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.
Assemble, all of you, and hear! Who among them has declared these things? The Lord loves him; he shall perform his purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
I, even I, have spoken and called him, I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
Draw near to me, hear this! From the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there. And now the Lord God has sent me and his spirit.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go.
O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea;
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