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Isaiah 48:8-18 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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8 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. 9 For the sake of my reputation I control my anger; for your sake I restrain my powerful radiance so as to not destroy you. 10 See, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tested youa in the furnace of misery. 11 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. 12 Listen to me, Jacob; Israel, whom I called: I am the one; I am the first and I am the last. 13 My hand founded the earth; my strong hand spread out the heavens. When I call to them, they all stand up. 14 Gather yourselves, all of you, and listen. Who among you announced these things? "The LORD loves him. He will do what God wants with Babylon and with the descendantsb of Chaldea." 15 I, I have spoken and told him the things that will happen to him; I will make him succeed. 16 Come close to me; listen to this: Since the very beginning I haven't spoken in secret. Whenever anything happens, I am there. (And now the LORD God has sent me with his spirit.) 17 The LORD your redeemer, the holy one of Israel, proclaims: I am the LORD your God who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go. 18 If you would pay attention to my commands, your well-being would be like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
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