You have heard these things foretold, now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things kept in reserve which you have not known. They are created now—called into being by the prophetic word, and not long ago; and before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, “Behold, I knew them!”
Yes, you have never heard, yes, you have never known; yes, from of old your ear has not been opened. For I, your Maker, knew that you, O house of Yisrael, dealt very treacherously; you were called a transgressor and a rebel in revolt from your birth.
For My name’s sake I defer My anger, and for the sake of My praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried and chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
For My own sake, for My own sake, I do it—I refrain and do not utterly destroy you; for why should I permit My name to be polluted and profaned—which it would be if your Maker completely destroyed His chosen people? And I will not give My esteem to another by permitting the worshipers of idols to triumph over you.
Listen to Me, O Yaaqob, and Yisrael, My called ones: I am He; I am the First, I also am the Last. Yes, My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together to execute My decrees. Assemble yourselves, all of you, and hear! Who among them—the gods and Chaldean astrologers has foretold these things?
Your Maker has loved him—Cyrus of Persia; he will do His pleasure and purpose on Babylon, and his arm will be against the Chaldeans. I, even I, have foretold it; yes, I have called him Cyrus; I have brought him, and your Maker shall make his way prosperous.
Come near to me and listen to this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it happened, I was there. And now your Maker and Master has sent His Spirit in and with me. Thus says your Maker, your Redeemer, the Set Apart One of Yisrael: I am your Maker your Master, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go.