Long ago I told you what was going to happen. Then suddenly I took action, and all my predictions came true.
For I know how stubborn and obstinate you are. Your necks are as unbending as iron. Your heads are as hard as bronze.
That is why I told you what would happen; I told you beforehand what I was going to do. Then you could never say, ‘My idols did it. My wooden image and metal god commanded it to happen!’
You have heard my predictions and seen them fulfilled, but you refuse to admit it. Now I will tell you new things, secrets you have not yet heard.
They are brand new, not things from the past. So you cannot say, ‘We knew that all the time!’
“Yes, I will tell you of things that are entirely new, things you never heard of before. For I know so well what traitors you are. You have been rebels from birth.
Yet for my own sake and for the honor of my name, I will hold back my anger and not wipe you out.
I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
I will rescue you for my sake— yes, for my own sake! I will not let my reputation be tarnished, and I will not share my glory with idols!
“Listen to me, O family of Jacob, Israel my chosen one! I alone am God, the First and the Last.
It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth, my right hand that spread out the heavens above. When I call out the stars, they all appear in order.”