End of Captivity
12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called; I am He, I am the First, I am the Last.
13 “My hand founded and established the earth, and My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together [in obedience to carry out My decrees].
14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen! Who among them [the idols and Chaldean astrologers] has declared these things? The Lord loves him (Cyrus of Persia); he will do His pleasure and purpose against Babylon, and his arm will be against the Chaldeans [who reign in Babylon].
15 “I, even I, have spoken; indeed, I have called Cyrus; I have brought him, and will make his way successful.
16 “Come near to Me, listen to this: From the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time that it happened, I was there. And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His [Holy] Spirit.”
17 This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit (benefit),
Who leads you in the way that you should go.
18 “Oh, that you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a [flowing] river, and your righteousness [the holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea.
19 “Your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants [in number] like the grains of sand; Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence.”
20 Get out of Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans [who reign there]!
Declare with a voice of jubilation, proclaim this, send it out to the end of the earth; Say, “The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob.”
21 They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts. He made the waters flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock and the waters flowed.
22 “There is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.Isaiah 48:12-22 (AMP)