Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came forth from the loins of Judah; who swear by the name of the LORD, and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.
For they call themselves after the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name.
"The former things I declared of old, they went forth 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 of old, before they came to pass I announced them to you, lest you should say, 'My idol did them, my graven image and my molten image commanded them.'
"You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forth I make you hear new things, hidden things which you have not known.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)