Isaiah 48 ©

1 God revealed himself by prophecy, that his works might not be ascribed to idols: 9 he saveth his people for his own sake: 12 he exhorteth them to obedience because of his power and providence: 16 he lamenteth their disobedience: 20 he sendeth his people out of Babylon.


HEAR ye this, O house of Jacob, which are acalled by the name of Israel, and bare come forth out of the waters of Judah, cwhich swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of dthe God of Israel, but enot in truth, nor in righteousness.


For fthey call themselves of the gholy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.


hI have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.


Because I knew that ithou art 1obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;


jI have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: klest 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 lwill not ye declare it ? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even mhidden 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.


nYea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest odeal very treacherously, and wast called pa transgressor qfrom the womb.


rFor my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.


sBehold, I have refined thee, but not 2with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.


tFor mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it : for how should my name be polluted? and uI will not give my glory unto another.


¶Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, vmy called; wI am he; xI am the first, I also am the last.


yMine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and 3my right hand hath spanned the heavens: zwhen I call unto them, they stand up together.


aAll ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; bwhich among them hath declared these things ? The LORD hath loved him: che will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on dthe Chaldeans.


I, even I, have spoken; yea, eI have called him: fI have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.


¶Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; gI have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hhath sent me.


Thus saith the LORD, ithy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee jto profit, kwhich leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.


lO that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had mthy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:


nThy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his oname should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.


pGo ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, qThe LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.


rAnd they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: she caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he *clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.


tThere is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.