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Isaiah 43

The Redemption of Israel

But now, thus says Yahweh, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am Yahweh your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your seed from the east,
And gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Israel Is Yahweh’s Witness

Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes,
And the deaf, even though they have ears.
All the nations have gathered together
So that the peoples may be assembled.
Who among them can declare this
And make us hear the former things?
Let them present their witnesses that they may be justified,
Or let them hear and say, “It is true.”
“You are My witnesses,” declares Yahweh,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no god formed,
And there will be none after Me.
I, even I, am Yahweh,
And there is no savior besides Me.
It is I who have declared and saved and caused it to be heard,
And there was no strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares Yahweh,
“And I am God.
Even from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?”

Rivers in the Wasteland

14 Thus says Yahweh your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
“For your sake I have sent to Babylon,
And will bring down those who fled—all of them,
Even the Chaldeans—into the ships in which they shouted for joy.
I am Yahweh, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”
16 Thus says Yahweh,
Who makes a way through the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
Who brings forth the chariot and the horse,
The military force and the mighty man;
They will lie down together and not rise again;
They have been extinguished and quenched like a wick:
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor carefully consider things of the past.
Behold, I will do something new;
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not know it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the wasteland.
The beasts of the field will glorify Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I have given waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the wasteland,
To give drink to My chosen people.
The people whom I formed for Myself
Will recount My praise.

“Yet you have not called on Me, O Jacob;
But you have become weary of Me, O Israel.
You have not brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings,
Nor have you glorified Me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
Nor wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought Me sweet cane with money,
Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
Rather you have burdened Me with your sins;
You have wearied Me with your iniquities.

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake,
And I will not remember your sins.
Bring Me to remembrance, let us enter into judgment together;
Recount your cause, that you may be proved right.
Your first father sinned,
And your spokesmen have transgressed against Me.
So I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,
And I will give Jacob to be devoted to destruction and Israel to revilement.