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Heare yee this, O house of Iacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come foorth out of the waters of Iudah;
which sweare by the Name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in trueth nor in righteousnes.
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For they call themselues of the holy city, and stay themselues vpon the God of Israel, the Lord of hostes is his Name.
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I haue declared the former things from the beginning: and they went foorth out of my mouth, and I shewed them, I did them suddenly, and they came to passe.
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Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy necke is an yron sinew, and thy brow brasse:
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I haue euen from the beginning declared it to thee;
before it came to passe I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idole hath done them, and my grauen image, and my molten image hath commanded them.
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Thou hast heard, see all this, and will not yee declare it?
I haue shewed thee new things from this time, euen hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
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They are created now, and not from the beginning, euen before the day when thou heardest them not;
lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
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Yea thou heardest not, yea thou knewest not, yea from that time that thine eare was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deale very treacherously, and wast called a transgressour from the wombe.
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For my names sake will I deferre mine anger, and for my praise will I refraine for thee, that I cut thee not off.
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Behold, I haue refined thee, but not with siluer;
I haue chosen thee in the fornace of affliction.
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For mine owne sake, euen for mine owne sake will I doe it;
for how should my Name bee polluted?
And I will not giue my glory vnto another.
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Hearken vnto me, O Iacob, and Israel my called;
I am hee, I am the first, I also am the last.
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Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heauens: when I call vnto them, they stand vp together.
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All yee assemble your selues and heare: which among them hath declared these things?
The Lord hath loued him: hee will doe his pleasure on Babylon, and his arme shall be on the Caldeans.
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I, euen I haue spoken, yea I haue called him: I haue brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
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Come ye neere vnto me;
heare ye this;
I haue not spoken in secret from the beginning;
from the time that it was, there am I;
and now the Lord God and his Spirit hath sent me.
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Thus saith the Lord thy redeemer, the holy one of Israel;
I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest goe.
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O that thou haddest hearkened to my commandements!
Then had thy peace beene as a riuer, and thy righteousnesse as the waues of the sea.
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Thy seede also had beene as the sand, and the ofspring of thy bowels like the grauell thereof: his name should not haue beene cut off, nor destroyed from before me.
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Goe yee forth of Babylon: flee yee from the Caldeans, with a voyce of singing, declare yee, tell this, vtter it euen to the end of the earth: say yee;
The Lord hath redeemed his seruant Iacob.
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And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts;
he caused the waters to flow out of the rocke for them: he claue the rocke also, and the waters gushed out.
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There is no peace, saith the Lord, vnto the wicked.