Isaiah 43

Restoration of Israel

1 Now this is what the Lord says
the One who created you, Jacob,
and the One who formed you, Israel a
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; b
I have called you by your name; you are Mine. c
2 I will be with you d
when you pass through the waters, e
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not overwhelm you.
You will not be scorched
when you walk through the fire, f
and the flame will not burn you.
3 For I
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh your God, h
the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior, i
give Egypt as a ransom for you,
Cush/ Cushite: The lands of the Nile in southern Egypt, including Nubia and Northern Sudan; the people who lived in that region
Cush and Seba in your place.
4 Because you are precious in My sight k
and honored, and I love you, l
I will give people in exchange for you
and nations instead of your life.
5 Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east, m
and gather you from the west. n
6 I will say to the north: Give them up!
and to the south: Do not hold them back!
Bring My sons from far away, o
and My daughters from the ends of the earth p
7 everyone called by My name
and created for My glory.
I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.”

8 Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes, q
and are deaf, yet have ears.
9 All the nations are gathered together,
and the peoples are assembled. r
Who among them can declare this, s
and tell us the former things?
Let them present their witnesses
to vindicate themselves,
so that people may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are My witnessest
this is the Lord’s declaration

“and My servant whom I have chosen, u
so that you may know and believe Me
and understand that I am He. v
No god was formed before Me,
and there will be none after Me. w
11 I, I am Yahweh,
and there is no other Savior but Me. x
12 I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed
and not some foreign god
Lit not a foreigner
among you.
So you are My witnesses” –
this is the Lord’s declaration

Or that
I am God. aa
13 Also, from today on I am He alone,
and none can deliver from My hand. ab
I act, and who can reverse it?” ac

God’s Deliverance of Rebellious Israel

14 This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, ad the Holy One of Israel ae says:

Because of you, I will send to Babylon
and bring all of them as fugitives,
Or will break down all their bars

even the Chaldeans ag in the ships in which they rejoice.
Hb obscure

15 I am Yahweh, your Holy One,
the Creator of Israel, your King.

16 This is what the Lord says
who makes a way in the sea,
and a path through surging waters, ai
17 who brings out the chariot and horse, aj
the army and the mighty one together
(they lie down, they do not rise again;
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick ak) –
18 “Do not remember the past events,
pay no attention to things of old. al
19 Look, I am about to do something new; am
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, an
DSS read paths
in the desert.
20 The animals of the field will honor Me,
jackals and ostriches,
because I provide water in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert, ap
to give drink to My chosen people.
21 The people I formed for Myself
will declare My praise. aq

22 “But Jacob, you have not called on Me,
because, Israel, you have become weary of Me. ar
23 You have not brought Me your sheep for
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offerings
or honored Me with your sacrifices. at
I have not burdened you with offerings
or wearied you with incense.
With demands for offerings and incense

24 You have not bought Me aromatic cane with silver,
or satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened Me with your sins;
you have wearied Me av with your iniquities. aw

25 “It is I who sweep away your transgressions ax
for My own sake ay
and remember your sins no more. az
26 Take Me to court; let us argue our case together. ba
State your case, so that you may be vindicated.
27 Your first father sinned, bb
and your mediators have rebelled against Me. bc
28 So I defiled the officers of the sanctuary,
set apart for destruction/ completely destroy: In Canaan or its neighboring countries, this was the destruction during war of a city, its inhabitants, and their possessions, including livestock.
set Jacob apart for destruction be
and Israel for abuse.
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