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Isaiah 48:3-13 (Douay-Rheims)

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3 The former things of old, I have declared, and they went forth out of my mouth, and I have made them to be heard: I did them suddenly and they came to pass. 4 For I knew that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is as an iron sinew, and thy forehead as brass. 5 I foretold thee of old, before they came to pass I told thee, lest thou shouldst say: My idols have done these things, and my graven and molten things have commanded them. 6 See now all the things which thou hast heard: but have you declared them? I have shewn thee new things from that time, and things are kept which thou knowest not: 7 They are created now, and not of old: and before the day, when thou heardest them not, lest thou shouldst say: Behold I knew them. 8 Thou hast neither heard, nor known, neither was thy ear opened of old. For I know that transgressing thou wilt transgress, and I have called thee a transgressor from the womb. 9 For my name’s sake I will remove my wrath far off: and for my praise I will bridle thee, lest thou shouldst perish. 10 Behold I have refined thee, but not as silver, I have chosen thee in the furnace of poverty. 11 For my own sake, for my own sake will I do it, that I may not be blasphemed: and I will not give my glory to another. 12 Hearken to me, O Jacob, and thou Israel whom I call: I am he, I am the first, and I am the last. 13 My hand also hath founded the earth, and my right hand hath measured the heavens: I shall call them, and they shall stand together.
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