Israel's Obstinacy

1 "1Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are named * Israel And who came forth from the 2loins of Judah, Who 3swear by the name of the LORD And invoke the God of Israel, But not in truth nor in 4righteousness.
2 "For they call themselves after the 5holy city And 6lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.
3 "I 7declared the former things long ago And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. 8Suddenly I acted, and they 9came to pass.
4 "Because I know that you are 10obstinate, And your 11neck is an iron sinew And your 12forehead bronze,
5 Therefore I declared them to you long ago, Before they took place I proclaimed them to you, So that you would not say, 'My 13idol has done them, And my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.'
6 "You have heard; look at all this. And you, will you not declare it? I proclaim to you 14new things from this time, Even hidden things which you have not known.
7 "They are created now and not long ago; And before today you have not heard them, So that you will not say, 'Behold, I knew them.'
8 "You have not 15heard, you have not known. Even from long ago your ear has not been open, Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously; And you have been called a 16rebel from birth.
9 "17For the sake of My name I 18delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off.
10 "Behold, I have refined you, but 19not as silver; I have tested you in the 20furnace of affliction.
11 "21For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My 22glory I will not give to another.

Deliverance Promised

12 "Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; 23I am He, 24I am the first, I am also the last.
13 "Surely My hand 25founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I 26call to them, they stand together.
14 "27Assemble, all of you, and listen! 28Who among them has declared these things? The LORD loves him; he will 29carry out His good pleasure on 30Babylon, And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 "I, even I, have spoken; indeed I have 31called him, I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 "32Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have 33not spoken in secret, 34From the time it took place, I was there. And now 35the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit."
17 Thus says the LORD, your 36Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who 37leads you in the way you should go.
18 "If only you had 38paid attention to My commandments! Then your 39well-being would have been like a river, And your 40righteousness like the waves of the sea.
19 "Your 41descendants would have been like the sand, And your offspring * like its grains; 42Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence."
20 43Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! Declare with the sound of 44joyful shouting, proclaim this, 45Send it out to the end of the earth; Say, "46The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob."
21 They did not 47thirst when He led them through the deserts. He 48made the water flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock and 49the water gushed forth.
22 "50There is no peace for the wicked," says the LORD.