Isaiah 48:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 "Listen1 to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called:2 I am he;3 I am the first and I am the last.4 13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,5 and my right hand spread out the heavens;6 when I summon them, they all stand up together.7 14 "Come together,8 all of you, and listen: Which of [the idols] has foretold9 these things? The LORD's chosen ally10 will carry out his purpose11 against Babylon;12 his arm will be against the Babylonians.a 15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called13 him. I will bring him, and he will succeed14 in his mission. 16 "Come near15 me and listen16 to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;17 at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD18 has sent19 me, with his Spirit.20 17 This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,21 the Holy One22 of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches23 you what is best for you, who directs24 you in the way25 you should go. 18 If only you had paid attention26 to my commands, your peace27 would have been like a river,28 your righteousness29 like the waves of the sea. 19 Your descendants30 would have been like the sand,31 your children like its numberless grains;32 their name would never be cut off33 nor destroyed from before me." 20 Leave Babylon, flee34 from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy35 and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth;36 say, "The LORD has redeemed37 his servant Jacob." 21 They did not thirst38 when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow39 for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.40 22 "There is no peace,"41 says the LORD, "for the wicked."42
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