God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Heare yee this, O house of Iacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come foorth out of the waters of Iudah; which sweare by the Name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, [but] not in trueth nor in righteousnes. Isaiah 48:2 For they call themselues of the holy city, and stay themselues vpon the God of Israel, the LORD of hostes [is] his Name. Isaiah 48:3 I haue declared the former things from the beginning: and they went foorth out of my mouth, and I shewed them, I did [them] suddenly, and they came to passe. Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy necke [is] an yron sinew, and thy brow brasse: Isaiah 48:5 I haue euen from the beginning declared [it] to thee; before it came to passe I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idole hath done them, and my grauen image, and my molten image hath commanded them. Isaiah 48:6 Thou hast heard, see all this, and will not yee declare [it]? I haue shewed thee new things from this time, euen hidden things, and thou didst not know them. Isaiah 48:7 They are created now, and not from the beginning, euen before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. Isaiah 48:8 Yea thou heardest not, yea thou knewest not, yea from that time that thine eare was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deale very treacherously, and wast called a transgressour from the wombe.
He saveth them for his own sake.
Isaiah 48:9 For my names sake will I deferre mine anger, and for my praise will I refraine for thee, that I cut thee not off. Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I haue refined thee, but not with siluer; I haue chosen thee in the fornace of affliction. Isaiah 48:11 For mine owne sake, [euen] for mine owne sake will I doe [it]; for how should [my Name] bee polluted? And I will not giue my glory vnto another.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Hearken vnto me, O Iacob, and Israel my called; I [am] hee, I [am] the first, I also [am] the last. Isaiah 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heauens: [when] I call vnto them, they stand vp together. Isaiah 48:14 All yee assemble your selues and heare: which among them hath declared these things? The LORD hath loued him: hee will doe his pleasure on Babylon, and his arme [shall be] on the Caldeans. Isaiah 48:15 I, [euen] I haue spoken, yea I haue called him: I haue brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Come ye neere vnto me; heare ye this; I haue not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I; and now the Lord GOD and his Spirit hath sent me. Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD thy redeemer, the holy one of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest goe. Isaiah 48:18 O that thou haddest hearkened to my commandements! Then had thy peace beene as a riuer, and thy righteousnesse as the waues of the sea. Isaiah 48:19 Thy seede also had beene as the sand, and the ofspring of thy bowels like the grauell thereof: his name should not haue beene cut off, nor destroyed from before me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Goe yee forth of Babylon: flee yee from the Caldeans, with a voyce of singing, declare yee, tell this, vtter it euen to the end of the earth: say yee; The LORD hath redeemed his seruant Iacob. Isaiah 48:21 And they thirsted not [when] he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of the rocke for them: he claue the rocke also, and the waters gushed out. Isaiah 48:22 [There is] no peace, saith the LORD, vnto the wicked.