I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of My mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew and thy brow brass,
I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I showed it thee, lest thou shouldest say, `Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image hath commanded them.'
Thou hast heard; see all this, and will not ye declare it? I have shown thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
They are created now and not from the beginning, even before the day when thou heardest them not, lest thou shouldest say, `Behold, I knew them.'
Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not, yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened; for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
"For My name's sake will I defer Mine anger, and for My praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
For Mine own sake, even for Mine own sake, will I do it; for how should My name be polluted? And I will not give My glory unto another.
"Hearken unto Me, O Jacob and Israel, My called: I am He; I am the First, I also am the Last.
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand hath spanned the heavens; when I call unto them, they stand up together.