Isaiah 48:3-13 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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3 From the beginning I revealed to you what would happen. These words came out of my mouth, and I made them known. Suddenly, I acted, and they happened. 4 I know that you are stubborn. Like iron, you are hardheaded. Like bronze, nothing gets through your thick skull. 5 That is why I revealed to you what would happen long ago. I told you about them before they happened. [I did this] so you couldn't say, "My gods have done these things. My carved idols and my metal idols have commanded them to happen." 6 You've heard these words. Now look at all this. Won't you admit it? From now on I will reveal to you new things, hidden things that you do not know. 7 They are created now, not in the past. You haven't heard about them before today, so you can't say that you already knew about them. 8 You have never heard about them. You have never known about them. Your ears have never been open to hear them before. I know that you've acted very treacherously and that you have been called a rebel since you were born. 9 For my name's sake I'll be patient. For my glory's sake I'll hold my anger back from you, rather than destroy you. 10 I have refined you, but not like silver. I have tested you in the furnace of suffering. 11 I am doing this for myself, only for myself. Why should my name be dishonored? I will not give my glory to anyone else. 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.
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