1 Hear you this, house of Jacob, who are called by the name of
Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah; who swear by the name
of Yahweh, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in
righteousness 2 (for they call themselves of the holy city, and stay
themselves on the God of Israel; Yahweh of Armies is his name): 3 I have
declared the former things from of old; yes, they went forth out of my mouth,
and I shown them: suddenly I did them, and they happened. 4 Because I knew
that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;
5 therefore I have declared it to you from of old; before it came to pass
I shown it you; lest you should say, My idol has done them, and my engraved
image, and my molten image, has commanded them. 6 You have heard it; see
all this; and you, will you not declare it? I have shown you new
things from this time, even hidden things, which you have not known.
7 They are created now, and not from of old; and before this day you
didnít hear them; lest you should say, Behold, I knew them. 8 Yes, you
didnít hear; yes, you didnít know; yes, from of old your ear was not opened:
for I knew that you did deal very treacherously, and was called a
transgressor from the womb. 9 For my nameís sake will I defer my anger,
and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I not cut you off.
10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you in the
furnace of affliction. 11 For my own sake, for my own sake, will I do it;
for how should my name be profaned? and my glory I will not give to
another. 12 Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the
first, I also am the last. 13 Yes, my hand has laid the foundation of the
earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens: when I call to them,
they stand up together. 14 Assemble yourselves, all you, and hear;
who among them has declared these things? He whom Yahweh loves shall perform
his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him; I have brought him, and
he shall make his way prosperous. 16 Come you near to me, hear
you this; from the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time
that it was, there am I: 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, who leads you by the way that you should
go. 18 Oh that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace
been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea: 19 your
seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your body like the
grains of it: his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20 Go you forth from Babylon, flee you from the Chaldeans; with
a voice of singing declare you, tell this, utter it even to the end of
the earth: say you, Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob. 21 They
didnít thirst when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to
flow out of the rock for them; he split the rock also, and the waters gushed
out. 22 There is no peace, says Yahweh, to the wicked.