1Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and have come forth out of the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2For they call themselves after the holy city, and anchor themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
3I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
4Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow bronze;
5I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I showed it to you: lest you should say, my idol has done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, has commanded them.
6You have heard, now see all this; and will you not declare it? I have showed you new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them.
7They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when you heard them not; lest you should say, Behold, I knew them.
8Yea, you heard not; yea, you knew not; yea, from of old your ear was not opened: for I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.
9For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I restrain it for you, that I cut you not off.
10Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11For my own sake, even for my own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be profaned? and I will not give my glory unto another.
12Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
14All you, assemble yourselves, and hear; who among them has declared these things? The LORD has loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
16Come near unto me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I:
and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, has sent me.
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 by the way that you should go.
18O that you had hearkened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:
19Your descendants also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20Go forth from Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare you, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say, The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob.
21And they thirsted not 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.
22There is no peace,
says the LORD,
unto the wicked.