The former things I declared long ago, they went out from my mouth and I made them known; then suddenly I did them and they came to pass.
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
I declared them to you from long ago, before they came to pass I announced them to you, so that you would not say, "My idol did them, my carved image and my cast image commanded them."
You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.
They are created now, not long ago; before today you have never heard of them, so that you could not say, "I already knew them."
You have never heard, you have never known, from of old your ear has not been opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and that from birth you were called a rebel.
For my name's sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, so that I may not cut you off.
See, I have refined you, but not like a silver; I have tested you in the furnace of adversity.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for why should my name b be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called: I am He; I am the first, and I am the last.
My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they stand at attention.
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