1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia* and Seba in your place.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.
I will gather you and your children from east and west.
‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
from the distant corners of the earth.
for I have made them for my glory.
It was I who created them.’ ”
who have ears but are deaf.
Assemble the peoples of the world!
Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?
Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?
Where are the witnesses of such predictions?
Who can verify that they spoke the truth?
“You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
there never has been, and there never will be.
and there is no other Savior.
then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
No foreign god has ever done this.
You are witnesses that I am the only God,”
says the Lord.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”
14 This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon,
forcing the Babylonians* to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
Israel’s Creator and King.
making a dry path through the sea.
with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
the jackals and owls, too,
for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
so my chosen people can be refreshed.
and they will someday honor me before the whole world.
You have grown tired of me, O Israel!
You have not honored me with sacrifices,
though I have not burdened and wearied you
with requests for grain offerings and frankincense.
or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices.
Instead, you have burdened me with your sins
and wearied me with your faults.
and will never think of them again.
and you can present your case to prove your innocence.
all your leaders broke my laws.
I have decreed complete destruction* for Jacob
and shame for Israel.
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