Isaiah 43:1–28

Israel’s Only Savior

43 But now, this is what the Lord says—

he who createdv you, Jacob,

he who formedw you, Israel:x

“Do not fear, for I have redeemedy you;

I have summoned you by name;z you are mine.a

When you pass through the waters,b

I will be with you;c

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,d

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.e

For I am the Lord your God,f

the Holy Oneg of Israel, your Savior;h

I give Egypti for your ransom,

Cusha j and Sebak in your stead.l

Since you are precious and honoredm in my sight,

and because I loven you,

I will give people in exchange for you,

nations in exchange for your life.

Do not be afraid,o for I am with you;p

I will bring your childrenq from the east

and gatherr you from the west.s

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’

and to the south,t ‘Do not hold them back.’

Bring my sons from afar

and my daughtersu from the ends of the earthv

everyone who is called by my name,w

whom I createdx for my glory,y

whom I formed and made.z

Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,a

who have ears but are deaf.b

All the nations gather togetherc

and the peoples assemble.

Which of their gods foretoldd this

and proclaimed to us the former things?

Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,

so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”

10 “You are my witnesses,e” declares the Lord,

“and my servantf whom I have chosen,

so that you may knowg and believe me

and understand that I am he.

Before me no godh was formed,

nor will there be one after me.i

11 I, even I, am the Lord,j

and apart from me there is no savior.k

12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—

I, and not some foreign godl among you.

You are my witnesses,m” declares the Lord, “that I am God.

13 Yes, and from ancient daysn I am he.o

No one can deliver out of my hand.

When I act, who can reverse it?”p

God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness

14 This is what the Lord says—

your Redeemer,q the Holy Oner of Israel:

“For your sake I will send to Babylon

and bring down as fugitivess all the Babylonians,b t

in the ships in which they took pride.

15 I am the Lord,u your Holy One,

Israel’s Creator,v your King.w

16 This is what the Lord says—

he who made a way through the sea,

a path through the mighty waters,x

17 who drew outy the chariots and horses,z

the army and reinforcements together,a

and they layb there, never to rise again,

extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:c

18 “Forget the former things;d

do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing!e

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wildernessf

and streams in the wasteland.g

20 The wild animalsh honor me,

the jackalsi and the owls,

because I provide waterj in the wilderness

and streams in the wasteland,

to give drink to my people, my chosen,

21 the people I formedk for myselfl

that they may proclaim my praise.m

22 “Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,

you have not weariedn yourselves forc me, Israel.o

23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,p

nor honoredq me with your sacrifices.r

I have not burdeneds you with grain offerings

nor wearied you with demandst for incense.u

24 You have not bought any fragrant calamusv for me,

or lavished on me the fatw of your sacrifices.

But you have burdened me with your sins

and weariedx me with your offenses.y

25 “I, even I, am he who blots out

your transgressions,z for my own sake,a

and remembers your sinsb no more.c

26 Review the past for me,

let us argue the matter together;d

state the casee for your innocence.

27 Your first fatherf sinned;

those I sent to teachg you rebelledh against me.

28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;

I consigned Jacob to destructiond i

and Israel to scorn.j

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Isaiah 44:1–28

Israel the Chosen

44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,k

Israel, whom I have chosen.l

This is what the Lord says—

he who madem you, who formed you in the womb,n

and who will helpo you:

Do not be afraid,p Jacob, my servant,q

Jeshurun,a r whom I have chosen.

For I will pour waters on the thirsty land,

and streams on the dry ground;t

I will pour out my Spiritu on your offspring,

and my blessingv on your descendants.w

They will spring up like grassx in a meadow,

like poplar treesy by flowing streams.z

Some will say, ‘I belonga to the Lord’;

others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;

still others will write on their hand,b ‘The Lord’s,’c

and will take the name Israel.

The Lord, Not Idols

“This is what the Lord says—

Israel’s Kingd and Redeemer,e the Lord Almighty:

I am the first and I am the last;f

apart from me there is no God.g

Who then is like me?h Let him proclaim it.

Let him declare and lay out before me

what has happened since I established my ancient people,

and what is yet to come—

yes, let them foretelli what will come.

Do not tremble, do not be afraid.

Did I not proclaimj this and foretell it long ago?

You are my witnesses. Is there any Godk besides me?

No, there is no other Rock;l I know not one.”

All who make idolsm are nothing,

and the things they treasure are worthless.n

Those who would speak up for them are blind;o

they are ignorant, to their own shame.p

10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,q

which can profit nothing?r

11 People who do that will be put to shame;s

such craftsmen are only human beings.

Let them all come together and take their stand;

they will be brought down to terror and shame.t

12 The blacksmithu takes a tool

and works with it in the coals;

he shapes an idol with hammers,

he forges it with the might of his arm.v

He gets hungry and loses his strength;

he drinks no water and grows faint.w

13 The carpenterx measures with a line

and makes an outline with a marker;

he roughs it out with chisels

and marks it with compasses.

He shapes it in human form,y

human form in all its glory,

that it may dwell in a shrine.z

14 He cut down cedars,

or perhaps took a cypress or oak.

He let it grow among the trees of the forest,

or planted a pine,a and the rain made it grow.

15 It is used as fuelb for burning;

some of it he takes and warms himself,

he kindles a fire and bakes bread.

But he also fashions a god and worshipsc it;

he makes an idol and bowsd down to it.

16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;

over it he prepares his meal,

he roasts his meat and eats his fill.

He also warms himself and says,

“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.e

17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;

he bows down to it and worships.f

He praysg to it and says,

“Saveh me! You are my god!”

18 They know nothing, they understandi nothing;

their eyesj are plastered over so they cannot see,

and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

19 No one stops to think,

no one has the knowledge or understandingk to say,

“Half of it I used for fuel;l

I even baked bread over its coals,

I roasted meat and I ate.

Shall I make a detestablem thing from what is left?

Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”n

20 Such a person feeds on ashes;o a deludedp heart misleads him;

he cannot save himself, or say,

“Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?q

21 “Rememberr these things, Jacob,

for you, Israel, are my servant.s

I have made you, you are my servant;t

Israel, I will not forget you.u

22 I have swept awayv your offenses like a cloud,

your sins like the morning mist.

Returnw to me,

for I have redeemedx you.”

23 Sing for joy,y you heavens, for the Lord has done this;

shout aloud, you earthz beneath.

Burst into song, you mountains,a

you forests and all your trees,b

for the Lord has redeemedc Jacob,

he displays his gloryd in Israel.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 “This is what the Lord says—

your Redeemer,e who formedf you in the womb:g

I am the Lord,

the Maker of all things,

who stretches out the heavens,h

who spreads out the earthi by myself,

25 who foilsj the signs of false prophets

and makes fools of diviners,k

who overthrows the learning of the wisel

and turns it into nonsense,m

26 who carries out the wordsn of his servants

and fulfillso the predictions of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem,p ‘It shall be inhabited,’

of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’

and of their ruins,q ‘I will restore them,’r

27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry,

and I will dry ups your streams,’

28 who says of Cyrus,t ‘He is my shepherd

and will accomplish all that I please;

he will say of Jerusalem,u “Let it be rebuilt,”

and of the temple,v “Let its foundationsw be laid.” ’

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