Isaiah 48:12-22 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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12 Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called. I am the one. I am the first and the last. 13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth. My right hand stretched out the heavens. When I call for them, they both stand. 14 Gather together, all of you, and listen. What idol has revealed such things? The LORD loves Cyrus. He will carry out the LORD's plan against Babylon. He will use his strength against the Babylonians. 15 I alone have spoken. I have called him. I will bring him here, and he will succeed. 16 Come here. Listen to this: From the beginning I have spoken nothing in private. From the time it took place, I was there. Now the Almighty LORD has sent me and his Spirit. 17 This is what the LORD, your Defender, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God. I teach you what is best for you. I lead you where you should go. 18 If only you had listened to my commands! Your peace would be like a river [that never runs dry]. Your righteousness would be like waves on the sea. 19 Your descendants would be like sand. Your children would be like its grains. Their names would not be cut off or wiped out in my presence. 20 Leave Babylon; flee from the Babylonians! Shout for joy as you tell it and announce it. Shout it out to the ends of the earth. Say that the LORD has reclaimed his servant Jacob. 21 They weren't thirsty when he led them through the deserts. He made water flow from a rock for them. He split a rock, and water gushed out. 22 "There is no peace for the wicked," says the LORD.
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