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14 All of you, gather together and listen!
Who among them[a] announced these things?
The Lord’s ally[b] will carry out his desire against Babylon;
he will exert his power against the Babylonians.[c]
15 I, I have spoken—
yes, I have summoned him;
I lead him and he will succeed.[d]
16 Approach me—listen to this!
From the very first I have not spoken in secret;
when it happens,[e] I am there.”
So now, the Sovereign Lord has sent me, accompanied by his Spirit.[f]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 48:14 sn This probably refers to the idol gods (see v. 5).
  2. Isaiah 48:14 tn Or “friend,” or “covenant partner.” sn The Lord’s ally is a reference to Cyrus.
  3. Isaiah 48:14 tn Heb “and his arm [against] the Babylonians.”
  4. Isaiah 48:15 tn Heb “and his way will be prosperous.”
  5. Isaiah 48:16 tn Heb “from the time of its occurring.”
  6. Isaiah 48:16 sn The speaker here is not identified specifically, but he is probably Cyrus, the Lord’s “ally” mentioned in vv. 14-15.

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