Yahweh Refines Stubborn Israel

1 Hear this, house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel and came out from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of Yahweh, and {invoke} the God of Israel, [but] not in truth and not in righteousness.
2 For they call themselves {after the holy city}, and they lean on the God of Israel-- Yahweh of hosts [is] his name.
3 "I declared the former things from {of old}, and they went out from my mouth. And I {announced} them suddenly; I acted, and they came [to pass],
4 because {I know} that you [are] obstinate, and your neck an iron sinew, and your forehead bronze.
5 And I declared [them] to you from of old; I { announced} [them] to you before they came [to pass] so that you would not say, 'My idol did them, and my image and my cast image commanded them.'
6 You have heard; see it all. And will you not declare [it]? I {announce} new things to you from this time and hidden things that you have not known.
7 Now they are created, and not from {of old}, and before today, and you have not heard them so that you could not say, "Look! I knew them."
8 Neither have you heard, nor have you known, nor from {of old} has your ear been opened. For I knew you would deal treacherously, very treacherously, and you [are] called a rebel from [the] womb.
9 For the sake of my name I {refrain from} my anger, and [for] my praise I restrain [it] for you [so as] not to cut you off.
10 Look! I have refined you, but not like silver; I have chosen you in [the] furnace of misery.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake I do [it]; for why should it be defiled? And I will not give my glory to another."

Yahweh Frees Israel

12 "Listen to me, Jacob, and Israel, {whom I called}: I [am] he. I [am the] first; also I [am the] last.
13 Indeed, my hand founded [the] earth, and my right hand spread out [the] heavens; [when] I summon them, they stand in position together.
14 Assemble, all of you, and hear! Who among them declared these [things]? Yahweh loves him; he shall perform his wish against Babylon and his arm [against] {the Chaldeans}.
15 I, I myself, I have spoken! Indeed, I have called him. I have brought him, and he will be successful [in] his way.
16 Draw near to me; hear this! I have not spoken in secrecy from [the] {beginning}; from [the] time {it came to be}, there I [have been]; And now the Lord Yahweh has sent me and his Spirit."
17 Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer, the holy one of Israel: "I [am] Yahweh your God, {who teaches} you to profit, leads you in [the] way you should go.
18 O that you had listened attentively to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like [a] river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
19 And your offspring would have been like the sand, and the descendants of your {body} like its grains. It would not be cut off, and its name would not be destroyed from my presence."
20 Go out from Babylon! Flee from Chaldea! Proclaim [it] with a shout of rejoicing; proclaim this! {Send it forth} to the end of the earth; say, "Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob!"
21 And [when] he led them through the deserts, they were not thirsty; he made water flow from [the] rock for them, and he split [the] rock, and [the] water gushed out.
22 "There is no peace," says Yahweh, "for the wicked."