GOD’S WORD Translation
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The Lord created Jacob and formed Israel. Now, this is what the Lord says: 

Do not be afraid, because I have reclaimed you. 

I have called you by name; you are mine. 

When you go through the sea, I am with you. 

When you go through rivers, they will not sweep you away. 

When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, 

and the flames will not harm you. 

I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. 

Egypt is the ransom I exchanged for you. 

Sudan and Seba are the price I paid for you. 

Since you are precious to me, you are honored and I love you. 

I will exchange others for you. 

Nations will be the price I pay for your life. 

Do not be afraid, because I am with you. 

I will bring your descendants from the east 

and gather you from the west. 

6  I will say to the north, “Give them up,” 

and to the south, “Do not keep them.” 

Bring my sons from far away 

and my daughters from the ends of the earth. 

Bring everyone who is called by my name

whom I created for my glory, 

whom I formed and made. 

Bring the people who are blind but still have eyes, 

the people who are deaf but still have ears. 

All nations have gathered together, and people have assembled. 

Who among them could have revealed this? 

Who among them could have foretold this to us? 

They should bring their witnesses to prove that they were right. 

Let the people hear them. Then they will say that it is true. 

10  “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord

“I have chosen you as my servant 

so that you can know and believe in me 

and understand that I am the one ⸤who did this⸥. 

No god was formed before me, 

and there will be none after me. 

11  I alone am the Lord

and there is no savior except me. 

12  I have revealed it to you, I have saved you, 

and I have announced it to you. 

There was no foreign ⸤god⸥ among you. 

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

13  “From the ⸤first⸥ day I was the one ⸤who did this⸥. 

No one can rescue people from my power. 

When I do something, who can undo it?” 

14 This is what the Lord, your Defender, the Holy One of Israel, says: 

For your sake I will send ⸤an army⸥ to Babylon. 

I will bring back all the Babylonian refugees 

in the ships that they take pride in. 

15  I am the Lord, your Holy One, 

the Creator of Israel, your King. 

Despite the People of Israel’s Past Sin, the Lord Will Forgive Them

16  The Lord makes a path through the sea 

and a road through the strong currents. 

17  He leads chariots and horses, an army and reinforcements. 

(They lie down together and do not get up ⸤again⸥. 

They are extinguished and snuffed out like a wick.) 

This is what the Lord says: 

18  Forget what happened in the past, 

and do not dwell on events from long ago. 

19  I am going to do something new. 

It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? 

I will clear a way in the desert. 

I will make rivers on dry land. 

20  Wild animals, jackals, and ostriches will honor me. 

I will provide water in the desert. 

I will make rivers on the dry land for my chosen people to drink. 

21  I have formed these people for myself. 

They will praise me. 

22  Jacob, you have not prayed to me. 

Israel, you have grown tired of me. 

23  You did not bring me sheep for your burnt offerings 

or honor me with your sacrifices. 

I did not burden you by requiring grain offerings 

or trouble you by requiring incense offerings. 

24  You did not buy me any sugar cane with ⸤your⸥ money 

or satisfy me with the best part of your sacrifices. 

Rather, you burdened me with your sins 

and troubled me with your wrongdoings. 

25  I alone am the one who is going to wipe away your rebellious actions 

for my own sake. 

I will not remember your sins ⸤anymore⸥. 

26  Remind me ⸤of what happened⸥. 

Let us argue our case together. 

State your case so that you can prove you are right. 

27  Your first ancestor sinned, 

and your priests rebelled against me. 

28  That is why I will corrupt the leaders of the holy place. 

I will claim Jacob for destruction. 

I will set up Israel for ridicule. 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




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