43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who createdv you, Jacob,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemedy you;
2 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
3 For I am the Lord your God,f
I give Egypti for your ransom,
4 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.
I will bring your childrenq from the east
and to the south,t ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
7 everyone who is called by my name,w
whom I formed and made.z”
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,a
who have ears but are deaf.b
9 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
I, and not some foreign godl among you.
You are my witnesses,m” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”p
That is, the upper Nile region