1 "Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob, ¶ you who are called by the name of Israel ¶ and come from the line of Judah, ¶ you who take oaths in the name of the LORD ¶ and invoke the God of Israel — ¶ but not in truth or righteousness —
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and claim to rely on the God of Israel — ¶ the LORD Almighty is his name:
3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; ¶ then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, ¶ your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you ¶ so that you could not say, ¶ 'My images brought them about; ¶ my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
6 You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? ¶ "From now on I will tell you of new things, ¶ of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. ¶ So you cannot say, ¶ 'Yes, I knew of them.'
8 You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ears have not been open. ¶ Well do I know how treacherous you are; ¶ you were called a rebel from birth.
9 For my own name's sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, ¶ so as not to destroy you completely.
10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? ¶ I will not yield my glory to another.
12 "Listen to me, Jacob, ¶ Israel, whom I have called: ¶ I am he; ¶ I am the first and I am the last.
13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; ¶ when I summon them, ¶ they all stand up together.
14 "Come together, all of you, and listen: ¶ Which of the idols has foretold these things? ¶ The LORD's chosen ally ¶ will carry out his purpose against Babylon; ¶ his arm will be against the Babylonians. [^1]
15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. ¶ I will bring him, ¶ and he will succeed in his mission.
16 "Come near me and listen to this: ¶ "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; ¶ at the time it happens, I am there." ¶ And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, ¶ endowed with his Spirit.
17 This is what the LORD says — ¶ your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ¶ "I am the LORD your God, ¶ who teaches you what is best for you, ¶ who directs you in the way you should go.
18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, ¶ your well-being like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; ¶ their name would never be blotted out ¶ nor destroyed from before me."
20 Leave Babylon, ¶ flee from the Babylonians! ¶ Announce this with shouts of joy ¶ and proclaim it. ¶ Send it out to the ends of the earth; ¶ say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob."
21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; ¶ he split the rock ¶ and water gushed out.
22 "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."