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Isaiah 48 (Lexham English Bible)

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Yahweh Refines Stubborn Israel

1 Hear this, house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel and came out from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of Yahweh, and {invoke}a the God of Israel, [but] not in truth and not in righteousness. 2 For they call themselves {after the holy city},b and they lean on the God of Israel-- Yahweh of hosts [is] his name. 3 "I declared the former things from {of old},c and they went out from my mouth. And I {announced}d them suddenly; I acted,e and they came [to pass], 4 because {I know}f that you [are] obstinate, and your neck an iron sinew, and your forehead bronze. 5 And I declared [them] to you from of old; I { announced}g [them] to you before they came [to pass] so that you would not say, 'My idol did them, and my image and my cast image commanded them.' 6 You have heard; see it all. And will you not declare [it]? I {announce}h new things to you from this time and hidden things thati you have not known. 7 Now they are created, and not from {of old},j and before today, and you have not heard them so that you could not say, "Look! I knew them." 8 Neither have you heard, nor have you known, nor from {of old}k has your ear been opened. For I knew you would deal treacherously, very treacherously, and you [are] called a rebel from [the] womb. 9 For the sake of my name I {refrain from}l my anger, and [for] my praise I restrain [it] for you [so as] not to cut you off. 10 Look! I have refined you, butm not liken silver; I have chosen you in [the] furnace of misery. 11 For my own sake, for my own sake I do [it]; for why should ito be defiled? And I will not give my glory to another."

Yahweh Frees Israel

12 "Listen to me, Jacob, and Israel, {whom I called}:p I [am] he. I [am the] first; also I [am the] last. 13 Indeed, my hand founded [the] earth, and my right hand spread out [the] heavens; [when] I summonq them, they stand in position together. 14 Assemble, all of you, and hear! Who among them declared these [things]? Yahweh loves him; he shall performr his wish against Babylon and his arm [against] {the Chaldeans}.s 15 I, I myself, I have spoken! Indeed, I have called him. I have brought him, and he will be successful [in] his way. 16 Draw near to me; hear this! I have not spoken in secrecy from [the] {beginning};t from [the] time {it came to be},u there I [have been]; And now the Lord Yahweh has sent me and his Spirit." 17 Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer, the holy one of Israel: "I [am] Yahweh your God, {who teaches} you to profit, leads you in [the] way you should go. 18 O that you had listened attentively to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like [a] river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. 19 And your offspring would have been like the sand, and the descendants of your {body}v like its grains.w It would not be cut off, and its name would not be destroyed from my presence." 20 Go out from Babylon! Flee from Chaldea! Proclaimx [it] with a shouty of rejoicing; proclaimz this! {Send it forth}aa to the end of the earth; say, "Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob!" 21 And [when] he led them through the deserts, they were not thirsty; he made water flow from [the] rock for them, and he split [the] rock, and [the] water gushed out. 22 "There is no peace," says Yahweh, "for the wicked."
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