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pageId="iii"The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 48

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Exhortations to the Exiles

1Hear this, house of Jacobcalled by the name Israel,sprung from the stock of Judah,You who swear by the name of the LORDand invoke the God of Israelwithout sincerity, without justice,2Though you are named after the holy cityand rely on the God of Israel,whose name is the Lord of hosts.3Things of the past I declared long ago,they went forth from my mouth, Iannounced them;then suddenly I took action and theycame to be.4Because I know that you are stubbornand that your neck is an iron sinewand your forehead bronze,5I declared them to you of old;before they took place I informed you,That you might not say, “My idol didthem,my statue, my molten imagecommanded them.”6Now that you have heard, look at all this;must you not admit it?g Is 42:9.From now on I announce new things toyou,hidden events you never knew.7Now, not from of old, they are created,before today you did not hear of them,so that you cannot claim, “I haveknown them.”8You never heard, you never knew,they never reached your earsbeforehand.Yes, I know you are utterly treacherous,a rebel you were named from thewomb.h Is 43:22–24.9For the sake of my name I restrain myanger,for the sake of my renown I hold itback from you,lest I destroy you.10See, I refined you, but not like silver;I tested you in the furnace ofaffliction.i Is 1:25; Jer 6:29–30; Zec 13:9; Mal 3:2.11For my sake, for my own sake, I do this;why should my name be profaned?My glory I will not give to another.12Listen to me, Jacob,Israel, whom I called!I, it is I who am the first,and am I the last.j Is 41:4; 44:6;; 48:12;; Rev 1:8, 17.13Yes, my hand laid the foundations of theearth;my right hand spread out theheavens.When I summon them,they stand forth at once.k Is 40:22, 26; 45:12, 18.14All of you assemble and listen:Who among you declared thesethings?The one the LORD loves* shall do his willagainst Babylon and the offspring ofChaldea.15I myself have spoken, I have summonedhim,I have brought him, and his waysucceeds!16Come near to me and hear this!From the beginning I did not speak insecret;At the time it happens, I am there:“Now the LORD GOD has sent me, andhis spirit.”*17Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I am the LORD, your God,teaching you how to prevail,leading you on the way you should go.18If only you would attend to mycommandments,your peace would be like a river,your vindication like the waves of thesea,19Your descendants like the sand,the offspring of your loins like itsgrains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence.20Go forth from Babylon, flee fromChaldea!With shouts of joy declare this,announce it;Make it known to the ends of the earth,Say: “The LORD has redeemed hisservant Jacob.21They did not thirstwhen he led them through dry lands;Water from the rock he set flowing forthem;he cleft the rock, and waters welledforth.”l Ex 17:6; Nm 20:11.22There is no peace* for the wicked,says the LORD.

Notes:

g: Is 42:9.

h: Is 43:22–24.

i: Is 1:25; Jer 6:29–30; Zec 13:9; Mal 3:2.

j: Is 41:4; 44:6;; 48:12;; Rev 1:8, 17.

k: Is 40:22, 26; 45:12, 18.

l: Ex 17:6; Nm 20:11.

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