I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass .
Because I knew that thou art obstinate,a and thy neck is an ironsinew, and thy browbrass;5
I have even from the beginningdeclared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say , Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
Thou hast heard , see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things , and thou didst not know them.
They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say , Behold, I knew them.
Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened : for I knew that thou wouldest deal verytreacherously , and wast called a transgressor from the womb.9
For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off .
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.11
For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted ? and I will not give my glory unto another.12Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called ; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.13
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand uptogether.