NASB — Isaiah 48 — KJV

Israel’s Obstinacy

  1aHear this, O house of Jacob, who are named Israel
  And who came forth from the Ibloins of Judah,
  Who cswear by the name of the LORD
  And invoke the God of Israel,
  [But] not in truth nor in drighteousness.
  2 “For they call themselves after the aholy city
  And blean on the God of Israel;
  The LORD of hosts is His name.
  3 “I adeclared the former things long ago
  And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them.
  bSuddenly I acted, and they ccame to pass.
  4 “Because I know that you are Iaobstinate,
  And your bneck is an iron sinew
  And your cforehead bronze,
  5 Therefore I declared [them] to you long ago,
  Before Ithey took place I proclaimed [them] to you,
  So that you would not say, ‘My aidol has done them,
  And my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.’
  6 “You have heard; look at all this.
  And you, will you not declare it?
  I proclaim to you anew things from this time,
  Even hidden things which you have not known.
  7 “They are created now and not long ago;
  And before today you have not heard them,
  So that you will not say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
  8 “You have not aheard, you have not known.
  Even from long ago your ear has not been open,
  Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously;
  And you have been called a Ibrebel from IIbirth.
  9aFor the sake of My name I bdelay My wrath,
  And [for] My praise I restrain [it] for you,
  In order not to cut you off.
  10 “Behold, I have refined you, but anot as silver;
  I have tested you in the bfurnace of affliction.
  11aFor My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;
  For how can [My name] be profaned?
  And My bglory I will not give to another.

[1] ILit waters aIs 46:12 bNu 24:7; Dt 33:28; Ps 68:26 cDt 6:13; Is 45:23; 65:16 dIs 58:2; Jr 4:2
[2] aIs 52:1; 64:10 bIs 10:20; Jr 7:4; 21:2; Mi 3:11; Ro 2:17
[3] aIs 41:22; 42:9; 43:9; 44:7, 8; 45:21; 46:10 bIs 29:5; 30:13 cJsh 21:45; Is 42:9
[4] IOr harsh aEx 32:9; Dt 31:27; Ezk 2:4; 3:7 b2Ch 36:13; Pv 29:1; Ac 7:51 cEzk 3:7-9
[5] ILit it aJr 44:15-18
[6] aIs 42:9; 43:19
[8] IOr transgressor IILit the belly aIs 42:25; 47:11; Ho 7:9 bDt 9:7, 24; Ps 58:3; Is 46:8
[9] aIs 48:11 bNe 9:30, 31; Ps 78:38; 103:8-10; Is 30:18; 65:8
[10] aJr 9:7; Ezk 22:18-22 bDt 4:20; 1K 8:51; Jr 11:4
[11] a1S 12:22; Ps 25:11; 106:8; Is 37:35; 43:25; Jr 14:7; Ezk 20:9, 14, 22, 44; Dn 9:17-19 bDt 32:26, 27; Is 42:8

Deliverance Promised

  12 ¶ “Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel Iwhom I called;
  aI am He, bI am the first, I am also the last.
  13 “Surely My hand afounded the earth,
  And My right hand spread out the heavens;
  When I bcall to them, they stand together.
  14aAssemble, all of you, and listen!
  bWho among them has declared these things?
  The LORD loves him; he will ccarry out His good pleasure on dBabylon,
  And His arm [will be against] the Chaldeans.
  15 “I, even I, have spoken; indeed I have acalled him,
  I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
  16aCome near to Me, listen to this:
  From the first I have bnot spoken in secret,
  cFrom the time it took place, I was there.
  And now dthe Lord IGOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

[12] ILit My called one aIs 41:4; 43:10-13; 46:4 bIs 44:6; Rv 1:17; 22:13
[13] aEx 20:11; Ps 102:25; Is 42:5; 45:12, 18; He 1:10-12 bIs 40:26
[14] aIs 43:9; 45:20 bIs 45:21 cIs 46:10, 11 dIs 13:4, 5, 17-19; Jr 50:21-29; 51:24
[15] aIs 41:2; 45:1, 2
[16] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aIs 34:1; 41:1; 57:3 bIs 45:19 cIs 43:13 dZc 2:9, 11

17 ¶ Thus says the LORD, your aRedeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
  “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit,
  Who bleads you in the way you should go.
  18 “If only you had apaid attention to My commandments!
  Then your Ibwell-being would have been like a river,
  And your crighteousness like the waves of the sea.
  19 “Your Iadescendants would have been like the sand,
  And IIyour offspring like its grains;
  bTheir name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence.”

[17] aIs 41:14; 43:14; 49:7, 26; 54:5, 8 bPs 32:8; Is 30:21; 49:9, 10
[18] IOr peace aDt 5:29; 32:29; Ps 81:13-16 bPs 119:165; Is 32:16-18; 66:12 cIs 45:8; 61:10, 11; 62:1; Ho 10:12; Am 5:24
[19] ILit seed IILit the offspring of your inward parts aGn 22:17; Is 10:22; 44:3, 4; 54:3; Jr 33:22 bIs 56:5; 66:22

  20aGo forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans!
  Declare with the sound of bjoyful shouting, proclaim this,
  cSend it out to the end of the earth;
  Say, “dThe LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob.”
  21 They did not athirst when He led them through the deserts.
  He bmade the water flow out of the rock for them;
  He split the rock and cthe water gushed forth.
  22aThere is no peace for the wicked,” says the LORD.

[20] aJr 50:8; 51:6, 45; Zc 2:6, 7; Rv 18:4 bIs 42:10; 49:13; 52:9 cIs 62:11; Jr 31:10; 50:2 dIs 43:1; 52:9; 63:9
[21] aIs 30:25; 35:6, 7; 41:17, 18; 43:19, 20; 49:10 bEx 17:6; Ps 78:15, 16 cPs 78:20; 105:41
[22] aIs 57:21


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God to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealeth his prophecies.

1 ¶ Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, [but] not in truth, nor in righteousness. 2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts [is] his name. 3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did [them] suddenly, and they came to pass. 4 Because I knew that thou [art] obstinate, and thy neck [is] an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; 5 I have even from the beginning declared [it] to thee; before it came to pass I shewed [it] thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. 6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare [it]? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. 7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. 8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time [that] thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

[1] Gn 32:28; 35:10; Ex 23:13; Lv 19:12; Nu 24:7; Dt 5:28; 6:13; 10:20; 33:28; 2K 17:34; Ps 50:16; 63:11; 66:3; 68:26; Pv 5:16; Is 1:10; 26:13; 44:5; 45:23; 62:8; 65:16; Jr 4:2; 5:2; 7:9; Zp 1:5; Mal 3:5; Mt 15:8; 23:14; Jn 1:47; 4:24; Ro 2:17, 28; 9:6, 8; 1Ti 4:2; 2Ti 3:2; Rv 2:9; 3:9.
[2] Jg 17:13; 1S 4:3; Ne 11:1, 18; Ps 48:1; 87:3; Is 10:20; 47:4; 51:13; 52:1; 64:10; Jr 7:4; 10:16; 21:2; Dn 9:24; Mi 3:11; Mt 4:5; 27:53; Jn 8:40; Ro 2:17; Rv 11:2; 21:2; 22:19.
[3] Jsh 21:45; 23:14; Is 10:12, 33; 37:7, 29, 36; 41:22; 42:9; 43:9; 44:7; 45:21; 46:9.
[4] Ex 32:9; 33:3, 5; Dt 10:16; 31:27; 2K 17:14; 2Ch 30:8; 36:13; Ne 9:16, 28; Ps 75:5; 78:8; Pv 29:1; Is 46:12; Jr 3:3; 5:3; 7:26; 19:15; Ezk 3:4, 7; Dn 5:20; Zc 7:11, 12; Ac 7:51; Ro 2:5; He 3:13.
[5] Is 42:8; 44:7; 46:10; 48:3; Jr 44:17; Lk 1:70; Ac 15:18.
[6] Ps 40:9; 71:15; 78:3; 107:43; 119:13; 145:4; Is 21:10; 42:9; 43:8; Jr 2:31; 50:2; Dn 12:8; Am 3:6; Mi 6:9; Mt 10:27; Jn 15:15; Ac 1:8; Ro 16:25; 1Co 2:9; 1P 1:10; Rv 1:19; 4:1; 5:1; 6:1.
[8] Dt 9:7; Ps 40:6; 51:5; 58:3; 139:1; Is 6:9; 21:2; 26:11; 29:10; 42:19; 48:4; 50:5; Jr 3:7, 20; 5:11, 21; 6:10; Ezk 16:3; Ho 5:7; 6:7; Mal 2:11; Mt 13:13; Jn 12:39; Ep 2:3.

He saveth them for his own sake.

9 ¶ For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. 10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 11 For mine own sake, [even] for mine own sake, will I do [it]: for how should [my name] be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

[9] Jsh 7:9; 1S 12:22; Ne 9:30; Ps 25:11; 78:38; 79:9; 103:8; 106:8; 143:11; Pv 19:11; Is 37:35; 43:25; 48:11; Jr 14:7; Ezk 20:9, 14, 22, 44; Dn 9:17.
[10] Dt 4:20; Jb 23:10; Ps 66:10; Pv 17:3; Is 1:25; Jr 9:7; Ezk 20:38; 22:18; Zc 13:8; Mal 3:2; He 12:10; 1P 1:7; 4:12; Rv 3:19.
[11] Nu 14:15; Dt 32:26; Is 42:8; 48:5, 9; 52:5; Ezk 20:9, 39; Jn 5:23; Ro 2:24.

He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and providence.

12 ¶ Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I [am] he; I [am] the first, I also [am] the last. 13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: [when] I call unto them, they stand up together. 14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these [things]? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm [shall be on] the Chaldeans. 15 I, [even] I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

[12] Dt 32:39; Pv 7:24; 8:32; Is 34:1; 41:4; 44:6; 46:3; 49:1; 51:1, 4, 7; 55:3; Mt 20:16; Ro 1:6; 8:28; 1Co 1:24; 1P 2:9; Rv 1:8, 11, 17; 2:8; 17:14; 22:13.
[13] Ex 20:11; Jb 37:18; Ps 102:25; 119:89; 147:4; 148:5; Is 40:12, 22, 26; 42:5; 45:18; He 1:10.
[14] Is 13:4, 17; 41:22; 43:9; 44:7, 28; 45:1, 20; 46:11; Jr 50:21; 51:20; Mk 10:21.
[15] Jsh 1:8; Ps 45:4; Ezk 1:2.

He lamenteth their backwardness.

16 ¶ Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest go. 18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: 19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

[16] Is 11:1; 45:19; 48:3; 61:1; Zc 2:8; Lk 4:18; Jn 3:34; 18:20; 20:21.
[17] Dt 8:17; 1K 8:36; Jb 22:21; 36:22; Ps 25:8, 12; 32:8; 71:17; 73:24; Is 2:3; 30:20; 43:14, 16; 44:6; 48:20; 49:9; 54:5, 13; Jr 6:16; 31:33; Mi 4:2; Jn 6:45; Ep 4:21.
[18] Dt 5:29; 32:29; Ps 36:8; 81:13; 119:165; Is 32:15; 66:12; Am 5:24; Mt 23:37; Lk 19:41; Ro 14:17.
[19] Gn 13:16; 22:17; Jsh 7:9; Ru 4:10; 1K 9:7; Ps 9:5; 109:13; Is 9:14; 10:22; 14:22; 48:9; Jr 33:22; Ho 1:10; Zp 1:4; Ro 9:27.

He powerfully delivereth his people out of Babylon.

20 ¶ Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it [even] to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob. 21 And they thirsted not [when] he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. 22 [There is] no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

[20] Ex 15:1; 19:4; 2S 7:23; Ps 126:1; Is 12:1; 26:1; 45:22; 48:6; 49:13; 52:9, 11; Jr 31:10, 12; 50:2, 8; 51:6, 45, 48; Zc 2:6; Rv 18:4, 20; 19:1.
[21] Ex 17:6; Nu 20:11; Ne 9:15; Ps 78:15, 20; 105:41; Is 30:25; 35:6; 41:17; 43:19; 49:10; Jr 31:9.
[22] Jb 15:20; Is 57:21; Lk 19:42; Ro 3:17.


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