The Lord says to Israel, "Long ago I predicted what would take place; then suddenly I made it happen.
I knew that you would prove to be stubborn, as rigid as iron and unyielding as bronze.
And so I predicted your future long ago, announcing events before they took place, to keep you from claiming that your idols and images made them happen.
"All I foretold has now taken place; you have to admit my predictions were right. Now I will tell you of new things to come, events that I did not reveal before.
Only now am I making them happen; nothing like this took place in the past. If it had, you would claim that you knew all about it.
I knew that you couldn't be trusted, that you have always been known as a rebel. That is why you never heard of this at all, why no word of it ever came to your ears.
"In order that people will praise my name, I am holding my anger in check; I am keeping it back and will not destroy you.
I have tested you in the fire of suffering, as silver is refined in a furnace. But I have found that you are worthless.
What I do is done for my own sake - I will not let my name be dishonored or let anyone else share the glory that should be mine and mine alone."
The Lord says, 1 "Listen to me, Israel, the people I have called! I am God, the first, the last, the only God!
My hands made the earth's foundations and spread the heavens out. When I summon earth and sky, they come at once and present themselves.