I showed [it] thee: lest thou shouldst
 say, My idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten
 image, hath commanded them.
48:6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare
 [it]? I have showed ye new things from this time, even hidden
 things, and thou didst not know them.
48:7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even
 before the day when thou heardst them not; lest thou shouldst
 say, Behold, I knew them.
48:8 Yes, thou heardst not; yes, thou knewest not; yes, from
 that time [that] thy ear was not opened: for I knew that thou
 wouldst deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor
 from the womb.
48:9 For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise
 will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have
 chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
48:11 For my own sake, [even] for my own sake, will I do [it]:
 for how should [my name] be profaned? and I will not give my
 glory to another.
48:12 Hearken to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I [am] he; I
 [am] the first, I also [am] the last.
48:13 My hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my
 right hand hath spanned the heavens: [when] I call to them,
 they stand up together.
48:14 All ye, assemble yourselves and hear; who among them hath
 declared these [things]? The LORD hath loved him: he will do
 his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm [shall be on] the
48:15 I, [even] I, have spoken, yes, I have called him: I have
 brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
48:16 Come ye near to me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in
 secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there
 [am] I: and now the LORD God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
 I [am] the LORD thy God, who teacheth thee to profit, who
 leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldst go.
48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had
 thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves
 of the sea:
48:19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of
 thy bowels like its gravel; his name should not have been cut
 off nor destroyed from before me.
48:20 Go ye forth from Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with
 a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it [even] to
 the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his
 servant Jacob.
48:21 And they thirsted not, [when] he led them through the
 deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them:
 he cleaved the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
48:22 [There is] no peace, saith the LORD, to the wicked.

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