Isaiah 48:12
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New International Version
"Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last.

New Living Translation
"Listen to me, O family of Jacob, Israel my chosen one! I alone am God, the First and the Last.

English Standard Version
“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.

New American Standard Bible
"Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.

King James Bible
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen to Me, Jacob, and Israel, the one called by Me: I am He; I am the first, I am also the last.

International Standard Version
"Listen to these things, Jacob, and Israel, whom I have called. I am the One: I am the first, I am even the last.

NET Bible
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.

New Heart English Bible
"Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called. I am the one. I am the first and the last.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hearken unto Me, O Jacob, And Israel My called: I am He; I am the first, I also am the last.

New American Standard 1977
“Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called;
            I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

King James 2000 Bible
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

American King James Version
Listen to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

American Standard Version
Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearken to me, O Jacob, and thou Israel whom I call: I am he, I am the first, and I am the last.

Darby Bible Translation
Hearken unto me, Jacob, and [thou] Israel, my called. I [am] HE; I, the first, and I, the last.

English Revised Version
Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

World English Bible
"Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Young's Literal Translation
Hearken to me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called one, I am He, I am first, and I am last;
Study Bible
Israel Promised Deliverance
11"For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another. 12"Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last. 13"Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together.…
Cross References
Revelation 1:17
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last,

Revelation 2:8
To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life.

Revelation 22:13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 41:4
"Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'"

Isaiah 43:10
"You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.

Isaiah 44:6
"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

Isaiah 51:1
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.
Treasury of Scripture

Listen to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

hearken

Isaiah 34:1 Come near, you nations, to hear; and listen, you people: let the …

Isaiah 46:3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house …

Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from far; The LORD …

Isaiah 51:1,4,7 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; …

Proverbs 7:24 Listen to me now therefore, O you children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they …

O Jacob. Three MSS. and two old editions add avid, 'my servant'

my called

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, …

Romans 1:6 Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ:

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Corinthians 1:24 But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

I am he

Isaiah 41:4 Who has worked and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? …

Isaiah 44:6 Thus said the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD …

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

Revelation 1:8,11,17,18 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, …

Revelation 2:8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said …

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

(12) Hearken unto me, O Jacob.--The prophet is drawing near to the end of the first great section of his book, and his conclusion takes the form of a condensed epitome of the great argument of Isaiah 40-47, asserting the oneness, the eternity, the omnipotence, the omniscience of Jehovah.

Verses 12-15. - THE SECOND ADDRESS. The tone of complaint is now dropped. Israel is invited to reflect seriously on the chief points urged in the preceding chapters.

(1) Their near relation to Jehovah (ver. 12);

(2) Jehovah's eternity and omnipotence (vers. 12, 13);

(3) the superiority of Jehovah to the gods of the nations, as shown by his prophetic power (ver. 14); and

(4) the near approach of deliverance by Cyrus (vers. 14, 15). Verse 12. - O Jacob and Israel (comp. Isaiah 40:27; Isaiah 41:8, 14; Isaiah 43:1, 22; Isaiah 44:1, 21; Isaiah 46:3; Isaiah 48:1). The figure is used which rhetoricians call hendiadys. The two names designate one and the same object. My called. "Called" and "chosen" from of old, out of all the nations of the earth (comp. Isaiah 41:9; Isaiah 44:1, 2, etc.); therefore bound to "hear" and to attend. Still more bound, considering who it is by whom they have been called - I AM HE - i.e. "I am the absolute and eternally unchangeable One, the Alpha and Omega of all history" (Delitzsch). The first, and also the Last, "from whom and to whom are all things" (Romans 11:36). Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called,.... Called before out of Egypt, and now out of Babylon, and who had the name of God called upon them, and who called upon the name of the Lord; so such who are called with a holy calling, according to the purpose and grace of God, by the Spirit and grace of Christ, unto fellowship with him, to partake of his grace here, and glory hereafter, are styled "the called of Jesus Christ", Romans 1:6 and who seems to be the person here speaking, as appears from the following clause: and it may be observed, that Jacob and Israel are described here in a different manner from what they are in the beginning of the chapter, since the Lord had declared his designs of grace towards them, and that he had chosen them, and would save them for his name's sake: which they had reason to believe he could and would do, from the account which he gives of himself: and they are called upon to hearken to him, as follows,

I am he, I am the first, and I also am the last; the everlasting I AM, the immutable Jehovah, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first cause and last end of all things; phrases expressive of the self-existence, supremacy, eternity, and immutability of Christ, Revelation 1:8, and what is it that such a sovereign, eternal and unchangeable Being cannot do? 12-15. The Almighty, who has founded heaven and earth, can, and will, restore His people.

the first … last—(Isa 41:4; 44:6).48:9-15 We have nothing ourselves to plead with God, why he should have mercy upon us. It is for his praise, to the honour of his mercy, to spare. His bringing men into trouble was to do them good. It was to refine them, but not as silver; not so thoroughly as men refine silver. If God should take that course, they are all dross, and, as such, might justly be put away. He takes them as refined in part only. Many have been brought home to God as chosen vessels, and a good work of grace begun in them, in the furnace of affliction. It is comfort to God's people, that God will secure his own honour, therefore work deliverance for them. And if God delivers his people, he cannot be at a loss for instruments to be employed. God has formed a plan, in which, for his own sake, and the glory of his grace, he saves all that come to Him.
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