God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Heare this, O thou house of Iacob: ye that are called by the name of Israel, and are come oute of one stocke with Iuda, whiche sweare by the name of the Lorde, & beare wytnesse by the God of Israell (but not with trueth & righte) Isaiah 48:2 whiche are called fre men of the holye citie, as they that loke for comforte in the God of Israel, whose name is the Lorde of hostes. Isaiah 48:3 The thinges that I shewed you euer sence the begynnynge: Haue I not broughte them to passe, immedyatly as they came out of my mouthe, & declared them? And they are come. Isaiah 48:4 Howebeit I knewe that thou arte obstynate, & that thy neck hath an yron veyne, & that thy browe is of brasse. Isaiah 48:5 Neuertheles I haue euer sence the beginning shewed the of thinges for to come, and declared them vnto the, or euer they came to passe: that thou shouldest not saye: myne Idoll hathe done it, my carued or caste ymage hath shewed it. Isaiah 48:6 Heare and consyder all these thynges whether it was ye that prophecyed them: But as for me, I tolde the before at the beginning, new and secrete thinges that thou knewest not of. Isaiah 48:7 And some done nowe not of olde tyme, whereof thou neuer heardest, before they were brought to passe, þt thou canst not saye: I knewe of them. Isaiah 48:8 Moreouer there be some whereof thou haste neyther hearde nor knowne, neyther haue they ben opened vnto thyne eares afore tyme. For I knew that thou woldest maliciously offende, therfor 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 roted the oute. Isaiah 48:10 Beholde I haue pourged the, & not for moneye. I haue chosen the in the fyre of pouerte, Isaiah 48:11 And that onely for myne owne sake, for I geue myne honoure to none other, þt thou shuldest not despyse me.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Herken vnto me O Iacob, and Israel whom I haue called I am euen he that is, I am the fyrst & the last. Isaiah 48:13 My hande is the foundacyon of the earthe, & my ryghte hande spanneth ouer the heauens. As sone as I called them they were there. Isaiah 48:14 Gather you al together, and herken: Whiche of yonder goddes hath declared this, that the Lorde wyll do by the kyng of Babylon (whom he loueth & fauoureth) & by the Caldees hys arme? Isaiah 48:15 I my self alone haue tolde you this before. Yea I shall call him and brynge him forth & geue him a prosperous iourneye.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Come nye and heare this, haue I spoken anye thynge darcklye sence the begynnynge? when a thing begynneth, I am there. Wherfore the Lorde God with his spryte hathe sent me, Isaiah 48:17 And thus sayeth the Lord God thyne auenger, the holye one of Israell: I am the Lorde thy God, whiche teache the profitable thynges, & leade the the waye, þt thou shuldest go. Isaiah 48:18 Yf thou wilt now regarde my commaundement, thy welthynes shalbe as the water streame, and thy ryghteousnes as the waues flowynge in the sea. Isaiah 48:19 Thy sede shalbe lyke as the sande in the sea, and the frute of thy body, lyke the grauel stones therof. Thy name shal not be roted oute, nor destroyed before me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Ye shall go awaye from Babylon, and escape the Calders with a merye voyce. This shalbe spoken of, declared abroad, and go forth vnto the ende of the worlde, so that it shalbe sayde: The Lorde hathe defended hys seruaunte Iacob, Isaiah 48:21 that they suffred no thurste, when they trauayled in the wyldernesse. He claue the rockes a sonder, and the water gusshed out. Isaiah 48:22 As for the vngodlye, they haue no peace, sayeth the Lorde.