Isaiah 48

1The Lord says, “Family of Jacob, listen to me! You people call yourself 'Israel.’ You are from Judah’s family. You use the Lord’s name to make promises. You praise the God of Israel. But you are not honest and sincere when you do these things.” 2Yes, they are citizens of the Holy City. They depend on the God of Israel. The Lord All-Powerful is his Name. 3“Long ago I told you about the things that would happen. I told you about those things. And then suddenly, I made them happen. 4I did that because I knew you were stubborn. ˻You refused to believe anything I said˼. You were very stubborn— like iron ˻that does not bend˼ and as hard as bronze. 5So, a long time ago I told you what would happen. I told you about those things a long time before they happened. I did this so that you could not say, 'The gods we made did.’ I did this so that you could not say, 'Our idols, our statues, made these things happen.’” 6“You saw and heard what happened. So you should tell the news to other people. Now I will tell you about new things— things that you don’t know yet. 7These are not things that happened long ago. These are things that are happening now. You haven’t heard about these things before today. So you can’t say, 'We already knew that.’ 8“But even then, you didnt listen to me! You didn't learn anything! You refused to listen to anything I told you. I have known since the beginning that you would be against me. You have rebelled against me from the time you were born. 9But, I will be patient. I will do this for myself. People will praise me for not getting angry and destroying you. You will praise me for waiting. 10“Look, I will make you pure. People use a hot fire to make silver pure. But I will make you pure by giving you troubles. 11I will do this for myself—for me! You will not treat me like I am not important! I will not let some false god take my glory and praise! 12“Jacob, listen to me! Israel, I called you to be my people. So listen to me! I am the Beginning! And I am the End! 13I made the earth with my own hands. My right hand made the sky. And if I call them, they will come together before me. 14“All of you, come here and listen to me! Did any of the false gods say these things would happen? No!” The person that the Lord chose will do whatever he wants to Babylon and the Chaldeans. 15˻The Lord says,˼ “I told you I would call him. And I will bring him! I will make him succeed! 16Come here and listen to me! I was there when Babylon began as a nation. And from the beginning, I spoke clearly, so that people could know what I said.” ˻Then Isaiah said,˼ “Now, the Lord my Master sends me and his Spirit ˻to tell you these things˼. 17The Lord, the Savior, the Holy One of Israel, says, “I am the Lord your God. I teach you to do things that are helpful. I lead you in the way you should go. 18If you had obeyed me, then peace would have come to you like a full flowing river. Good things would have come to you again and again, like the waves of the sea. 19If you had obeyed me, then you would have had many children. They would have been like the many grains of sand. If you had obeyed me, then you would not have been destroyed. You would have continued with me.” 20My people, leave Babylon! My people, run from the Chaldeans! Tell this news with joy to the people! Spread this news to the faraway places on earth! Tell the people, “The Lord rescued his servant Jacob! 21The Lord led his people through the desert, and they never became thirsty! Why? Because he made water flow from a rock for his people! He split the rock, and water flowed out!” 22But the Lord also said, ”There is no peace for evil people!”

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