Bible: Isaiah 48:12-16

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 

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