Isaiah 48:3
New International Version
I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

New Living Translation
Long ago I told you what was going to happen. Then suddenly I took action, and all my predictions came true.

English Standard Version
“The former things I declared of old; they went out from my mouth, and I announced them; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

Berean Study Bible
I foretold the former things long ago; they came out of My mouth and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

King James Bible
I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

New King James Version
“I have declared the former things from the beginning; They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

New American Standard Bible
“I declared the former things long ago, And they went out of My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

NASB 1995
“I declared the former things long ago And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

NASB 1977
“I declared the former things long ago And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Amplified Bible
“I have declared the former things [which happened to Israel] in times past; They went forth from My mouth and I proclaimed them; Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Christian Standard Bible
I declared the past events long ago; they came out of my mouth; I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they occurred.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I declared the past events long ago; they came out of My mouth; I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they occurred.

American Standard Version
I have declared the former things from of old; yea, they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them: suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The first things that are from the beginning I have shown, and they went out of my mouth, also I made heard to you, and I act suddenly and they happen

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and they that have proceeded out of my mouth, and it became well known; I wrought suddenly, and the events came to pass.

Contemporary English Version
Long ago I announced what was going to be, then without warning, I made it happen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The former things of old I have declared, and they went forth out of my mouth, and I have made them to be heard: I did them suddenly and they came to pass.

English Revised Version
I have declared the former things from of old; yea, they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them: suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

Good News Translation
The LORD says to Israel, "Long ago I predicted what would take place; then suddenly I made it happen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From 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.

International Standard Version
I foretold the former things long ago; it went forth from my mouth, and I disclosed them; Suddenly, I acted, and they came to pass.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have declared the former things from of old; Yea, they went forth out of My mouth, and I announced them; Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

Literal Standard Version
I declared the former things from that time, And they have gone forth from My mouth, And I proclaim them, Suddenly I have done, and it comes.

NET Bible
"I announced events beforehand, I issued the decrees and made the predictions; suddenly I acted and they came to pass.

New Heart English Bible
I have declared the former things from of old; yes, they went forth out of my mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they happened.

World English Bible
I have declared the former things from of old; yes, they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them: suddenly I did them, and they happened.

Young's Literal Translation
The former things from that time I declared, And from my mouth they have gone forth, And I proclaim them, Suddenly I have done, and it cometh.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel's Stubbornness
2who indeed call yourselves after the holy city and lean on the God of Israel; the LORD of Hosts is His name. 3I foretold the former things long ago; they came out of My mouth and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. 4For I knew that you are stubborn; your neck is iron and your forehead is bronze.…

Cross References
Joshua 21:45
Not one of all the LORD's good promises to the house of Israel had failed; everything was fulfilled.

Isaiah 29:5
But your many foes will be like fine dust, the multitude of the ruthless like blowing chaff. Then suddenly, in an instant,

Isaiah 30:13
this iniquity of yours is like a breach about to fail, a bulge in a high wall, whose collapse will come suddenly--in an instant!

Isaiah 41:22
"Let them come and tell us what will happen. Tell the former things, so that we may reflect on them and know the outcome. Or announce to us what is coming.

Isaiah 41:27
I was the first to tell Zion: 'Look, here they are!' And I gave to Jerusalem a herald of good news.

Isaiah 42:9
Behold, the former things have happened, and now I declare new things. Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you."

Isaiah 43:9
All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and proclaim to us the former things? Let them present their witnesses to vindicate them, so that others may hear and say, "It is true."


Treasury of Scripture

I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

declared

Isaiah 41:22
Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.

Isaiah 42:9
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 43:9
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

and I

Isaiah 10:12-19,33,34
Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks…

Isaiah 37:7,29,36-38
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land…

Joshua 21:45
There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.









(3) I have declared . . .--Once more, for the seventh time, the prophet presses the fact of the Divine foreknowledge, not, as before, against the "no-faith" of the heathen, but against the "little faith" of Judah.

Verse 3. - I have declared the former things from the beginning (comp. Isaiah 41:26; Isaiah 43:9, 10; Isaiah 44:7, 8, etc.). "Former things" are here contrasted with the "new things" of ver. 6. Two cycles of prophecy seem to be intended - one of comparatively ancient date, the other quite fresh - both equally showing forth the power of God and his infinite superiority to the idols. It is difficult to determine what the two cycles of prophecy are. Delitzsch suggests that "the former things are the events experienced by the people from the very earliest times down to the times of Cyrus," while "the new things embrace the redemption of Israel from Babylon, the glorification of the people in the midst of a world of nations converted to the God of Israel, and the creation of a new heaven and a new earth." Dr. Kay thinks that the "former things" are those mentioned in the prophecies concerning Babylon generally, the "new things those about to be announced in Isaiah 49-56. I did them suddenly; rather, suddenly I wrought.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I foretold
הִגַּ֔דְתִּי (hig·gaḏ·tî)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

the former things
הָרִֽאשֹׁנוֹת֙ (hā·ri·šō·nō·wṯ)
Article | Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's 7223: First, in place, time, rank

long ago;
מֵאָ֣ז (mê·’āz)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's 227: At that time, place, therefore

they came
יָצְא֖וּ (yā·ṣə·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

out of My mouth;
וּמִפִּ֥י (ū·mip·pî)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

I proclaimed them.
וְאַשְׁמִיעֵ֑ם (wə·’aš·mî·‘êm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

Suddenly
פִּתְאֹ֥ם (piṯ·’ōm)
Adverb
Strong's 6597: Suddenness, suddenly

I acted,
עָשִׂ֖יתִי (‘ā·śî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

and they came to pass.
וַתָּבֹֽאנָה׃ (wat·tā·ḇō·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go


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