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43 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, afor I have redeemed you;
bI have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you ewalk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
fI gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
You have been honored,
And I have gloved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
5 hFear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And igather you from the west;
6 I will say to the jnorth, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 Everyone who is kcalled by My name,
Whom lI have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
8 mBring out the blind people who have eyes,
And the ndeaf who have ears.
And let the people be assembled.
oWho among them can declare this,
And show us former things?
Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified;
Or let them hear and say, “It is truth.”
10 “You pare My witnesses,” says the Lord,
q“And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and rbelieve Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, sam the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.
I have proclaimed,
And there was no tforeign god among you;
uTherefore you are My witnesses,”
Says the Lord, “that I am God.
13 vIndeed before the day was, I am He;
And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
I work, and who will wreverse it?”
The Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
The Creator of Israel, your xKing.”
16 Thus says the Lord, who ymakes a way in the sea
And a zpath through the mighty waters,
17 Who abrings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
18 “Do bnot remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a cnew thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
dI will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because eI give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 fThis people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My gpraise.
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