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TitleIsaiah 48
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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The Lord Deals with a Stubborn Covenant People (48:1–16)


48 1[Hearken and][1]
hear this,

O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel,

who came forth from the waters of Judah
[or out of the waters of baptism],

who swear by the name of the LORD
and acknowledge the God of Israel,

[yet they swear] not in truth
nor in righteousness.

2[Nevertheless], they call themselves of the holy city,
and they lean upon the God of Israel,

[who is the Lord of Hosts;
yea] the LORD of Hosts is His name.

The Lord

3[Behold,] the former things I announced from of old;
and they went forth out of My mouth,

and I announced them.
I did [show] them suddenly, and they came to pass.

4[I did it] because I knew that you are obstinate,
and your neck is iron sinew,
and your forehead is brass.

5And I have told you from old;
before it came to pass, I [showed them] to you,
[and I showed them for fear]

lest you should say—


“My idol has done them;
my carved and molten images have commanded them.”

The Lord

6You have [seen and] heard. Now see all this!
And you, will you not declare it?

I announced to you new things from this time,
and hidden things, and you did not know them.

7They are created now,
and not from the beginning,

and before today you had not heard [they were declared to you],
lest you should say—


“Behold, I knew them.”

The Lord

8Moreover, you never heard;
moreover, you never knew;
moreover, from that time your ear was not opened,

for I knew that you would certainly betray
and that you were called a transgressor from the womb.

9[Nevertheless][2], for My name’s sake I will defer My anger;
and for My praise will I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.

10Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver;
I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.

11For My sake, [yea],
for My sake will I do it,

for [I will not suffer] my name to be polluted[3],
and My glory I will not give to another.

12Hearken to Me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I have called;

I am He; I am the first,
and I am also the last.

13Indeed, My hand has laid the foundation of the earth,
and My right hand has spread out the heavens.

I call to them;
they stand forth together.


14All of you, assemble yourselves and hear! Who among them has declared these things [unto them]? The LORD has loved him; [yea, and He will fulfil His word that He hath declared by them;

and] He will do His desire against Babylon,
and His arm [will come upon] the Chaldeans.

15[Also, says the Lord:]

The Lord

“I, [the Lord, yea,] I have spoken;
yea, I have called him [to declare,]

I have brought him,
and I[4] will make his way prosperous.

16Come near to Me;

I have not spoken in secret; from the beginning,
from the time that it was, there I [declared have I spoken.”]


And the Lord, the LORD
and His Spirit, has sent me.


Blessings God Desired for Israel (48:17–19)


17[And][5] thus says the LORD,
your Redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel,

The Lord

“[I have sent him,] the LORD your God, who teaches you to avail,
who leads you in the way you should go, [has done it].

18O that you had hearkened to My commandments—
then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

19And your seed also would have been like the sand,
the offspring of your loins like its grain;

their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before Me.”


Song of the Flight from Babylon (48:20–22)


20Go forth from Babylon;
flee from Chaldea.

With a voice of singing declare,
tell this, send it [voice of singing] to the end of the earth; say,


“The LORD has redeemed His servant, Jacob.
And they did not thirst in the deserts where He led them.

21He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them;
He split the rock, and the water gushed out.”


22[And notwithstanding He has done all this,
and greater also,][6] the LORD says:

The Lord

“There is no peace for the wicked.”


[1] Bracketed items in verses 1–16 set forth the variant readings in 1 Nephi 20:1–16.

[2] Bracketed items in verses 9–16 are from 1 Nephi 20:9–16.

[3] DSS Isaiah reads, “I be profaned.”

[4] One DSS Isaiah scroll attests “I” rather than “he.”

[5] Bracketed items in verse 17 are from 1 Nephi 20:17.

[6] From 1 Nephi 20:22.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 48:1