God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Hear ye this, house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of Jehovah, and make mention of the God of Israel, not in truth, nor in righteousness. Isaiah 48:2 For they are named after the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel: Jehovah of hosts is his name. Isaiah 48:3 I have declared the former things long ago; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I caused them to be heard: I wrought suddenly, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass, Isaiah 48:5 so I have long ago declared [them] to thee; before they came to pass I caused thee to hear [them]; lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, or my molten image hath commanded them. Isaiah 48:6 Thou heardest, see all this;and ye, will not ye declare [it]? I have caused thee to hear new things from this time, and things hidden, and that thou knewest not: Isaiah 48:7 they are created now, and not long ago; and before this day thou hast not heard them, lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. Isaiah 48:8 Yea, thou heardest not, yea, thou knewest not, yea, from of old thine ear was not opened; for I knew that thou wouldest ever deal treacherously, and thou wast called a transgressor from the womb.
He saveth them for his own sake.
Isaiah 48:9 For my name's sake I will defer mine anger, and [for] my praise will I refrain as to thee, that I cut thee not off. Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:11 For mine own sake, for mine own sake, will I do [it]; for how should [my name] be profaned? and I will not give my glory unto another.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, Jacob, and [thou] Israel, my called. I [am] HE; I, the first, and I, the last. Isaiah 48:13 Yea, my hand hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spread abroad the heavens: I call unto them, they stand up together. Isaiah 48:14 All ye, gather yourselves together, and hear: which among them hath declared these things? He whom Jehovah hath loved shall execute his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm [shall be on] the Chaldeans. Isaiah 48:15 I, [even] I, have spoken; yea, I have called him; I have brought him, and his way shall be prosperous.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Come near unto me, hear ye this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I; and now the Lord Jehovah hath sent me, and his Spirit. Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith Jehovah, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] Jehovah thy God, who teacheth thee for [thy] profit, who leadeth thee in the way that thou shouldest go. Isaiah 48:18 Oh that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then would thy peace have been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea; Isaiah 48:19 and thy seed would have been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof: their name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Go ye forth from Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing; declare, cause this to be heard, utter it to the end of the earth; say ye, Jehovah hath redeemed his servant Jacob. Isaiah 48:21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; yea, he clave the rock, and the waters gushed out. Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith Jehovah, unto the wicked.