"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.
Because I knew that you were stubborn, your neck an iron sinew, your forehead bronze,
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.'
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,
created now, not long ago; before today, you did not hear them: so you can't say, 'I already know about them.'
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.
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.
"Look, I have refined you, but not [as severely] as silver; [rather] I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
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.
"Listen to me, Ya'akov; Isra'el, whom I have called: I am he who is first; I am also the last.
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.