Isaiah Chapter 48
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 God, to conuince the people of their foreknowen obstinacie, reuealed his prophecies. 9 He saueth them for his owne sake. 12 He exhorteth them to obedience, because of his power and prouidence. 16 Hee lamenteth their backewardnesse. 20 Hee powerfully deliuereth his out of Babylon.
Heare yee this, O house of Iacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come foorth out of the waters of Iudah; which sweare by the Name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in trueth nor in righteousnes.
For they call themselues of the holy city, and stay themselues vpon the God of Israel, the Lord of hostes is his Name.
God trieth his.
I haue declared the former things from the beginning: and they went foorth out of my mouth, and I shewed them, I did them suddenly, and they came to passe.
Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy necke is an yron sinew, and thy brow brasse:4
I haue euen from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to passe I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idole hath done them, and my grauen image, and my molten image hath commanded them.
Thou hast heard, see all this, and will not yee declare it? I haue shewed thee new things from this time, euen hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
They are created now, and not from the beginning, euen before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
Yea thou heardest not, yea thou knewest not, yea from that time that thine eare was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deale very treacherously, and wast called a transgressour from the wombe.
¶ For my names sake will I deferre mine anger, and for my praise will I refraine for thee, that I cut thee not off.
Behold, I haue refined thee, but not with siluer; I haue chosen thee in the fornace of affliction.10
For mine owne sake, euen for mine owne sake will I doe it; for how should my Name bee polluted? And I will not giue my glory vnto another.11
¶ Hearken vnto me, O Iacob, and Israel my called; I am hee, I am the first, I also am the last.12
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heauens: when I call vnto them, they stand vp together.13
All yee assemble your selues and heare: which among them hath declared these things? the Lord hath loued him: hee will doe his pleasure on Babylon, and his arme shall be on the Caldeans.
I, euen I haue spoken, yea I haue called him: I haue brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
¶ Come ye neere vnto me; heare ye this; I haue 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.
Goe from Babylon.
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 goe.
O that thou haddest hearkened to my commandements! then had thy peace beene as a riuer, and thy righteousnesse as the waues of the sea.
Thy seede also had beene as the sand, and the ofspring of thy bowels like the grauell thereof: his name should not haue beene cut off, nor destroyed from before me.
¶ Goe yee forth of Babylon: flee yee from the Caldeans, with a voyce of singing, declare yee, tell this, vtter it euen to the end of the earth: say yee; The Lord hath redeemed his seruant Iacob.20
And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of the rocke for them: he claue the rocke also, and the waters gushed out.21
There is no peace, saith the Lord, vnto the wicked.22
Isaiah Chapter 48 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
4 Heb. hard.
10 Or, for siluer.
12 Chap. 41.4. and 44.6. reuel.1.17. and 22.13.
13 Or, the palme of my right hand hath spread out.
20 Exod. 19. 4.5,6.
21 Exod. 17. 6. num. 20. 11.
22 Chap. 57. 21.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania