Isaiah 48 NIV

Stubborn Israel

1 "Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel1 and come from the line of Judah,2 you who take oaths3 in the name of the LORD 4 and invoke5 the God of Israel-- but not in truth6 or righteousness--

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2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city7 and rely8 on the God of Israel-- the LORD Almighty is his name:9

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3 I foretold the former things10 long ago, my mouth announced11 them and I made them known; then suddenly12 I acted, and they came to pass.

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4 For I knew how stubborn13 you were; the sinews of your neck14 were iron, your forehead15 was bronze.

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5 Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced16 them to you so that you could not say, 'My idols did them;17 my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'

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6 You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things,18 of hidden things unknown to you.

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7 They are created19 now, and not long ago;20 you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, 'Yes, I knew21 of them.'

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8 You have neither heard nor understood;22 from of old your ear23 has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous24 you are; you were called a rebel25 from birth.

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9 For my own name's sake26 I delay my wrath;27 for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.28

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10 See, I have refined29 you, though not as silver; I have tested30 you in the furnace31 of affliction.

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11 For my own sake,32 for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed?33 I will not yield my glory to another.34

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Israel Freed

12 "Listen35 to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called:36 I am he;37 I am the first and I am the last.38

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13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,39 and my right hand spread out the heavens;40 when I summon them, they all stand up together.41

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14 "Come together,42 all of you, and listen: Which of [the idols] has foretold43 these things? The LORD's chosen ally44 will carry out his purpose45 against Babylon;46 his arm will be against the Babylonians.a

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    • a 48:14 - Or "Chaldeans"; also in verse 20
      15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called47 him. I will bring him, and he will succeed48 in his mission.

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      16 "Come near49 me and listen50 to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;51 at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD 52 has sent53 me, with his Spirit.54

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      17 This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,55 the Holy One56 of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches57 you what is best for you, who directs58 you in the way59 you should go.

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      18 If only you had paid attention60 to my commands, your peace61 would have been like a river,62 your righteousness63 like the waves of the sea.

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      19 Your descendants64 would have been like the sand,65 your children like its numberless grains;66 their name would never be cut off67 nor destroyed from before me."

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      20 Leave Babylon, flee68 from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy69 and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth;70 say, "The LORD has redeemed71 his servant Jacob."

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      21 They did not thirst72 when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow73 for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.74

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      22 "There is no peace,"75 says the LORD, "for the wicked."76

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