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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Isaiah 48:1-22

48  Hear this, O house of Jacob, YOU who are calling yourselves by the name of Israel+ and who have come forth from the very waters* of Judah,+ YOU who are swearing by the name of Jehovah+ and who make mention even of the God* of Israel,+ not in truth* and not in righteousness.+  For they have called themselves as being from the holy city,+ and upon the God of Israel they have supported themselves,+ Jehovah of armies being his name.+  “The first things I have told even from that time, and out of my own mouth they went forth, and I kept making them heard.+ Suddenly I acted, and the things proceeded to come in.+  Due to my knowing that you are hard+ and that your neck is an iron sinew+ and your forehead is copper,+  I also kept telling you from that time. Before it could come in, I caused you to hear [it],+ that you might not say, ‘My own idol has done them, and my own carved image and my own molten image have commanded them.’+  You have heard.+ Behold it all.+ As for YOU people, will YOU not tell [it]?+ I have made you hear new things from the present time, even things kept in reserve,* that you have not known.+  At the present time they must be created, and not from that time, even things that before today you have not heard, that you may not say, ‘Look! I have already known them.’+  “Moreover, you have not heard,+ neither have you known, nor from that time on has your ear been opened. For I well know that without fail you kept dealing treacherously,+ and a ‘transgressor from the belly’* you have been called.+  For the sake of my name I shall check my anger,+ and for my praise I shall restrain myself toward you that there may be no cutting you off.+ 10  Look! I have refined you, but not in [the form of] silver.+ I have made choice of you in the smelting furnace of affliction.+ 11  For my own sake, for my own sake I shall act,+ for how could one let oneself be profaned?+ And to no one else shall I give my own glory.+ 12  “Listen to me, O Jacob, and you Israel my called one. I am the same One.+ I am the first.+ Moreover, I am the last.+ 13  Moreover, my own hand laid the foundation of the earth,+ and my own right hand extended out the heavens.+ I am calling to them, that they may keep standing together.+ 14  “Be collected together, all YOU people, and hear.+ Who among them* has told these things? Jehovah himself has loved him.+ He will do what is his delight upon Babylon,+ and his own arm will be upon the Chal·de′ans.+ 15  I—I myself have spoken. Moreover, I have called him.+ I have brought him in, and there will be a making of his way successful.+ 16  “Come near to me, YOU people. Hear this. From the start I have spoken in no place of concealment at all.+ From the time of its occurring I have been there.” And now the Sovereign Lord Jehovah himself has sent me, even* his spirit.+ 17  This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser,+ the Holy One of Israel:+ “I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit [yourself],+ the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk.+ 18  O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments!+ Then your peace would become just like a river,+ and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.+ 19  And your offspring would become just like the sand, and the descendants from your inward parts like the grains of it.+ One’s name* would not be cut off or be annihilated from before me.”+ 20  Go forth, YOU people, out of Babylon!+ Run away from the Chal·de′ans.+ Tell forth even with the sound of a joyful cry, cause this to be heard.+ Make it to go forth to the extremity of the earth.+ Say: “Jehovah has repurchased his servant Jacob.+ 21  And they did not get thirsty+ when he was making them walk even through devastated places.+ Water out of the rock he caused to flow forth for them, and he proceeded to split a rock that the water might stream forth.”+ 22  “There is no peace,” Jehovah has said, “for the wicked ones.”+

Footnotes

“Bowels; inward parts,” by a correction of M; about 40 Heb. mss, “days.”
“And . . . of the God of.” Heb., u·vEʼ·lo·heh′.
Or, “trueness.”
Or, “kept under safeguard.”
That is, from the mother’s womb.
“Them,” 1QIsaMTLXXVg; Sy and about 40 Heb. mss, “you.”
Or, “and.”
Or, “His name,” 1QIsaMTSyVg; LXX, “Your name.”