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.14
All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear ; which among them hath declared these things? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.15
I, even I, have spoken ; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his wayprosperous .
16Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the LordGOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer , the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit , which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go .
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: