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43 Now this is what the Lord says—
the one who created you, Jacob,
and the one who formed you, Israela—
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;b
I have called you by your name; you are mine.c
2 When you pass through the waters,e
I will be with youd
and the rivers will not overwhelm you,
When you walk through the fire,f
you will not be scorched
and the flame will not burn you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,g
the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior.h
I have given Egypt as a ransom for you,
Cush and Seba in your place.
4 Because you are precious in my sighti
and honored, and I love you,j
I will give people in exchange for you
and nations instead of your life.
I will bring your descendants from the east,k
and gather you from the west.l
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back!’
Bring my sons from far away,m
and my daughters from the ends of the earthn—
and is created for my glory.
I have formed them; indeed, I have made them.”
8 Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes,o
and are deaf, yet have ears.
and the peoples are assembled.p
Who among them can declare this,q
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”r—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“and my servant whom I have chosen,s
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.t
No god was formed before me,
and there will be none after me.u
Besides me, there is no Savior.v
and not some foreign godA among you.
So you are my witnesses”—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
and none can rescue from my power.x
I act, and who can reverse it?”y
Because of you, I will send an armyC to Babylon
and bring all of them as fugitives,D
the Creator of Israel, your King.
who makes a way in the sea,
and a path through raging water,ac
17 who brings out the chariot and horse,ad
the army and the mighty one together
(they lie down, they do not rise again;
they are extinguished, put out like a wickae)—
pay no attention to things of old.af
19 Look, I am about to do something new;ag
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness,ah
riversF in the desert.
jackals and ostriches—will honor me,
because I provide water in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert,a
to give drink to my chosen people.
will declare my praise.b
because, Israel, you have become weary of me.c
or honored me with your sacrifices.d
I have not burdened you with offerings
or wearied you with incense.A
or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
25 “I am the one, I sweep away your transgressionsg
for my own sakeh
and remember your sins no more.i
26 Remind me. Let’s argue the case together.j
Recount the facts, so that you may be vindicated.
27 Your first father sinned,k
and your mediators have rebelled against me.l
and set Jacob apart for destructionm
and Israel for scorn.
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