48 Hear ye this—O 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 remembrance—Not in truth nor in righteousness;
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.
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.
4 Because I knew that—Obstinate thou wast,—And a sinew of iron was thy neck, And thy brow brazen
5 Therefore told I thee—in time past, Ere yet it came I let thee hear,—Lest thou shouldest say—Mine idol wrought them, Yea my carved image and my molten image commanded them!
6 Thou hast heard—see it whole And will ye not tell? I have let thee hear new things—from the present time, Even secrets which ye knew not.
7 Now are they created and not in time past, And before to-day thou hadst not heard of them,—Lest thou shouldest say, Lo! I knew them!
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.
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.
10 Lo! I have refined thee but not as silver,—I have tested thee in a smelting-pot of affliction.
11 For mine own sake—for mine own sake will I effectually work, For how should it be profaned? And my glory—to another will I not give.
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, And Israel, my called one,—I am the Same, I the first, yea I the last:
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
14 Assemble yourselves—all of you, and hear, Who among them hath told these things? He whom Yahweh loveth will execute—His pleasure on Babylon, And his stroke on the Chaldeans.
15 I—I have spoken, Yea I have called him,—I have brought him in and he shall make prosperous his way.
16 Draw ye near unto me—hear 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.
17 Thus saith Yahweh—Thy Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel,—I—Yahweh am thy God, Teaching thee to profit, Guiding thee in the way thou shouldest go.
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:
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.
20 Come ye forth out of Babylon, Flee from among the Chaldeans, With triumphant voice tell ye—let this be heard, Let it go forth as far as the end of the earth,—Say ye—Yahweh hath redeemed his servant Jacob!
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.
22 No well-being, saith Yahweh, to the lawless.