Rescue Promised

12 “Listen to Me, Jacob, Israel [a]whom I called;
(A)I am He, (B)I am the first, I am also the last.
13 Assuredly My hand (C)founded the earth,
And My right hand spread out the heavens;
When I (D)call to them, they stand together.
14 (E)Assemble, all of you, and listen!
(F)Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him; he will (G)carry out His good pleasure against (H)Babylon,
And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, yes I, have spoken; indeed I have (I)called him,
I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 (J)Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the beginning I have (K)not spoken in secret,
(L)From the time it took place, I was there.
And now (M)the Lord [b]God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

17 This is what the Lord says, He who is your (N)Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to benefit,
Who (O)leads you in the way you should go.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 48:12 Lit My called one
  2. Isaiah 48:16 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord