Isaiah 43
The Restorer of Israel
1But now thus says Yahweh,
he who created you, Jacob,
and he who formed you, Israel:
“You must not fear, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine.#Literally “to me you”
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,
and through the rivers, they shall not flow over you.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not scorch#Or “burn” you.
3For I am Yahweh, your God,
the holy one of Israel, your savior.
I give you Egypt as ransom,
Cush and Seba in place of you.
4Because you are precious in my eyes,
you are honored, and I myself love you,
and I give people in place of you,
and nations in place of your life.
5You must not fear,
for I am with you.
I will bring your offspring#Literally “seed” from the east,
and I will gather you from the west.
6I will say to the north, ‘Give!’
and to the south, ‘You must not withhold!’
Bring my sons from far away,
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7everyone who is called by my name,
and whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed,
indeed whom I made.”
8Bring out the people blind yet#Or “and” with eyes,
and deaf, though#Or “and” they have ears.
9Let all the nations gather together,
and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them has declared this,
and declared#Literally “caused to hear” the former things to us?
Let them bring#Or “give” their witnesses, that#Or “and” they may be in the right,
and let them hear and say, “It is true!”
10“You are my witnesses,” declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh,
“and my servant whom I have chosen
so that you may know and believe in#Literally “to” me
and understand that I am he.
No god was formed before me#Literally “my face”,
and none shall be after me.
11I myself am Yahweh,
and there is no savior besides me!
12I myself declared and saved,
and I proclaimed.#Literally “caused to hear” And there was no strange god#Literally “stranger” among you.
And you are my witnesses,” declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh,
“and I am God.
13Indeed, from this day I am the one,
and no one can deliver from my hand.
I perform,#Or “make” and who can cancel it?”#Literally “bring it back”
Yahweh Rescues His People
14Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer,
the holy one of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
and I will cause all of them to fall down as fugitives,
and the Chaldeans,#Literally “Chaldea” their rejoicing on the ships.
15I am Yahweh, your holy one,
the creator of Israel, your king.”
16Thus says Yahweh, who makes#Literally “gives” a way in the sea
and a path in the mighty waters,
17who brings out chariot and horse,
army and mighty one.
Together they lie down;
they cannot rise.
They are extinguished,
quenched like a wick.
18“You must not remember the former things,
and you not must consider the former things.
19Look! I am about to do a new thing! Now it sprouts!
Do you not perceive#Or “know” it?
Indeed, I will make#Literally “put” a way in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert.
20The animals of the field will honor me,
jackals and daughters of the ostrich,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give a drink to my chosen people,
21this people whom I formed for myself,
so they might make known#Literally “count out” my praise.
22But#Or “And” you did not call me, Jacob;
for you have become weary of me, Israel.
23You have not brought me your sheep for a burnt offering
nor#Or “and” honored me with your sacrifice.
I have not made you serve with offerings,#Hebrew “offering”
nor have I made you weary with frankincense.
24You have not bought me spice reed with money
or#Or “and” satisfied me with the fat of sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
you have made me weary with your iniquities.
25I, I am the one who blots out your transgressions for my sake,
and I will not remember your sins.
26Take me to court; let us enter into judgment together.
You, make an account#Literally “count up” so that you may be in the right.
27Your first ancestor#Or “father” sinned,
and your representatives#Literally “scoffers” or “spokesmen” transgressed against me.
28And I profaned the princes of the sanctuary,
and I gave Jacob to destruction, and Israel to reviling.
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