Past things I announced long ago; from my mouth I proclaimed them. I acted suddenly, and they came about.
Because I know that you are stubborn, your neck is made of iron, and your forehead is bronze.
I informed you long ago; before they came about I proclaimed them to you so you wouldn't say, "My idol did them; my wood statue and metal god commanded them."
You've heard and seen all this— won't you admit it? From now on I'll tell you new things, guarded secrets that you don't know.
They are created now, not long ago; before today you hadn't heard of them, so you won't say, "I already knew them."
You haven't heard, nor have you known; as in ages past your ears are closed, because I knew what a traitor you were; you were known as a rebel from birth.
For the sake of my reputation I control my anger; for your sake I restrain my powerful radiance so as to not destroy you.
See, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tested youa in the furnace of misery.
For the sake of my reputation, for my own sake, I will act, for why will my name be made impure? I won't give my glory to another.
Listen to me, Jacob; Israel, whom I called: I am the one; I am the first and I am the last.
My hand founded the earth; my strong hand spread out the heavens. When I call to them, they all stand up.