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Chapter 48

1 Hear you this, O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel,
and are come forth out of the waters of Judah,
who swear by the name of Jehovah/God,
and make mention of the 'Elohiym/Godhead of Israel,
{but} not in truth, nor in righteousness.

2 For they call themselves of the holy city,
and stay themselves upon the 'Elohiym/Godhead of Israel . . .
Jehovah/God of the armies/hosts is His name.

3 I have declared the former things from the beginning;
and they went forth out of My mouth,
and I showed them.

I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

4~~ Because I knew that you are stubborn {and arrogant}
and your neck is an iron sinew,
and your forehead like bronze.

5 I have even from the beginning declared it to you . . .
before it came to pass I showed it you . . .
lest you should say,
my idol has done them,
and my graven image,
and my molten image,
has commanded them.

6 You have heard, see all this . . . and will not you declare it?

I have showed you new things from this time,
even hidden things,
and you did not know them.

7 They are created now,
and not from the beginning . . .
even before the day
when you heard them not;
lest you should say, Behold, I knew them.

8 Yes, you heard not.

Yes, you knew not.

Yes, from that time that your ear was not opened . . .
for I knew that you would deal very treacherously,
and were called a transgressor from the womb.

9 For My name's sake will I defer My anger,
and for My praise will I refrain for you,
that I cut you not off.

10 Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver.

I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.

11 For My own sake,
even for My own sake,
will I do it.

For how should My name be polluted?

And I will not give My glory unto another.

12 'Hear, listen and obey' {shama`} unto me,
O Jacob and Israel, My called.

I am He.

I am the first {the Alpha}.

I also am the last {the Omega}.

13 My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth,
and My right hand has spanned the heavens.

When I call unto them, they stand up together.

14 All you, assemble yourselves, and hear.

Who among them has declared these things?

Jehovah/God has loved him.

He will do his pleasure on Babylon,
and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.

15 I, even I, have spoken.

Yes, I have called him.

I have brought him,
and He shall make His Way prosperous.

{Mystery of the Trinity}
16~~ Come you {Israel}
near to Me,
listen to this;
from the first I {Jesus}
have not spoken in secret.

From the time it took place,
I {Jesus} was there.

And now
the Lord/'Adonay God/Jehovah {the Father}
has sent Me {Jesus},
and His Spirit {God the Holy Spirit}.

17`` Thus said Jehovah/God {Jesus},
your Redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel,
I am Jehovah/God your 'Elohiym/Godhead
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the Way that you should go.

18 O that you have 'heard, listened and obeyed' {shama`}
to My commandments!

Then had your peace been as a river,
and your righteousness as the waves of the sea . . . 19
your seed also had been as the sand,
and the offspring of your bowels
like the gravel thereof . . .
his name should not have been cut off
nor destroyed from before Me.

20 Go you forth of Babylon,
flee you from the Chaldeans,
with a voice of singing declare you, tell this,
utter it even to the end of the earth . . . say you,
Jehovah/God has 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 'kept on breaking open' the rock also,
and the waters gushed out.

22 There is no peace, said Jehovah/God,
unto the wicked.