You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things,1 of hidden things unknown to you.
They are created2 now, and not long ago;3 you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, 'Yes, I knew4 of them.'
You have neither heard nor understood;5 from of old your ear6 has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous7 you are; you were called a rebel8 from birth.
For my own name's sake9 I delay my wrath;10 for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.1110
See, I have refined12 you, though not as silver; I have tested13 you in the furnace14 of affliction.
For my own sake,15 for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed?16 I will not yield my glory to another.17
"Listen18 to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called:19 I am he;20 I am the first and I am the last.2113
My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,22 and my right hand spread out the heavens;23 when I summon them, they all stand up together.2414
"Come together,25 all of you, and listen: Which of [the idols] has foretold26 these things? The LORD's chosen ally27 will carry out his purpose28 against Babylon;29 his arm will be against the Babylonians.a15
I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called30 him. I will bring him, and he will succeed31 in his mission.
"Come near32 me and listen33 to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;34 at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD 35 has sent36 me, with his Spirit.37