Israel Must Leave Babylon

1 "Listen to this, house of Jacob- those who are called by the name Israel and have descended froma Judah, who swear by the name of the Lord and declare the God of Israel, [but] not in truth or righteousness.

References for Isaiah 48:1

    • a 48:1 - Lit have come from the waters of
      2 For they are named after the Holy City, and lean on the God of Israel; His name is Yahweh of Hosts.
      3 I declared the past events long ago; they came out of My mouth; I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they occurred.
      4 Because I know that you are stubborn, and your neck is ironb and your forehead bronze,

      References for Isaiah 48:4

        • b 48:4 - Lit is an iron sinew
          5 therefore I declared to you long ago; I announced it to you before it occurred, so you could not claim: My idol caused them; my carved image and cast idol control them.
          6 You have heard it. Observe it all. Will you not acknowledge it? From now on I will announce new things to you, hidden things that you have not known.
          7 They have been created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today, so you could not claim, "I already knew them!"
          8 You have never heard; you have never known; For a long time your ears have not been open. For I knew that you were very treacherous, and were known as a rebel from birth.
          9 I will delay My anger for the honor of My name, and I will restrain Myself for your benefit and [for] My praise, so that you will not be destroyed.
          10 Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have testedc you in the furnace of affliction.

          References for Isaiah 48:10

              11 I will act for My own sake, indeed, My own, for how can Id be defiled? I will not give My glory to another.

              References for Isaiah 48:11

                • d 48:11 - DSS, Syr; MT reads it
                  12 "Listen to Me, Jacob, and Israel, the one called by Me: I am He; I am the first, I am also the last.e

                  References for Isaiah 48:12

                    • e 48:12 - Rv 1:17; 22:13
                      13 My own hand founded the earth, and My right hand spread out the heavens; when I summoned them, they stood up together.
                      14 All of you, assemble and listen! Who among the idolsf has declared these things? The Lord loves him;g he will accomplish His will against Babylon, and His arm [will be against] the Chaldeans.

                      References for Isaiah 48:14

                          15 I-I have spoken; yes, I have called him; I have brought him, and he will succeed in his mission.
                          16 Approach Me and listen to this. From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time anything existed, I was there." And now the Lord God has sent me and His Spirit.
                          17 This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for [your] benefit, who leads you in the way you should go.
                          18 If only you had paid attention to My commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
                          19 Your descendants would have been as [countless] as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains; their name would not be cut off or eliminated from My presence.
                          20 Leave Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans! Declare with a shout of joy, proclaim this, let it go out to the end of the earth; announce, "The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob!"
                          21 They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts; He made water flow for them from the rock; He split the rock, and water gushed out.
                          22 "There is no peace," says the Lord, "for the wicked."