The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 48:16–19

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16  Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this: From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it was, there am I; and now YHWH GOD hath sent me, and His spirit.

16  Draw nigh to me, and hear ye these words; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning: when it took place, there was I, and now the Lord, even the Lord, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

16  Come near to me, listen to this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the creation, there am I; and now the LORD God, and his Spirit, has sent me.

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17  Thus saith YHWH, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the YHWH thy God, who teacheth thee for thy profit, who leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

17  Thus saith the Lord that delivered thee, the Holy One of Israel; I am thy God, I have shewn thee how thou shouldest find the way wherein thou shouldest walk.

17  Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord, your God, who teaches you beneficial things, who guides you in the way that you walk.

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18  Oh that thou wouldest hearken to My commandments! then would thy peace be as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea;

18  And if thou hadst hearkened to my commandments, then would thy peace have been like a river, and thy righteousness as a wave of the sea.

18  If only you had paid attention to my commandments! Your peace would have been like a river, and your justice would have been like the waves of the sea,

19  Thy seed also would be as the sand, and the offspring of thy body like the grains thereof; his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before Me.

19  Thy seed also would have been as the sand, and the offspring of thy belly as the dust of the ground: neither now shalt thou by any means be utterly destroyed, neither shall thy name perish before me.

19  and your offspring would have been like the sand, and the stock from your loins would have been like its stones. His name would not have passed away, nor would it have been worn away before my face.