Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Isaiah 48 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles
Israel Must Leave Babylon
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:1 -

“Listen to this, house of Jacob —

those who are called by the name Israel

and have descended from[fn] Judah,

who swear by the name of the LORD

and declare the God of Israel,

but not in truth or righteousness.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:2 -

“For they are named after the holy city,

and lean on the God of Israel;

his name is the LORD of Armies.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:3 -

“I declared the past events long ago;

they came out of my mouth; I proclaimed them.

Suddenly I acted, and they occurred.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:4 -

“Because I know that you are stubborn,

and your neck is iron[fn]

and your forehead bronze,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:5 -

“therefore I declared to you long ago.

I announced it to you before it occurred,

so you could not claim, ‘My idol caused them;

my carved image and cast idol control them.’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:6 -

“You have heard it. Observe it all.

Will you not acknowledge it?

From now on I will announce new things to you,

hidden things that you have not known.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:7 -

“They have been created now, and not long ago;

you have not heard of them before today,

so you could not claim, ‘I already knew them! ’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:8 -

“You have never heard; you have never known;

for a long time your ears have not been open.

For I knew that you were very treacherous,

and were known as a rebel from birth.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:9 -

“I will delay my anger for the sake of my name,

and I will restrain myself for your benefit and for my praise,

so that you will not be destroyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:10 -

“Look, I have refined you, but not as silver;

I have tested[fn] you in the furnace of affliction.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:11 -

“I will act for my own sake, indeed, my own,

for how can I[fn] be defiled?

I will not give my glory to another.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:12 -

“Listen to me, Jacob,

and Israel, the one called by me:

I am he; I am the first,

I am also the last.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:13 -

“My own hand founded the earth,

and my right hand spread out the heavens;

when I summoned them,

they stood up together.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:14 -

“All of you, assemble and listen!

Who among the idols[fn] has declared these things?

The LORD loves him;[fn]

he will accomplish his will against Babylon,

and his arm will be against the Chaldeans.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:15 -

“I ​— ​I have spoken;

yes, I have called him;

I have brought him,

and he will succeed in his mission.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:16 -

“Approach me and listen to this.

From the beginning I have not spoken in secret;

from the time anything existed, I was there.”

And now the Lord GOD

has sent me and his Spirit.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:17 -

This is what the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says:

I am the LORD your God,

who teaches you for your benefit,

who leads you in the way you should go.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:18 -

If only you had paid attention to my commands.

Then your peace would have been like a river,

and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:19 -

Your descendants would have been as countless as the sand,

and the offspring of your body like its grains; 

their name would not be cut off

or eliminated from my presence.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:20 -

Leave Babylon,

flee from the Chaldeans!

Declare with a shout of joy,

proclaim this,

let it go out to the end of the earth;


“The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob! ”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:21 -

They did not thirst

when he led them through the deserts;

he made water flow from the rock for them;

he split the rock, and water gushed out.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:22 -

“There is no peace for the wicked,” says the LORD.

CSB Footnotes
Lit have come from the waters of
Lit is an iron sinew
DSS; MT reads chosen
DSS, Syr; MT reads it
Lit among them
= Cyrus

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan