God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Heare this, O thou house of Iacob: ye yt are called by the name of Israel, and are come out of one stocke wt Iuda: which sweare by the name of the LORDE, and beare witnesse by the God of Israel (but not wt treuth and right) Isaiah 48:2 which are called fre men of the holy citie, as they that loke for conforth in the God of Israel, whose name is the LORDE of hoostes. Isaiah 48:3 The thinges that I shewed you euer sence the begynnynge: Haue I not brought the to passe, immediatly as they came out of my mouth, and declared them? And they are come? Isaiah 48:4 Howbeit I knewe that thou art obstinate, and that thy neck hath an yron vane, and that thy brow is of brasse. Isaiah 48:5 Neuertheles I haue euer sence the begynnynge shewed the of thinges for to come, and declared the vnto the, or euer they came to passe: that thou shuldest not saye: myne Idol hath done it, my carued or cast ymage hath shewed it. Isaiah 48:6 Heare & considre all these thinges, whether it was ye that prophecied the: But as for me, I tolde the before at the begynnynge, new & secrete thinges, yt thou knewest not of: Isaiah 48:7 And some done now not of olde time, wherof thou neuer herdest, before they were brought to passe: that thou canst not saye: I knewe of them. Isaiah 48:8 Morouer there be some wherof thou hast nether herde ner knowne, nether haue they bene opened vnto thine eares afore tyme. For I knew that thou woldest maliciousli offende, therfore haue I called the a transgressoure, euen from thy mothers wombe.
He saveth them for his own sake.
Isaiah 48:9 Neuertheles for my names sake, I haue withdrawen my wrath, and for myne honours sake I haue ouersene the, so that I haue not rooted the out. Isaiah 48:10 Beholde I haue pourged the, and not for moneye. I haue chosen the in the fyre of pouerte, Isaiah 48:11 And that only for myne owne sake, for I geue myne Honoure to none other, that thou shuldest not despise me.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Herken vnto me o Iacob, & Israel who I haue called. I am euen he that is, I am ye first and the last. Isaiah 48:13 My honde is the foundacion of the earth, & my right honde spanneth ouer the heauens. As soone as I called the they were there. Isaiah 48:14 Gather you all together, ad herken: Which of yonder goddes hath declared this, that the LORDE wil do by the kinge of Babilon, (whom he loueth & fauoureth) and by the Caldees his arme? Isaiah 48:15 I my self alone haue tolde you this before. Yee I shal call him and bringe him forth, & geue him a prosperous iourneye.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Come nye & heare this: haue I spoke eny thige darckly sence the begynnynge? whe a thige begynneth, I am there. Wherfore the LORDE God with his sprete hath sent me, Isaiah 48:17 And thus saieth the LORDE thine avenger, the holyone of Israel: I am ye LORDE thy God, which teach the profitable thinges, and lede ye the waye, that thou shuldest go Isaiah 48:18 Yf thou wilt now regarde my comaundement, thy welthynes shalbe as the water streame: & thy rightuousnes as the wawes flowinge in the see. Isaiah 48:19 Thy sede shalbe like as the sonde in the see, & the frute of thy body, like the grauel stones therof: Thy name shal not be roted out, nor destroyed before me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Ye shal go awaye from Babilon, and escape the Caldees with a mery voyce. This shalbe spoken of, declared abrode, & go forth vnto the ende of the worlde: so that it shalbe sayde: The LORDE hath defended his seruaunte Iacob, Isaiah 48:21 that they suffred no thurste, whe they trauayled in the wildernesse. He claue the rockes a sonder, and the water gusshed out. Isaiah 48:22 As for the vngodly, they haue no peace, saieth the LORDE.