The Lord Appeals to the Exiles
48:1 Listen to this, O family of Jacob,1
you who are called by the name ‘Israel,’
and are descended from Judah,2
who take oaths in the name of the
and invoke3 the God of Israel –
but not in an honest and just manner.4
48:2 Indeed, they live in the holy city;5
they trust in6 the God of Israel,
whose name is the
48:3 “I announced events beforehand,7
I issued the decrees and made the predictions;8
suddenly I acted and they came to pass.
48:4 I did this9 because I know how stubborn you are.
Your neck muscles are like iron
and your forehead like bronze.10
48:5 I announced them to you beforehand;
before they happened, I predicted them for you,
so you could never say,
‘My image did these things,
my idol, my cast image, decreed them.’
48:6 You have heard; now look at all the evidence!11
Will you not admit that what I say is true?12
From this point on I am announcing to you new events
that are previously unrevealed and you do not know about.13
48:7 Now they come into being,14 not in the past;
before today you did not hear about them,
so you could not say,
‘Yes,15 I know about them.’
48:8 You did not hear,
you do not know,
you were not told beforehand.16
For I know that you are very deceitful;17
you were labeled18 a rebel from birth.
48:9 For the sake of my reputation19 I hold back my anger;
for the sake of my prestige20 I restrain myself from destroying you.21
48:10 Look, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have purified you22 in the furnace of misery.
48:11 For my sake alone23 I will act,
for how can I allow my name to be defiled?24
I will not share my glory with anyone else!25
48:12 Listen to me, O Jacob,
Israel, whom I summoned!
I am the one;
I am present at the very beginning
and at the very end.26
48:13 Yes, my hand founded the earth;
my right hand spread out the sky.
I summon them;
they stand together.
48:14 All of you, gather together and listen!
Who among them27 announced these things?
he will exert his power against the Babylonians.29
48:15 I, I have spoken –
yes, I have summoned him;
I lead him and he will succeed.30
48:16 Approach me! Listen to this!
From the very first I have not spoken in secret;
when it happens,31 I am there.”
So now, the sovereign
48:17 This is what the
the Holy One of Israel:34
“I am the
who teaches you how to succeed,
who leads you in the way you should go.
48:18 If only you had obeyed my35 commandments,
prosperity would have flowed to you like a river,36
deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea.37
48:19 Your descendants would have been as numerous as sand,38
and your children39 like its granules.
Their name would not have been cut off
and eliminated from my presence.40
48:20 Leave Babylon!
Flee from the Babylonians!
Announce it with a shout of joy!
Make this known!
Proclaim it throughout the earth!41
48:21 They do not thirst as he leads them through dry regions;
he makes water flow out of a rock for them;
he splits open a rock and water flows out.’43
48:22 There will be no prosperity for the wicked,” says the