God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Heare yee this, O house of Iaakob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come 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 truth, nor in righteousnesse. Isaiah 48:2 For they are called of the holy citie, & staie themselues vpon the God of Israel, whose Name is the Lord of hostes. Isaiah 48:3 I haue declared ye former things of old, and they went out of my mouth, & I shewed them: I did them suddenly, and they came to passe. Isaiah 48:4 Because I knewe, that thou art obstinate, & thy necke is an yron sinew, & thy brow brasse, Isaiah 48:5 Therefore I haue declared it to thee of old: before it came to passe, I shewed it thee, lest thou shouldest say, Mine idole hath done them, and my carued image, and my molten image hath commanded them. Isaiah 48:6 Thou hast heard, behold all this, & wil not yee declare it? I haue shewed thee newe things, euen now, & hid things, which thou knewest not. Isaiah 48:7 They are created now, and not of olde, and euen before this thou heardest them not, lest thou shouldest say, Beholde, I knewe them. Isaiah 48:8 Yet thou heardest them not, neither diddest know them, neither yet was thine eare opened of olde: for I knewe that thou wouldest grieuously transgresse: therefore haue I called thee a transgressour from the wombe.
He saveth them for his own sake.
Isaiah 48:9 For my Names sake will I defer my wrath, and for my praise will I refraine it from thee, that I cut thee not off. Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I haue fined thee, but not as siluer: I haue chosen thee in the fornace of affliction. Isaiah 48:11 For mine owne sake, for mine owne sake wil I doe it: for how should my Name be polluted? surely I wil not giue my glory vnto another.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Heare me, O Iaakob and Israel, my called, I am, I am the first, and I am the last. Isaiah 48:13 Surely mine hand hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heaues: when I cal them, they stand vp together. Isaiah 48:14 All you, assemble your selues, and heare: which among them hath declared these thinges? The Lorde hath loued him: he wil doe his will in Babel, and his arme shalbe against the Chaldeans. Isaiah 48:15 I, euen I haue spoken it, and I haue called him: I haue brought him, and his way shal prosper.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Come neere vnto me: heare ye this: I haue not spoken it in secret from the beginning: from the time that the thing was, I was there, 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 Lorde thy God, which teach thee to profite, and lead thee by the way, that thou shouldest goe. Isaiah 48:18 Oh that thou haddest hearkened to my commaundements! then had thy prosperitie bene as the floude, and thy righteousnesse as the waues of the sea. Isaiah 48:19 Thy seede also had beene as the sande, and the fruite of thy body like the grauell thereof: his name should not haue bene cut off nor destroied before me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Goe yee out of Babel: flee yee from the Chaldeans, with a voice of ioy: tel and declare this: shewe it foorth to the ende of the earth: say yee, The Lord hath redeemed his seruant Iaakob. Isaiah 48:21 And they were not thirstie: hee led them through the wildernesse: hee caused the waters to flowe out of the rocke for them: for he claue the rocke, and the water gushed out. Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, sayeth the Lorde, vnto the wicked.