Isaiah 43




1 But 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}.
2 When 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 you.
3 For 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.
4 Because 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.
5 You must not fear, for I [am] with you. I will bring your {offspring} from [the] east, and I will gather you from [the] west.
6 I 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--
7 everyone who is called by my name, and whom I created for my glory, whom I formed, indeed whom I made."
8 Bring out [the] people blind yet with eyes, and deaf, though they have ears.
9 Let all the nations gather together, and let [the] peoples assemble. Who among them has declared this, and {declared} [the] former things to us? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be in the right, and let them hear and say, "[It is] true!"
10 "You [are] my witnesses," {declares} Yahweh, "and my servant whom I have chosen so that you may know and believe {in} me and understand that I [am] he. No god was formed before {me}, and none shall be after me.
11 I myself [am] Yahweh, and there is no savior besides me!
12 I myself declared and saved, and I {proclaimed}. And there was no {strange god} among you. And you [are] my witnesses," {declares} Yahweh, "and I [am] God.
13 Indeed, from [this] day I [am] the one, and no one can deliver from my hand. I perform, and who can {cancel it}?"
14 Thus 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}, their rejoicing on the ships.
15 I [am] Yahweh, your holy one, the creator of Israel, your king."
16 Thus says Yahweh, who {makes} a way in the sea and a path in [the] mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariot and horse, army and mighty one. Together they lie down; they cannot rise. They are extinguished, quenched like wick.
18 "You must not remember [the] former things, and you not must consider [the] former things.
19 Look! I [am] about to do a new thing! Now it sprouts! Do you not perceive it? Indeed, I will {make} a way in the wilderness, rivers in [the] desert.
20 The 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,
21 this people whom I formed for myself, so they might {make known} my praise.
22 But you did not call me, Jacob; for you have become weary of me, Israel.
23 You have not brought me your sheep for a burnt offering nor honored me [with] your sacrifice. I have not made you serve with offerings, nor have I made you weary with frankincense.
24 You have not bought me spice reed with money or satisfied me [with] the fat of sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have made me weary with your iniquities.
25 I, I am the one who blots out your transgressions for my sake, and I will not remember your sins.
26 Take me to court; let us enter into judgment together. You, {make an account} so that you may be in the right.
27 Your first ancestor sinned, and your {representatives} transgressed against me.
28 And I profaned [the] princes of [the] sanctuary, and I gave Jacob to destruction, and Israel to reviling.