Isaiah 48:12-22

The Lord's Call to Israel

12 "Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; 1I am the first, and I am the last.
13 My hand 2laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand 3spread out the heavens; 4when I call to them, they stand forth together.
14 "Assemble, all of you, and listen! 5Who among them has declared these things? The LORD loves him; 6he shall perform his purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be against 7the Chaldeans.
15 8I, even I, have spoken and called him; I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16 9Draw 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 10the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit.
17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
18 11Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! 12Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
19 13your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me."
20 14Go out from Babylon, flee from 15Chaldea, declare this 16with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it out to the end of the earth; say, 17"The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!"
21 18They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; 19he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and the water gushed out.
22 20"There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."
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