"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.
They are created now, not long ago; before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, 'Behold, I 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, that I may not cut you off.
Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
"Hearken 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 call to them, they stand forth together.
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)