God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.
Isaiah 48:1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, Who are called by the name of Israel, And from the waters of Judah came out, Who are swearing by the name of Jehovah, And of the God of Israel make mention, Not in truth nor in righteousness. Isaiah 48:2 For from the Holy City they have been called, And on the God of Israel been supported, Jehovah of Hosts [is] His name. Isaiah 48:3 The former things from that time I declared, And from my mouth they have gone forth, And I proclaim them, Suddenly I have done, and it cometh. Isaiah 48:4 From my knowing that thou art obstinate, And a sinew of iron thy neck, And thy forehead brass, Isaiah 48:5 And I declare to thee from that time, Before it cometh I have caused thee to hear, Lest thou say, 'Mine idol hath done them, And my graven image, And my molten image did command them. Isaiah 48:6 Thou hast heard, see the whole of it, And ye, do ye not declare? I have caused thee to hear new things from this time, And things reserved that ye knew not. Isaiah 48:7 Now they have been produced and not from that time, Yea, before the day, and thou hast not heard them, Lest thou say, 'Lo, I have known them.' Isaiah 48:8 Yea, thou hast not heard, Yea, thou hast not known, Yea, from that time not opened hath thine ear, For I have known thou dealest treacherously, And 'Transgressor from the belly,' One is crying to thee.
He saveth them for his own sake.
Isaiah 48:9 For My name's sake I defer Mine anger, And My praise I restrain for thee, So as not to cut thee off. Isaiah 48:10 Lo, I have refined thee, and not with silver, I have chosen thee in a furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:11 For My sake, for Mine own sake, I do [it], For how is it polluted? And Mine honour to another I give not.
He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.
Isaiah 48:12 Hearken to me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called one, I [am] He, I [am] first, and I [am] last; Isaiah 48:13 Also, My hand hath founded earth, And My right hand stretched out the heavens, I am calling unto them, they stand together. Isaiah 48:14 Be gathered all of you, and hear, Who among them did declare these things? Jehovah hath loved him, He doth His pleasure on Babylon, And His arm [is on] the Chaldeans. Isaiah 48:15 II have spoken, yea, I have called him, I have brought him in, And he hath made prosperous his way.
He lamenteth their backwardness.
Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear this, Not from the beginning in secret spake I, From the time of its being, there [am] I, And now the Lord Jehovah hath sent me, and His Spirit. Isaiah 48:17 Thus said Jehovah, thy redeemer, The Holy One of Israel, 'I [am] Jehovah thy God, teaching thee to profit, Causing thee to tread in the way thou goest. Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst attended to My commands, Then as a river is thy peace, And thy righteousness as billows of the sea, Isaiah 48:19 And as sand is thy seed, And the offspring of thy bowels as its gravel, Not cut off nor destroyed his name before Me.
He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.
Isaiah 48:20 Go out from Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans, With a voice of singing declare, Cause ye this to be heard, Bring it forth unto the end of the earth, Say, Redeemed hath Jehovah His servant Jacob. Isaiah 48:21 And they have not thirsted in waste places, He hath caused them to go on, Waters from a rock he hath caused to flow to them, Yea, he cleaveth a rock, and flow do waters. Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, said Jehovah, to the wicked!