1 "Hear this, house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of
Israel, and have 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 showed 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 showed it to 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 didn't hear them; lest you should
say, 'Behold, I knew them.' 8 Yes, you didn't hear; yes, you didn't 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 name's 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 near to me and hear this:
"From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it
was, there am I." Now the Lord Yahweh has sent me, with his
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 your peace would have been like a river, and
your righteousness like the waves of the sea: 19 your seed
also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your body like
its grains: his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from
before me. 20 Go forth from Babylon, flee from the
Chaldeans; with a voice of singing declare, tell this, utter it
even to the end of the earth: say, Yahweh has redeemed his
servant Jacob. 21 They didn't 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, "for the wicked."