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Isaiah 48:1-11 (New International Version)

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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-- 2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city7 and rely8 on the God of Israel-- the LORD Almighty is his name:9 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. 4 For I knew how stubborn13 you were; the sinews of your neck14 were iron, your forehead15 was bronze. 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.' 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. 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.' 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. 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 10 See, I have refined29 you, though not as silver; I have tested30 you in the furnace31 of affliction. 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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