Isaiah Chapter 43 |
1But now thus said the Lord—
Who created you, O Jacob,
Who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I will redeem you;
I have singled you out by name,
You are Mine.
2When you pass through water,
I will be with you;
They shall not overwhelm you.
When you walk through fire,
You shall not be scorched;
It shall not burn you.
3For I the Lord am your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as a ransom for you,
Ethiopia and Saba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious to Me,
And honored, and I love you,
I give men in exchange for you
And peoples in your stead.
5Fear not, for I am with you:
I will bring your folk from the East,
Will gather you out of the West;
6I will say to the North, “Give back!”
And to the South, “Do not withhold!
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the end of the earth—
7All who are linked to My name,
Whom I have created,
Formed, and made for My glory—
8Setting free that people,
Blind though it has eyes
And deaf though it has ears.”
9All the nations assemble as one,
The peoples gather.
Who among them declared this,
Foretold to us the things that have happened?
Let them produce their witnesses and be vindicated,
That men, hearing them, may say, “It is true!”
10My witnesses are
—declares the Lord—
My servant, whom I have chosen.
To the end that you may take thought,
And believe in Me,
And understand that I am He:
Before Me no god was formed,
And after Me none shall exist—
11None but me, the Lord;
Beside Me, none can grant triumph.
12I alone foretold the triumph
And I brought it to pass;
I announced it,
And no strange god was among you.
So you are My witnesses
—declares the Lord—
And I am God.
13Ever since day was, I am He;
None can deliver from My hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?
14Thus said the Lord,
Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
For your sake I send to Babylon;
I will bring down all [her] bars,
And the Chaldeans shall raise their voice in lamentation.
15I am your Holy One, the Lord,
Your King, the Creator of Israel.
16Thus said the Lord,
Who made a road through the sea
And a path through mighty waters,
17Who destroyed chariots and horses,
And all the mighty host—
They lay down to rise no more,
They were extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18Do not recall what happened of old,
Or ponder what happened of yore!
19I am about to do something new;
Even now it shall come to pass,
Suddenly you shall perceive it:
I will make a road through the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20The wild beasts shall honor Me,
Jackals and ostriches,
For I provide water in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My chosen people,
21The people I formed for Myself
That they might declare my praise.
22But you have not worshiped Me, O Jacob,
That you should be weary of Me, O Israel.
23You have not brought Me your sheep for burnt offerings,
Nor honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with meal offerings,
Nor wearied you about frankincense.
24You have not bought Me fragrant reed with money,
Nor sated Me with the fat of your sacrifices.
Instead, you have burdened Me with your sins,
You have wearied Me with your iniquities.
25It is I, I who—for My own sake—
Wipe your transgressions away
And remember your sins no more.
26Help me remember!
Let us join in argument,
Tell your version,
That you may be vindicated.
27Your earliest ancestor sinned,
And your spokesmen transgressed against Me.
28So I profaned the holy princes;
I abandoned Jacob to proscription
And Israel to mockery.