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18 If only you had listened to my commands,
    then peace[a] would have flowed like a[b] river for you
    and success[c] would wash over you like waves of the sea.
19 Your children would have multiplied
    to become like the sand of the seashore[d]
    and your descendants like grains of sand.
    There would be no end of them,
    and I would not cut them off.”
20 Go! Leave Babylon!
    Flee from Chaldea!
    Announce it with joyous singing![e]
    Let everyone know!
    Proclaim it to the ends of the earth!
    Say it loud and clear:
    “Yahweh has rescued his servant Jacob!”

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  1. Isaiah 48:18 Or “prosperity (shalom).”
  2. Isaiah 48:18 Or “the river.” See John 7:37-39.
  3. Isaiah 48:18 Or “righteousness.”
  4. Isaiah 48:19 See Gen. 22:17; 32:12.
  5. Isaiah 48:20 Or “shouting.” The key to fleeing from the Babylonish (Babylon means “confusion”) systems of the world is to go out with a joyous song. See Jer. 33:7-11.