Israel's Only Savior1 Now this is what the LORD says— He who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine! 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and [when you go through] the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I [am] the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt [for] your ransom, Cush ▼
▼ That is, the upper Nile regionand Seba in your place. 4 Because you are precious and honored in My sight, and [because] I love you, I will give men in exchange for you and nations in place of your life. 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth— 7 everyone called by My name and created for My glory, whom I have indeed formed [and] made.” 8 Bring out a people who have eyes but are blind, and who have ears but are deaf . 9 All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Who among them have declared this, and foretold the former things? Let them present their witnesses to vindicate themselves, so that others may hear and say, “It is true.” 10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me, no god was formed, and none will come after Me. 11 I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no Savior but Me. 12 I alone decreed and saved and proclaimed— [I,] and not some foreign god among you. So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. 13 Even from eternity I [am] He, and none can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”
God’s Mercy14 Thus says the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sake, I will send to Babylon and bring them all as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, ▼
▼ Or Babyloniansin the ships in which they rejoice. 15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, [and] your King.” 16 Thus says the LORD— He who makes a way in the sea, and a path through surging waters, 17 who brings out the chariots and horses, the armies and warriors together, to lie down [and] never rise again, to be extinguished, quenched like a wick— 18 “Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to things of old. 19 Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness [and] streams in the desert. 20 The animals of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to My chosen people. 21 The people I formed for Myself will declare My praise.
Israel's Unfaithfulness22 But you have not called on Me, O Jacob, because you have grown weary of Me, O Israel. 23 You have not brought Me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, nor wearied you with incense. 24 You have bought Me no sweet cane with [your] silver, nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened Me with your sins; you have wearied Me with your iniquities. 25 I, yes I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake and remembers your sins no more. 26 Remind Me, let us argue the matter together. State your case, so that you may be vindicated. 27 Your first father sinned, and your spokesmen rebelled against Me. 28 So I will disgrace the princes of your sanctuary, and consign Jacob to destruction ▼
▼ The Hebrew term refers to giving over things or persons to the LORD, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offeringand Israel to reproach.
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