Isaiah 48:3-13 (New Century Version)

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3 Long ago I told you what would happen. I said these things and made them known; suddenly I acted, and these things happened. 4 I knew you were stubborn; your neck was like an iron muscle, and your head was like bronze. 5 So a long time ago I told you about these things; I told you about them before they happened so you couldn't say, 'My idols did this, and my wooden and metal statues made these things happen.' 6 "You heard and saw everything that happened, so you should tell this news to others. Now I will tell you about new things, hidden things that you don't know yet. 7 These things are happening now, not long ago; you have not heard about them before today. So you cannot say, 'We already knew about that.' 8 But you have not heard me; you have not understood. Even long ago you did not listen to me. I knew you would surely turn against me; you have fought against me since you were born. 9 But for my own sake I will be patient. People will praise me for not becoming angry and destroying you. 10 I have made you pure, but not by fire, as silver is made pure. I have purified you by giving you troubles. 11 I do this for myself, for my own sake. I will not let people speak evil against me, and I will not let some god take my glory. 12 "People of Jacob, listen to me. People of Israel, I have called you to be my people. I am God; I am the beginning and the end. 13 I made the earth with my own hands. With my right hand I spread out the skies. When I call them, they come together before me."
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