God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Hear ye thisO house of Jacob, Ye who call yourselves by the name of Israel, Yea, from the waters of Judah, came they forth,Who swear by the name of Yahweh, And, by the God of Israel, call to remembranceNot in truth, nor in righteousness; Isaiah 48:2 For, of the holy city, do they call themselves, And, on the God of Israel, do they stay themselves,Yahweh of hosts, is his name. Isaiah 48:3 Things in advance, of old, I declared, Yea, out of mine own mouth, came they forth, that I might let them be known,Suddenly, I wrought, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew thatObstinate, thou wast,And, a sinew of iron, was thy neck, And thy brow, brazen, Isaiah 48:5 Therefore told I theein time past, Ere yet it came, I let thee hear,Lest thou shouldest sayMine idol, wrought them, Yea, my carved image and my molten image, commanded them! Isaiah 48:6 Thou hast heardsee it, whole, And will, ye, not tell? I have let thee hear new thingsfrom the present time, Even secrets, which ye knew not. Isaiah 48:7 Now, are they created, and, not in time past, And, before today, thou hadst not heard of them,Lest thou shouldest say, Lo! I knew them! Isaiah 48:8 Nay! thou hadst not heard, Nay! thou hadst not known, Nay! in time past, thine ear, was not opened,For I knew that thou, wouldst be treacherous, Yea, a transgressor from birth, hast thou been called.
He saveth them for his own sake.
Isaiah 48:9 For the sake of mine own Name, will I defer mine anger, And, for my praise, will I restrain myself towards thee,So as not to cut thee off. Isaiah 48:10 Lo! I have refined thee, but not as silver,I have tested thee, in a smelting-pot of affliction. Isaiah 48:11 For mine own sakefor mine own sake, will I effectually work, For how should it be profaned? And, my gloryto another, will I not give.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, And Israel, my called one,I, am, the Same, I, the first, yea, I, the last: Isaiah 48:13 Surely, mine own hand, founded the earth, And, my right hand, stretched out the heavens,While I, was calling, unto them, they stood forth, at once. Isaiah 48:14 Assemble yourselvesall of you, and hear, Who among them, hath told these things? he whom Yahweh loveth, will executeHis pleasure, on Babylon, And his stroke, on the Chaldeans. Isaiah 48:15 II, have spoken, Yea I have called him,I have brought him in, and he shall make prosperous his way.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Draw ye near unto mehear ye this, Not in advance, in secret, have I spoken, From the very time it cometh into being, there, am I,And, now, My Lord Yahweh hath sent me, and his spirit. Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith YahwehThy Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel,IYahweh, am thy God, Teaching thee to profit, Guiding thee in the way thou shouldest go. Isaiah 48:18 Oh! that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments,Then had been, like a river, thy prosperity, And, thy righteousness, like the waves of the sea: Isaiah 48:19 Then had been, like the sand, thy seed, And, the offspring of thy body, like the grains thereof,Neither cut off nor destroyed, had been his name from before me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Come ye forth out of Babylon, Flee from among the Chaldeans, With triumphant voice, tell yelet this be heard, Let it go forth as far as the end of the earth,Say yeYahweh, hath redeemed, his servant Jacob! Isaiah 48:21 And they thirsted not, when, through dry places, he led them, Waters out of the rock, caused he to flow out to them,Yea be cleft a rock, and, there gushed out, waters: Isaiah 48:22 No well-being, saith Yahweh, to the lawless.