Isaiah 43

Israel Redeemed

1But now, thus says the  Lord, your a  Creator, O Jacob,
And He who b  formed you, O Israel,
“Do not c  fear, for I have d  redeemed you;
I have e  called you by name; you are f  Mine!
2When you g  pass through the waters h  I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you i  walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
3“For j  I am the  Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your k  Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Or Ethiopia
,
m  Cush and Seba in your place.
4Since you are n  precious in My sight,
Since you are o  honored and I p  love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
5Do not fear, for q  I am with you;
I will bring r  your offspring from the east,
And s  gather you from the west.
6I will say to the t  north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My u  sons from afar
And My daughters from the v  ends of the earth,
7Everyone who is w  called by My name,
And whom I have x  created for My y  glory,
z  Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Israel Is God’s Witness

8Bring out the people who are aa  blind, even though they have eyes,
And the deaf, even though they have ears.
9All the nations have ab  gathered together
So that the peoples may be assembled.
Who among them can ac  declare this
And proclaim to us the former things?
Let them present ad  their witnesses ae  that they may be justified,
Or let them hear and say, “It is true.”
10“You are af  My witnesses,” declares the  Lord,
“And ag  My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that ah  I am He.
ai  Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
11“I, even I, am the  Lord,
And there is no aj  savior ak  besides Me.
12It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no al  strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the  Lord,
And I am God.
13Even
So with Gr; Heb from the day
,
an  from eternity ao  I am He,
And there is ap  none who can deliver out of My hand;
aq  I act and who can reverse it?”

Babylon to Be Destroyed

14Thus says the  Lord your ar  Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, For your sake I have sent to Babylon,
And will bring them all down as fugitives,
Another reading is As for the Chaldeans, their rejoicing is turned into lamentations
Even the at  Chaldeans, into the au  ships
Lit of their rejoicing
in which they rejoice.
15“I am the  Lord, your Holy One,
aw  The Creator of Israel, your ax  King.”

16Thus says the  Lord, Who ay  makes a way through the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17Who brings forth the az  chariot and the horse,
The army and the mighty man
(They will lie down together and not rise again;
They have been ba  quenched and extinguished like a wick):
18 bb  Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
19Behold, I will do something bc  new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even bd  make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
20The beasts of the field will glorify Me,
The be  jackals and the ostriches,
Because I have bf  given waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My chosen people.
21The people whom bg  I formed for Myself
bh  Will declare My praise.

The Shortcomings of Israel

22Yet you have not called on Me, O Jacob;
But you have become bi  weary of Me, O Israel.
23“You have bj  not brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings,
Nor have you bk  honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not bl  burdened you with
Or a meal offering
offerings,
Nor wearied you with bn  incense.
24You have bought Me not
Or calamus
,
bp  sweet cane with money,
Nor have you
Or saturated
filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
Rather you have burdened Me with your sins,
You have br  wearied Me with your iniquities.

25“I, even I, am the one who bs  wipes out your transgressions bt  for My own sake,
And I will bu  not remember your sins.
26
Or Report to Me
Put Me in remembrance bw  let us argue our case together;
State your cause bx  that you may be proved right.
27“Your by  first
Lit father
forefather sinned,
And your
Or interpreters
,
cb  spokesmen have
Or rebelled
transgressed against Me.
28“So I will
Or pierce through
pollute the
Or holy princes
princes of the sanctuary,
And I will consign Jacob to the cf  ban and Israel to cg  revilement.

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