They are created1 now, and not long ago;2 you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, 'Yes, I knew3 of them.'
You have neither heard nor understood;4 from of old your ear5 has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous6 you are; you were called a rebel7 from birth.
For my own name's sake8 I delay my wrath;9 for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.1010
See, I have refined11 you, though not as silver; I have tested12 you in the furnace13 of affliction.
For my own sake,14 for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed?15 I will not yield my glory to another.16
"Listen17 to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called:18 I am he;19 I am the first and I am the last.2013
My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,21 and my right hand spread out the heavens;22 when I summon them, they all stand up together.2314
"Come together,24 all of you, and listen: Which of [the idols] has foretold25 these things? The LORD's chosen ally26 will carry out his purpose27 against Babylon;28 his arm will be against the Babylonians.a15
I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called29 him. I will bring him, and he will succeed30 in his mission.
"Come near31 me and listen32 to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;33 at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD34 has sent35 me, with his Spirit.3617
This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,37 the Holy One38 of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches39 you what is best for you, who directs40 you in the way41 you should go.