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Isaiah 48:12-16

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48:12 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. 1 

48:13 Yes, my hand founded the earth;

my right hand spread out the sky.

I summon them;

they stand together.

48:14 All of you, gather together and listen!

Who among them 2  announced these things?

The Lord’s ally 3  will carry out his desire against Babylon;

he will exert his power against the Babylonians. 4 

48:15 I, I have spoken –

yes, I have summoned him;

I lead him and he will succeed. 5 

48:16 Approach me! Listen to this!

From the very first I have not spoken in secret;

when it happens, 6  I am there.”

So now, the sovereign Lord has sent me, accompanied by his spirit. 7 

1 tn Heb “I [am] he, I [am the] first, also I [am the] last.”

2 sn This probably refers to the idol gods (see v. 5).

3 tn Or “friend,” or “covenant partner.”

sn The Lord’s ally is a reference to Cyrus.

4 tn Heb “and his arm [against] the Babylonians.”

5 tn Heb “and his way will be prosperous.”

6 tn Heb “from the time of its occurring.”

7 sn The speaker here is not identified specifically, but he is probably Cyrus, the Lord’s “ally” mentioned in vv. 14-15.



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