Isaiah 48:12-22 (Holman Christian Standard)

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12 "Listen to Me, Jacob, and Israel, the one called by Me: I am He; I am the first, I am also the last.a 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 idolsb has declared these things? The Lord loves him;c he will accomplish His will against Babylon, and His arm [will be against] the Chaldeans. 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."
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