Isaiah 43
Contemporary English Version

The Lord Has Rescued His People

1Descendants of Jacob,

I, the Lord, created you

and formed your nation.

Israel, don't be afraid.

I have rescued you.

I have called you by name;

now you belong to me.

2When you cross deep rivers,

I will be with you,

and you won't drown.

When you walk through fire,

you won't be burned

or scorched by the flames.

3I am the Lord, your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

the God who saves you.

I gave up Egypt, Ethiopia,+

and the region of Seba+

in exchange for you.

4To me, you are very dear,

and I love you.

That's why I gave up nations

and people to rescue you.

5Don't be afraid! I am with you.

From both east and west

I will bring you together.

6I will say to the north

and to the south,

“Free my sons and daughters!

Let them return

from distant lands.

7They are my people—

I created each of them

to bring honor to me.”

The Lord Alone Is God

The Lord said:

8Bring my people together.

They have eyes and ears,

but they can't see or hear.

9Tell everyone of every nation

to gather around.

None of them can honestly say,

“We told you so!”

If someone heard them say this,

then tell us about it now.

10My people, you are my witnesses

and my chosen servant.

I want you to know me,

to trust me, and understand

that I alone am God.

I have always been God;

there can be no others.

11I alone am the Lord;

only I can rescue you.

12I promised to save you,

and I kept my promise.

You are my witnesses

that no other god did this.

I, the Lord, have spoken.

13I am God now and forever.

No one can snatch you from me

or stand in my way.

The Lord Will Prepare the Way

14I, the Lord, will rescue you!

I am Israel's holy God,

and this is my promise:

For your sake, I will send

an army against Babylon

to drag its people away,

crying as they go.+

15I am the Lord, your holy God,

Israel's Creator and King.

16I am the one who cut a path

through the mighty ocean.

17I sent an army to chase you

with chariots and horses;

now they lie dead,

unable to move.

They are like an oil lamp

with the flame snuffed out.

Forget the Past

The Lord said:

18Forget what happened long ago!

Don't think about the past.

19I am creating something new.

There it is! Do you see it?

I have put roads in deserts,

streams+ in thirsty lands.

20Every wild animal honors me,

even jackals+ and owls.

I provide water in deserts—

streams in thirsty lands

for my chosen people.

21I made them my own nation,

so they would praise me.

22I, the Lord, said to Israel:

You have become weary of me,

but not from worshiping me.

23You have not honored me

by sacrificing sheep

or other animals.

And I have not burdened you

with demands for sacrifices

or sweet-smelling incense.

24You have not brought

delicious spices for me

or given me the best part

of your sacrificed animals.

Instead, you burden me down

with your terrible sins.

25But I wipe away your sins

because of who I am.

And so, I will forget

the wrongs you have done.

26Meet me in court!

State your case and prove

that you are right.

27Your earliest ancestor+

and all your leaders+

rebelled against me.

28That's why I don't allow

your priests to serve me;

I let Israel be destroyed

and your people disgraced.


43.3 Ethiopia: See the note at 11.11.
43.3 Seba: A region in southwest Arabia. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba probably stood for all that was known of Africa in biblical times.
43.14 crying as they go: Or “in their glorious ships.”
43.19 streams: The Standard Hebrew Text; the Dead Sea Scrolls “paths.”
43.20 jackals: Desert animals related to wolves, but smaller.
43.27 earliest ancestor: Jacob, also known as Israel.
43.27 leaders: Probably prophets, but perhaps also priests and kings.

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