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43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopiaa and Seba in exchange for you.
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
who are deaf, yet have ears!
and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this,
and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,
and let them hear and say, “It is true.”
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,
nor shall there be any after me.
and besides me there is no savior.
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses, says the Lord.
there is no one who can deliver from my hand;
I work and who can hinder it?
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
For your sake I will send to Babylon
and break down all the bars,
and the shouting of the Chaldeans will be turned to lamentation.b
the Creator of Israel, your King.
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
or consider the things of old.
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
so that they might declare my praise.
but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
or honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
or wearied you with frankincense.
or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
you have wearied me with your iniquities.
who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins.
set forth your case, so that you may be proved right.
and your interpreters transgressed against me.
I delivered Jacob to utter destruction,
and Israel to reviling.
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