Long ago I told you what would happen. I said these things and made them known; suddenly I acted, and these things happened.
I knew you were stubborn; your neck was like an iron muscle, and your head was like bronze.
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.'
"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.
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.'
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.
But for my own sake I will be patient. People will praise me for not becoming angry and destroying you.
I have made you pure, but not by fire, as silver is made pure. I have purified you by giving you troubles.
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.
"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.
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."