48 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 Lord,
and invoke 3 the God of Israel –
but not in an honest and just manner. 4
2 Indeed, they live in the holy city; 5
they trust in 6 the God of Israel,
whose name is the Lord who commands armies.
3 “I announced events beforehand, 7
I issued the decrees and made the predictions; 8
suddenly I acted and they came to pass.
4 I did this 9 because I know how stubborn you are.
Your neck muscles are like iron
and your forehead like bronze. 10
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.’
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
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.’
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 labeled 18 a rebel from birth.
9 For the sake of my reputation 19 I hold back my anger;
for the sake of my prestige 20 I restrain myself from destroying you. 21
10 Look, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have purified you 22 in the furnace of misery.
11 For my sake alone 23 I will act,
for how can I allow my name to be defiled? 24
I will not share my glory with anyone else! 25
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
13 Yes, my hand founded the earth;
my right hand spread out the sky.
I summon them;
they stand together.
14 All of you, gather together and listen!
Who among them 27 announced these things?
The Lord’s ally 28 will carry out his desire against Babylon;
he will exert his power against the Babylonians. 29
15 I, I have spoken –
yes, I have summoned him;
I lead him and he will succeed. 30
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 Lord has sent me, accompanied by his spirit. 32
17 This is what the Lord, your protector, 33 says,
the Holy One of Israel: 34
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you how to succeed,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18 If only you had obeyed my 35 commandments,
prosperity would have flowed to you like a river, 36
deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea. 37
19 Your descendants would have been as numerous as sand, 38
and your children 39 like its granules.
Their name would not have been cut off
and eliminated from my presence. 40
20 Leave Babylon!
Flee from the Babylonians!
Announce it with a shout of joy!
Make this known!
Proclaim it throughout the earth! 41
Say, ‘The Lord protects 42 his servant Jacob.
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
22 There will be no prosperity for the wicked,” says the Lord.
49 Listen to me, you coastlands! 1
Pay attention, you people who live far away!
The Lord summoned me from birth; 2
he commissioned me when my mother brought me into the world. 3
2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
he hid me in the hollow of his hand;
he made me like a sharpened 4 arrow,
he hid me in his quiver. 5
3 He said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, through whom I will reveal my splendor.” 6
4 But I thought, 7 “I have worked in vain;
I have expended my energy for absolutely nothing.” 8
But the Lord will vindicate me;
my God will reward me. 9
5 So now the Lord says,
the one who formed me from birth 10 to be his servant –
he did this 11 to restore Jacob to himself,
so that Israel might be gathered to him;
and I will be honored 12 in the Lord’s sight,
for my God is my source of strength 13 –
6 he says, “Is it too insignificant a task for you to be my servant,
to reestablish the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the remnant 14 of Israel? 15
I will make you a light to the nations, 16
so you can bring 17 my deliverance to the remote regions of the earth.”
7 This is what the Lord,
the protector 18 of Israel, their Holy One, 19 says
to the one who is despised 20 and rejected 21 by nations, 22
a servant of rulers:
“Kings will see and rise in respect, 23
princes will bow down,
because of the faithful Lord,
the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.”
8 This is what the Lord says:
“At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you;
in the day of deliverance I will help you;
I will protect you 24 and make you a covenant mediator for people, 25
to rebuild 26 the land 27
and to reassign the desolate property.
9 You will say 28 to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
and to those who are in dark dungeons, 29 ‘Emerge.’ 30
They will graze beside the roads;
on all the slopes they will find pasture.
10 They will not be hungry or thirsty;
the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, 31
for one who has compassion on them will guide them;
he will lead them to springs of water.
11 I will make all my mountains into a road;
I will construct my roadways.”
12 Look, they come from far away!
Look, some come from the north and west,
and others from the land of Sinim! 32
13 Shout for joy, O sky! 33
Rejoice, O earth!
Let the mountains give a joyful shout!
For the Lord consoles his people
and shows compassion to the 34 oppressed.
14 “Zion said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me,
the sovereign master 35 has forgotten me.’
15 Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? 36
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? 37
Even if mothers 38 were to forget,
I could never forget you! 39
16 Look, I have inscribed your name 40 on my palms;
your walls are constantly before me.
17 Your children hurry back,
while those who destroyed and devastated you depart.
18 Look all around you! 41
All of them gather to you.
As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry;
you will put them on as if you were a bride.
19 Yes, your land lies in ruins;
it is desolate and devastated. 42
But now you will be too small to hold your residents,
and those who devoured you will be far away.
20 Yet the children born during your time of bereavement
will say within your hearing,
‘This place is too cramped for us, 43
make room for us so we can live here.’ 44
21 Then you will think to yourself, 45
‘Who bore these children for me?
I was bereaved and barren,
dismissed and divorced. 46
Who raised these children?
Look, I was left all alone;
where did these children come from?’”
22 This is what the sovereign Lord says:
“Look I will raise my hand to the nations;
I will raise my signal flag to the peoples.
They will bring your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
23 Kings will be your children’s 47 guardians;
their princesses will nurse your children. 48
With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you
and they will lick the dirt on 49 your feet.
Then you will recognize that I am the Lord;
those who wait patiently for me are not put to shame.
24 Can spoils be taken from a warrior,
or captives be rescued from a conqueror? 50
25 Indeed,” says the Lord,
“captives will be taken from a warrior;
spoils will be rescued from a conqueror.
I will oppose your adversary
and I will rescue your children.
26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 51
Then all humankind 52 will recognize that
I am the Lord, your deliverer,
your protector, 53 the powerful ruler of Jacob.” 54