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Israel Refined for God’s Glory

48 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
    who are called by the name of Israel,
    and have come forth from the waters of Judah;
who swear by the name of the Lord,
    and invoke the God of Israel,
    but not in truth or in righteousness;
for they call themselves after the holy city,
    and lean on the God of Israel;
    the Lord of Hosts is His name:
I have declared the former things from the beginning;
    and they went forth from My mouth, and I announced them.
    Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
Because I knew that you are obstinate,
    and your neck is an iron sinew,
    and your brow bronze;
I have even from the beginning declared it to you;
    before it came to pass I announced it to you,
lest you should say,
    “My idol has done them,
    and my carved image and my molded image has commanded them.”
You have heard; see all this.
    And will you not declare it?

I have shown you new things from this time,
    even hidden things, and you did not know them.
They are created now and not from the beginning;
    even before the day when you did not hear them,
lest you should say,
    “Yes, I knew them.”
You have not heard, you have not known,
    indeed, from long ago your ear has not been open.
For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,
    and that from birth you have been called a rebel.
For My name’s sake I will defer My anger,
    and for My praise I will restrain it for you
    so that you are not cut off.
10 See, I have refined you, but not with silver;
    I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, even for My own sake, I will do it;
    for how can My name be polluted?
    And I will not give My glory to another.

The Lord’s Call to Israel

12 Listen to Me, O Jacob
    and Israel, whom I called:
I am He;
    I am the First, and I am the Last.
13 My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth,
    and My right hand has spanned the heavens;
when I call to them,
    they stand up together.

14 Assemble, all of you, and listen.
    Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord has loved him;
    he will do His pleasure on Babylon,
    and His arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken,
    and I have called him;
I have brought him,
    and his way will prosper.

16 Come near to Me, hear this:

I have not spoken in secret from the beginning;
    from the time that it was, there I am.

And now the Lord God has sent me
    and His Spirit.

17 Thus says the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you to profit,
    who leads you in the way you should go.
18 Oh, that you had listened to My commandments!
    Then your peace would have been as a river
    and your righteousness as the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants also would have been as the sand
    and your offspring like grains of sand;
their name would not have been cut off
    nor destroyed from before Me.

20 Go forth from Babylon!
    Flee from the Chaldeans!
With a voice of singing declare,
    proclaim this,
utter it even 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 caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them;
He also split the rock,
    and the waters gushed out.

22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”