Isaiah 43
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Israel’s Only Savior

1Now this is what the LORD says—

He who created you, O Jacob,

and He who formed you, O Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by your name; you are Mine!

2When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you go through the rivers,

they will not overwhelm you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

3For I am the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

I give Egypt for your ransom,

Cusha and Seba in your place.

4Because you are precious and honored in My sight,

and because I love you,

I will give men in exchange for you

and nations in place of your life.

5Do not be afraid, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east

and gather you from the west.

6I 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—

7everyone called by My name and created for My glory,

whom I have indeed formed and made.”

8Bring out a people who have eyes but are blind,

and who have ears but are deaf.

9All the nations gather together

and the peoples assemble.

Who among them can declare this,

and proclaim to us the former things?

Let them present their witnesses to vindicate them,

so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”

10“You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,

“and My servant whom I have chosen,

so that you may consider and believe Me

and understand that I am He.

Before Me no god was formed,

and after Me none will come.

11I, yes I, am the LORD,

and there is no Savior but Me.

12I alone decreed and saved and proclaimed—

I, and not some foreign god among you.

So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,

“that I am God.

13Even from eternity I am He,

and none can deliver out of My hand.

When I act, who can reverse it?”

A Way in the Wilderness

14Thus says the LORD your Redeemer,

the Holy One of Israel:

“For your sake, I will send to Babylon

and bring them all as fugitives,

even the Chaldeans,b

in the ships in which they rejoice.

15I am the LORD, your Holy One,

the Creator of Israel, and your King.”

16Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea

and a path through the surging waters,

17who brings out the chariots and horses,

the armies and warriors together,

to lie down, never to rise again;

to be extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

18“Do not call to mind the former things;

pay no attention to the things of old.

19Behold, I am about to do something new;

even now it is coming. Do you not see it?

Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness

and streams in the desert.

20The beasts of the field will honor Me,

the jackalsc and the ostriches,d

because I provide water in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert,

to give drink to My chosen people.

21The people I formed for Myself

will declare My praise.

Israel’s Unfaithfulness
(Judges 2:10–15; Jeremiah 2:23–37)

22But you have not called on Me, O Jacob,

because you have grown weary of Me, O Israel.

23You have not brought Me sheep for burnt offerings,

nor honored Me with your sacrifices.

I have not burdened you with offerings,

nor wearied you with frankincense.

24You have not bought Me sweet cane with your silver,

nor satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices.

But you have burdened Me with your sins;

you have wearied Me with your iniquities.

25I, yes I, am He

who blots out your transgressions for My own sake

and remembers your sins no more.

26Remind Me, let us argue the matter together.

State your case, so that you may be vindicated.

27Your first father sinned,

and your spokesmen rebelled against Me.

28So I will disgrace the princes of your sanctuary,

and I will devote Jacob to destructione and Israel to reproach.”

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