Isaiah 48

Israel Refined for God’s Glory

1Hear this, O house of Jacob,
awho are called by the name of Israel,
and bwho came from the waters of Judah,
cwho swear by the name of the Lord
and confess the God of Israel,
but not in truth or right.
2For they call themselves after the holy city,
dand stay themselves on the God of Israel;
the Lord of hosts is his name.
3“The former things eI declared of old;
they went out from my mouth, and I announced them;
then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
4Because I know that fyou are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,
5 gI declared them to you from of old,
before they came to pass I announced them to you,
lest you should say, h‘My idol did them,
my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’
6“You have heard; now see all this;
and will you not declare it?
From this time forth iI announce to you new things,
hidden things that you have not known.
7They are created now, not long ago;
before today you have never heard of them,
lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
8You have never heard, you have never known,
from of old your ear has not been opened.
For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously,
and that jfrom before birth you were called a rebel.
9 k“For my name’s sake I defer my anger;
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off.
10Behold, I have refined you, lbut not as silver;
mI have tried
Or  I have chosen
you in the furnace of affliction.
11 oFor my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name
Hebrew lacks  my name
be profaned?
qMy glory I will not give to another.

The Lord’s Call to Israel

12Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called!
I am he; rI am the first,
and I am the last.
13My hand slaid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand tspread out the heavens;
uwhen I call to them,
they stand forth together.
14Assemble, all of you, and listen!
vWho among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him;
whe shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against xthe Chaldeans.
15 yI, even I, have spoken and called him;
I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16 zDraw 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 aathe Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
17Thus 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 abOh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
acThen your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
19 adyour 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 aeGo out from Babylon, flee from afChaldea,
declare this agwith a shout of joy, proclaim it,
send it out to the end of the earth;
say, ah“The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
21 aiThey did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
ajhe made water flow for them from the rock;
he split the rock and the water gushed out.
22 ak“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
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