|Hear this, O house of Jacob, |
who are called by the name of Israel,
and who came forth from the loins of Judah;
who swear by the name of the LORD,
and confess the God of Israel,
but not in truth or right.
|God is LORD of the Time. Is.48.1-11|
|For they call themselves after the holy city, |
and stay themselves on the God of Israel;
the LORD of hosts is his name.
|"The former things I declared of old, |
they went forth from my mouth and I made them known;
then suddenly I did them and they came to pass.
|Because I know that you are obstinate, |
and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
|I declared them to you from of old, |
before they came to pass I announced them to you,
lest you should say, 'My idol did them,
my graven image and my molten image commanded them.'
|"You have heard; |
now see all this;
and will you not declare it?
From this time forth I make you hear new things,
hidden things which you have not known.
|They are created now, not long ago; |
before today you have never heard of them,
lest you should say, 'Behold, I knew them.'
|You have never heard, you have never known, |
from of old your ear has not been opened.
For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,
and that from birth you were called a rebel.
|"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.
|Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver; |
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
|For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, |
for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.
|"Hearken to me, O Jacob, |
and Israel, whom I called!
I am He, I am the first,
and I am the last.
|Cyrus - the LORD's chosen conqueror. Is.48.12-16|
|My hand laid the foundation of the earth, |
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I call to them, they stand forth together.
|"Assemble, all of you, and hear! |
Who among them has declared these things?
The LORD loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against the Chalde'ans.
|I, even I, have spoken and called him, |
I have brought him,
and he will prosper in his way.
|Draw 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 the Lord GOD has sent me and his Spirit.
|Thus 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.
|the LORD's plan for his people. Is.48.17-22|
|O that you had hearkened to my commandments! |
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
|your 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."
|Go forth from Babylon, flee from Chalde'a, |
declare this with a shout of joy,
proclaim it, send it forth to the end of the earth;
say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!"
|They thirsted not when he led them through the deserts; |
he made water flow for them from the rock;
he cleft the rock and the water gushed out.
|"There is no peace," says the Lord, "for the wicked."|
|<< | Isaiah: 48 | >>|