For my own name's sake1 I delay my wrath;2 for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.310
See, I have refined4 you, though not as silver; I have tested5 you in the furnace6 of affliction.
For my own sake,7 for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed?8 I will not yield my glory to another.9
"Listen10 to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called:11 I am he;12 I am the first and I am the last.1313
My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,14 and my right hand spread out the heavens;15 when I summon them, they all stand up together.1614
"Come together,17 all of you, and listen: Which of [the idols] has foretold18 these things? The LORD's chosen ally19 will carry out his purpose20 against Babylon;21 his arm will be against the Babylonians.a15
I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called22 him. I will bring him, and he will succeed23 in his mission.