43 Now this is what the Lord says—
the One who created you, Jacob,
and the One who formed you, Israel v—
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; w
I have called you by your name; you are Mine. x
2 I will be with you y
when you pass through the waters, z
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not overwhelm you.
You will not be scorched
when you walk through the fire, a
and the flame will not burn you.
the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior, c
give Egypt as a ransom for you,
* Cush and Seba in your place.
4 Because you are precious in My sight d
and honored, and I love you, e
I will give people in exchange for you
and nations instead of your life.
I will bring your descendants from the east, f
and gather you from the west. g
and to the south: Do not hold them back!
Bring My sons from far away, h
and My daughters from the ends of the earth i—
and created for My glory.
I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.”
8 Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes, j
and are deaf, yet have ears.
and the peoples are assembled. k
Who among them can declare this, l
and tell us the former things?
Let them present their witnesses
to vindicate themselves,
so that people may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are My witnesses” m—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“and My servant whom I have chosen, n
so that you may know and believe Me
and understand that I am He. o
No god was formed before Me,
and there will be none after Me. p
and there is no other Savior but Me. q
and not some foreign god r among you.
So you are My witnesses”—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
and none can deliver from My hand. u
I act, and who can reverse it?” v
Because of you, I will send to Babylon
and bring all of them as fugitives, y
the Creator of Israel, your King.
who makes a way in the sea,
and a path through surging waters, b
17 who brings out the chariot and horse, c
the army and the mighty one together
(they lie down, they do not rise again;
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick d)—
pay no attention to things of old. e
19 Look, I am about to do something new; f
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, g
rivers h in the desert.
jackals and ostriches,
because I provide water in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert, i
to give drink to My chosen people.
will declare My praise. j
because, Israel, you have become weary of Me. k
23 You have not brought Me your sheep for * burnt offerings
or honored Me with your sacrifices. l
I have not burdened you with offerings
or wearied you with incense. m
or satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened Me with your sins;
25 “It is I who sweep away your transgressions p
for My own sake q
and remember your sins no more. r
26 Take Me to court; let us argue our case together. s
State your case, so that you may be vindicated.
27 Your first father sinned, t
and your mediators have rebelled against Me. u
and Israel for abuse.
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