Isaiah 48:3-13 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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3 "I announced things that happened at the beginning, long ago; they issued from my mouth, I proclaimed them. Then suddenly I acted, and they occurred. 4 Because I knew that you were stubborn, your neck an iron sinew, your forehead bronze, 5 I announced it to you long ago; before it occurred, I proclaimed it to you; so that you could not say, 'My idol did it; my carved image, my statue, gave the order for it.' 6 You have heard and seen all this, so why won't you admit it? "Now I am announcing new things to you, secret things you have not known, 7 created now, not long ago; before today, you did not hear them: so you can't say, 'I already know about them.' 8 No, you haven't heard, and you haven't known; these things have not reached your ears before. For I knew how treacherous you were - you were called a rebel from the womb. 9 Yet for the sake of my own reputation I am deferring my anger; for the sake of my praise I am patient with you, so as not to cut you off. 10 "Look, I have refined you, but not [as severely] as silver; [rather] I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 For my sake I will do it, for my own sake. I will not let [my reputation] be tarnished; I will not yield my glory to anyone else. 12 "Listen to me, Ya'akov; Isra'el, whom I have called: I am he who is first; I am also the last. 13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth, my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summoned them, at once they rose into being.
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