"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 LORD4 and invoke5 the God of Israel-- but not in truth6 or righteousness--
you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city7 and rely8 on the God of Israel-- the LORD Almighty is his name:93
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.
For I knew how stubborn13 you were; the sinews of your neck14 were iron, your forehead15 was bronze.
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
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.2810
See, I have refined29 you, though not as silver; I have tested30 you in the furnace31 of affliction.
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