The Lord's Call to Israel

Isaiah 48

12 "Listen, Jacob. Listen, Israel -
I'm the One who named you!
I'm the One.
I got things started and, yes, I'll wrap them up.
Earth is my work, handmade.
And the skies - I made them, too, horizon to horizon.
When I speak, they're on their feet, at attention.

14 "Come everybody, gather around, listen:
Who among the gods has delivered the news?
I, God, love this man Cyrus, and I'm using him
to do what I want with Babylon.
I, yes I, have spoken. I've called him.
I've brought him here. He'll be successful.
Come close, listen carefully:
I've never kept secrets from you.
I've always been present with you."
16 And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spirit
with this Message from God,
your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel:
"I am God, your God,
who teaches you how to live right and well.
I show you what to do, where to go.
If you had listened all along to what I told you,
your life would have flowed full like a river,
blessings rolling in like waves from the sea.
Children and grandchildren are like sand,
your progeny like grains of sand.
There would be no end of them,
no danger of losing touch with me."

20 Get out of Babylon! Run from the Babylonians!
Shout the news. Broadcast it.
Let the world know, the whole world.
Tell them, "God redeemed his dear servant Jacob!"
21 They weren't thirsty when he led them through the deserts.
He made water pour out of the rock;
he split the rock and the water gushed.

22 "There is no peace," says God, "for the wicked."

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