"1Hearthis, O house of Jacob, who are namedIsrael And who cameforth from the a2loins of Judah, Who 3swear by the name of the LORD And invoke the God of Israel, But not in truthnor in 4righteousness.
"For they call themselves after the 5holycity And 6lean on the God of Israel ; The LORD of hosts is His name.
"I 7declared the formerthingslongago And they wentforth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. 8Suddenly I acted, and they 9came to pass.
4"Because I know that you are b10obstinate, And your 11neck is an ironsinew And your 12foreheadbronze,
Therefore I declared them to you longago, Beforecthey tookplace I proclaimed them to you, So that you would not say, 'My 13idol has done them, And my gravenimage and my moltenimage have commanded them.'
"You have heard ; look at all this. And you, will you not declare it? I proclaim to you 14newthings from thistime, Even hiddenthings which you have not known.
"They are creatednow and not longago ; And beforetoday you have not heard them, So that you will not say, 'Behold, I knew them.'
"You have not 15heard, you have not known. Even from longago your ear has not been open, Because I knew that you would dealverytreacherously ; And you have been called a d16rebel from ebirth.
"17For the sake of My name I 18delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off.
10"Behold, I have refined you, but 19not as silver ; I have tested you in the 20furnace of affliction.
"21For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act ; For how can My name be profaned ? And My 22glory I will not give to another.
12"Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israelfwhom I called ; 23I am He, 24I am the first, I am also the last.
13"Surely My hand25founded the earth, And My righthandspread out the heavens ; When I 26call to them, they standtogether.
"27Assemble, all of you, and listen ! 28Who among them has declaredthesethings ? The LORDloves him; he will 29carry out His goodpleasure on 30Babylon, And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
"I, even I, have spoken ; indeed I have 31called him, I have brought him, and He will make his wayssuccessful.
"32Comenear to Me, listen to this : From the first I have 33not spoken in secret, 34From the time it tookplace, I was there. And now35the LordgGOD has sent Me, and His Spirit."
17Thussays the LORD, your 36Redeemer, the HolyOne of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who 37leads you in the way you should go.
18"Ifonly you had 38paidattention to My commandments ! Then your h39well-being would have been like a river, And your 40righteousness like the waves of the sea.
"Your i41descendants would have been like the sand, And jyour offspring like its grains ; 42Their name would never be cutoff or destroyed from My presence."
2043Goforth from Babylon ! Flee from the Chaldeans ! Declare with the sound of 44joyfulshouting, proclaimthis, 45Send it out to the end of the earth ; Say, "46The LORD has redeemed His servantJacob."
They did not 47thirst when He led them through the deserts. He 48made the waterflow out of the rock for them; He split the rock and 49the watergushed forth.
"50There is nopeace for the wicked," says the LORD.