1Hearye this, O houseof Jacob, which are calledby the nameof Israel, and are come forthout of the watersof Judah, which swearby the nameof the LORD, and make mentionof the Godof Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. 2For they callthemselves of the holycity, and staythemselves upon the Godof Israel; The LORDof hosts is his name. 3I have declaredthe former thingsfrom the beginning; and they went forthout of my mouth, and I shewedthem; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. 4Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an ironsinew, and thy browbrass; 5I have even from the beginningdeclared it to thee; before it came to passI shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idolhath donethem, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. 6Thou hast heard, seeall this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewedthee new thingsfrom this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. 7They are creatednow, and not from the beginning; even beforethe daywhen thou heardestthem not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. 8Yea, thou heardestnot; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine earwas not opened: for I knewthat thou wouldest deal verytreacherously, and wast calleda transgressorfrom the womb. 9For my name’ssake will I defermine anger, and for my praisewill I refrainfor thee, that I cut thee not off. 10Behold, I have refinedthee, but not with silver; I have chosenthee in the furnaceof affliction. 11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not givemy gloryunto another.
12Hearkenunto me, O Jacoband Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. 13Mine handalso hath laid the foundationof the earth, and my right handhath spannedthe heavens: when I callunto them, they stand uptogether. 14All ye, assembleyourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The LORDhath lovedhim: he will dohis pleasureon Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans. 15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have calledhim: I have broughthim, and he shall make his wayprosperous.
16Comeye nearunto me, hearye this; I have not spokenin secretfrom the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the LordGOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17Thus saiththe LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy Oneof Israel; I am the LORDthy Godwhich teacheththee to profit, which leadeththee by the way that thou shouldest go. 18O thatthou hadst hearkenedto my commandments! then had thy peacebeen as a river, and thy righteousnessas the wavesof the sea: 19Thy seedalso had been as the sand, and the offspringof thy bowelslike the gravelthereof; his nameshould not have been cut offnor destroyedfrom before me.
20Go ye forthof Babylon, fleeye from the Chaldeans, with a voiceof singingdeclareye, tellthis, utter it even to the endof the earth; sayye, The LORDhath redeemedhis servantJacob. 21And they thirsted not when he ledthem through the deserts: he caused the watersto flowout of the rockfor them: he clavethe rockalso, and the watersgushed out. 22 There is no peace, saiththe LORD, unto the wicked.