Isaiah 43
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Israel's Only Savior

1Now 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!

2When 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.

3For I am the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

I give Egypt for your ransom,

Cusha and Seba in your place.

4Because 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.

5Do not be afraid, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east,

and gather you from the west.

6I 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—

7everyone called by My name and created for My glory,

whom I have indeed formed and made.”

8Bring out a people who have eyes but are blind,

and who have ears but are deaf.

9All 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.

11I, yes I, am the LORD,

and there is no Savior but Me.

12I 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.

13Even from eternity I am He,

and none can deliver out of My hand.

When I act, who can reverse it?”

God’s Mercy

14Thus 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,b

in the ships in which they rejoice.

15I am the LORD, your Holy One,

the Creator of Israel, and your King.”

16Thus says the LORD—

He who makes a way in the sea,

and a path through surging waters,

17who 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.

19Behold, 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.

20The 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.

21The people I formed for Myself

will declare My praise.

Israel's Unfaithfulness
(Judges 2:10-15; Jeremiah 2:23-37)

22But you have not called on Me, O Jacob,

because you have grown weary of Me, O Israel.

23You 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.

24You 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.

25I, yes I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake

and remembers your sins no more.

26Remind Me, let us argue the matter together.

State your case, so that you may be vindicated.

27Your first father sinned,

and your spokesmen rebelled against Me.

28So I will disgrace the princes of your sanctuary,

and consign Jacob to destructionc and Israel to reproach.

Footnotes:

3 a That is, the upper Nile region
14 b Or Babylonians
28 c The Hebrew term refers to giving over things or persons to the LORD, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering

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