4 Because I
knew that you were
neck was an
And your brow bronze,
5 Even from
the beginning I have declared it
Before it came to pass I proclaimed
it to you,
Lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them,
And my carved image and my molded image
Have commanded them.’
6 “You have
See all this.
And will you not declare
I have made you hear new things from this time,
Even hidden things, and you did not know them.
7 They are
created now and not from the beginning;
And before this day you have not heard them,
Lest you should say, ‘Of course I knew them.’
8 Surely you
did not hear,
Surely you did not know;
Surely from long ago your ear was not opened.
For I knew that you would deal very
And were called ga
transgressor from the womb.
9 “For hMy
name’s sake iI
My praise I will restrain it from you,
So that I do not cut you off.
10 Behold, jI
have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the kfurnace
11 For My
own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
should My name
will not give My glory to another.
Ex. 32:9; Deut. 31:27; Ezek.
Deut. 9:7, 24; Ps. 58:3; Is.
Ps. 79:9; 106:8; Is. 43:25;
Ezek. 20:9, 14, 22, 44
[Neh. 9:30, 31]; Ps. 78:38;
Is. 30:18; 65:8
Deut. 4:20; 1 Kin. 8:51;
Lev. 22:2, 32; Deut. 32:26,
27; Ezek. 20:9
The New King James Version.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1982, S. Is 48:4-11
Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy
neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass [Isa. 48:4].
From the very beginning, when God took Israel out of
Egypt, He knew they were stiffnecked people. My friend, God did not choose
them because they were superior, nor did He choose us because we are
superior. God chose them and us because of His grace and because He saw our