New International Version
48 “Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,
you who are called by the name of Israel(A)
and come from the line of Judah,(B)
you who take oaths(C) in the name of the Lord(D)
and invoke(E) the God of Israel—
but not in truth(F) or righteousness—
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city(G)
and claim to rely(H) on the God of Israel—
the Lord Almighty is his name:(I)
3 I foretold the former things(J) long ago,
my mouth announced(K) them and I made them known;
then suddenly(L) I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn(M) you were;
your neck muscles(N) were iron,
your forehead(O) was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced(P) them to you
so that you could not say,
‘My images brought them about;(Q)
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,(R)
of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created(S) now, and not long ago;(T)
you have not heard of them before today.
So you cannot say,
‘Yes, I knew(U) of them.’
8 You have neither heard nor understood;(V)
from of old your ears(W) have not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous(X) you are;
you were called a rebel(Y) from birth.
9 For my own name’s sake(Z) I delay my wrath;(AA)
for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,
so as not to destroy you completely.(AB)
10 See, I have refined(AC) you, though not as silver;
I have tested(AD) you in the furnace(AE) of affliction.
11 For my own sake,(AF) for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?(AG)
I will not yield my glory to another.(AH)
12 “Listen(AI) to me, Jacob,
Israel, whom I have called:(AJ)
I am he;(AK)
I am the first and I am the last.(AL)
13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,(AM)
and my right hand spread out the heavens;(AN)
when I summon them,
they all stand up together.(AO)
14 “Come together,(AP) all of you, and listen:
Which of the idols has foretold(AQ) these things?
The Lord’s chosen ally(AR)
will carry out his purpose(AS) against Babylon;(AT)
his arm will be against the Babylonians.[a]
15 I, even I, have spoken;
yes, I have called(AU) him.
I will bring him,
and he will succeed(AV) in his mission.
“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;(AY)
at the time it happens, I am there.”
17 This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer,(BC) the Holy One(BD) of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches(BE) you what is best for you,
who directs(BF) you in the way(BG) you should go.
18 If only you had paid attention(BH) to my commands,
your peace(BI) would have been like a river,(BJ)
your well-being(BK) like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants(BL) would have been like the sand,(BM)
your children like its numberless grains;(BN)
their name would never be blotted out(BO)
nor destroyed from before me.”
20 Leave Babylon,
flee(BP) from the Babylonians!
Announce this with shouts of joy(BQ)
and proclaim it.
Send it out to the ends of the earth;(BR)
say, “The Lord has redeemed(BS) his servant Jacob.”
21 They did not thirst(BT) when he led them through the deserts;
he made water flow(BU) for them from the rock;
he split the rock
and water gushed out.(BV)
The Servant of the Lord
49 Listen(BY) to me, you islands;(BZ)
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born(CA) the Lord called(CB) me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.(CC)
2 He made my mouth(CD) like a sharpened sword,(CE)
in the shadow of his hand(CF) he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow(CG)
and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, “You are my servant,(CH)
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.(CI)”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;(CJ)
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,(CK)
and my reward(CL) is with my God.”(CM)
5 And now the Lord says—
he who formed me in the womb(CN) to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel(CO) to himself,
for I am[b] honored(CP) in the eyes of the Lord
and my God has been my strength(CQ)—
6 he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant(CR)
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.(CS)
I will also make you a light(CT) for the Gentiles,(CU)
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”(CV)
7 This is what the Lord says—
the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel(CW)—
to him who was despised(CX) and abhorred by the nation,
to the servant of rulers:
“Kings(CY) will see you and stand up,
princes will see and bow down,(CZ)
because of the Lord, who is faithful,(DA)
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen(DB) you.”
Restoration of Israel
8 This is what the Lord says:
“In the time of my favor(DC) I will answer you,
and in the day of salvation I will help you;(DD)
I will keep(DE) you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people,(DF)
to restore the land(DG)
and to reassign its desolate inheritances,(DH)
9 to say to the captives,(DI) ‘Come out,’
and to those in darkness,(DJ) ‘Be free!’
“They will feed beside the roads
and find pasture on every barren hill.(DK)
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst,(DL)
nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.(DM)
He who has compassion(DN) on them will guide(DO) them
and lead them beside springs(DP) of water.
11 I will turn all my mountains into roads,
and my highways(DQ) will be raised up.(DR)
12 See, they will come from afar(DS)—
some from the north, some from the west,(DT)
some from the region of Aswan.[c]”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child(EC) she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!(ED)
16 See, I have engraved(EE) you on the palms of my hands;
your walls(EF) are ever before me.
17 Your children hasten back,
and those who laid you waste(EG) depart from you.
18 Lift up your eyes and look around;
all your children gather(EH) and come to you.
As surely as I live,(EI)” declares the Lord,
“you will wear(EJ) them all as ornaments;
you will put them on, like a bride.
19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate(EK)
and your land laid waste,(EL)
now you will be too small for your people,(EM)
and those who devoured(EN) you will be far away.
20 The children born during your bereavement
will yet say in your hearing,
‘This place is too small for us;
give us more space to live in.’(EO)
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who bore me these?(EP)
I was bereaved(EQ) and barren;
I was exiled and rejected.(ER)
Who brought these(ES) up?
I was left(ET) all alone,(EU)
but these—where have they come from?’”
22 This is what the Sovereign Lord(EV) says:
“See, I will beckon to the nations,
I will lift up my banner(EW) to the peoples;
they will bring(EX) your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their hips.(EY)
23 Kings(EZ) will be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.(FA)
They will bow down(FB) before you with their faces to the ground;
they will lick the dust(FC) at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;(FD)
those who hope(FE) in me will not be disappointed.(FF)”
25 But this is what the Lord says:
“Yes, captives(FH) will be taken from warriors,(FI)
and plunder retrieved from the fierce;(FJ)
I will contend with those who contend with you,(FK)
and your children I will save.(FL)
26 I will make your oppressors(FM) eat(FN) their own flesh;
they will be drunk on their own blood,(FO) as with wine.
Then all mankind will know(FP)
that I, the Lord, am your Savior,(FQ)
your Redeemer,(FR) the Mighty One of Jacob.(FS)”