GOD'S WORD® Translation
1Listen to this, descendants of Jacob! You are given the name of Israel. You are descended from Judah. You take oaths by the name of the LORD. You acknowledge the God of Israel, but you are not honest or sincere.
2You call yourselves [citizens] of the holy city. You depend on the God of Israel. His name is the LORD of Armies.
3From the beginning I revealed to you what would happen. These words came out of my mouth, and I made them known. Suddenly, I acted, and they happened.
4I know that you are stubborn. Like iron, you are hardheaded. Like bronze, nothing gets through your thick skull.
5That is why I revealed to you what would happen long ago. I told you about them before they happened. [I did this] so you couldn't say, "My gods have done these things. My carved idols and my metal idols have commanded them to happen."
6You've heard these words. Now look at all this. Won't you admit it? From now on I will reveal to you new things, hidden things that you do not know.
7They are created now, not in the past. You haven't heard about them before today, so you can't say that you already knew about them.
8You have never heard about them. You have never known about them. Your ears have never been open to hear them before. I know that you've acted very treacherously and that you have been called a rebel since you were born.
9For my name's sake I'll be patient. For my glory's sake I'll hold my anger back from you, rather than destroy you.
10I have refined you, but not like silver. I have tested you in the furnace of suffering.
11I am doing this for myself, only for myself. Why should my name be dishonored? I will not give my glory to anyone else.
12Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called. I am the one. I am the first and the last.
13My hand laid the foundation of the earth. My right hand stretched out the heavens. When I call for them, they both stand.
14Gather together, all of you, and listen. What idol has revealed such things? The LORD loves Cyrus. He will carry out the LORD's plan against Babylon. He will use his strength against the Babylonians.
15I alone have spoken. I have called him. I will bring him here, and he will succeed.
16Come here. Listen to this: From the beginning I have spoken nothing in private. From the time it took place, I was there. Now the Almighty LORD has sent me and his Spirit.
17This is what the LORD, your Defender, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God. I teach you what is best for you. I lead you where you should go.
18If only you had listened to my commands! Your peace would be like a river [that never runs dry]. Your righteousness would be like waves on the sea.
19Your descendants would be like sand. Your children would be like its grains. Their names would not be cut off or wiped out in my presence.
20Leave Babylon; flee from the Babylonians! Shout for joy as you tell it and announce it. Shout it out to the ends of the earth. Say that the LORD has reclaimed his servant Jacob.
21They weren't thirsty when he led them through the deserts. He made water flow from a rock for them. He split a rock, and water gushed out.
22"There is no peace for the wicked," says the LORD.