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1 Hear this, O house of Jacob,you who are named Israelthough youa stem from the lineageb of Judahwho take oaths in the name of Jehovahand invoke the God of Israel,though not in truth or in righteousness, 2 who call yourselves of the holy city,upheld by the God of Israel,whose name is Jehovah of Hosts: 3 The prophecies of the events of the pastI made known long beforehand;no sooner did they issue from my mouth,than I caused them to be announced.Then, suddenly, I acted and they came about.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were—your neck was an iron sinew, your brow brazen 5 therefore I told you them beforehand;I announced them to you before they transpired,lest you should say, My idols did it;my graven and wrought images caused it!
6 But you have heard cthe whole vision;chow is it you do not proclaim it?Yet as of now, I announce to you new things,things withheld and unknown to you, 7 things now coming into being, not hitherto,things you have not heard of before,lest you should say, Indeed I knew them! 8 You have not heard them,nor have you known them;before this your ears have not been open to them.For I knew you would turn treacherous;you were called a transgressor from the womb.
9 For my own name’s sake I have bridled my wrath;on account of my renownI have shown restraint toward youby not entirely destroying you. 10 See, I am refining you, though not as silver;I am testingd you in the crucible of affliction. 11 For my own sake, on my own account, I do it,that my namee be not dishonored,nor my glory, which I give to no other.
12 Hear me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I have called:I am he who was at the first,and I am he who is at the last. 13 It was my hand that founded the earth,my right hand that stretched out the heavens;when I call them, they arise at once. 14 All of you, assemble and hear:Who among youf foretold these things?It is him Jehovah loves,who shall perform his will in Babylon;his arm shall be against the Chaldeans. 15 I myself have spoken it, and also called him;I have brought him, and I will prosperg his way.
16 Come near me and hear this:I have not made predictions in secret;at their coming to pass, I have been present.Now my Lord Jehovah has sent me;his Spirit is in me.h
17 Thus says Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel,your Redeemer:I Jehovah your God instruct you to your good,guiding you in the way you should go. 18 Had you but obeyed my commandments,your peace would have been as a river,your righteousness like the waves of the sea; 19 your offspring would have beenas the sands in number,your descendants as many as their grains.Their names would not have been cut offand obliterated from my presence.
20 Go forth out of Babylon, flee from Chaldea!Make this announcement with resounding voice;broadcast it to the end of the earth.Say, Jehovah has redeemed his servant Jacob. 21 They thirsted not when he led them through arid places:he caused water to flow for them from the rock;he cleaved the rock and water gushed out.
22 But there is no peace, says Jehovah,for the wicked.


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