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Isaiah 43

1 God will redeem his people

1 But now thus saith the Lord ver. 7that created thee, O Jacob, 1 ver. 21;ch. 44:2,21And he that formed thee, O Israel, 1 Fear not: ch. 44:6for I have redeemed thee, 1 ch. 42:6;& 45:4I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 Ps. 66:12;& 91:3When thou passest through the waters, Deut. 31:6I will be with thee; 2 And through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: 2 When thou Dan. 3:25walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt; 2 Neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3 For I am the Lord thy God, 3 The Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: 3 Prov. 11:8;& 21:18I gave Egypt for thy ransom, 3 Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, 4 Thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: 4 Therefore will I give men for thee, 4 And people for thy [a]life.

5 ch. 41:10;& 44:2;Jer. 30:10;& 46:27,28Fear not: for I am with thee: 5 I will bring thy seed from the east, 5 And gather thee from the west;

6 I will say to the north, Give up; 6 And to the south, Keep not back: 6 Bring my sons from far, 6 And my daughters from the ends of the earth;

7 Even every one that is ch. 63:19;Jas. 2:7called by my name: 7 For Ps. 100:3;ch. 29:23;John 3:3,5;2 Cor. 5:17;Eph. 2:10I have created him for my glory, 7 ver. 1I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

8 ch. 6:9;& 42:19;Ezek. 12:2Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, 8 And the deaf that have ears.

9 Let all the nations be gathered together, 9 And let the people be assembled: 9 ch. 41:21,22,26Who among them can declare this, 9 And shew us former things? 9 Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: 9 Or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

10 ch. 44:8Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, 10 ch. 55:4And my servant whom I have chosen: 10 That ye may know and believe me, 10 And understand that I am he: 10 ch. 44:6Before me there was [b]no God formed, 10 Neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I, ch. 45:21;Hos. 13:4am the Lord; 11 And beside me there is no saviour.

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, 12 When there was no Deut. 32:16;Ps. 81:9strange god among you: 12 ch. 44:8Therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

13 Ps. 90:2;John 8:58Yea, before the day was I am he; 13 And there is none that can deliver out of my hand: 13 I will work, and who shall Job 9:12;ch. 14:27[c]let it?

14 Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; 14 For your sake I have sent to Babylon, 14 And have brought down all their [d]nobles, 14 And the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, 15 The creator of Israel, your King.

16 Thus saith the Lord, which Ex. 14:16;Ps. 77:19;ch. 51:10maketh a way in the sea, 16 And a Josh. 3:13path in the mighty waters;

17 Which Ex. 14:4-9,25bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; 17 They shall lie down together, they shall not rise: 17 They are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

18 Jer. 16:14Remember ye not the former things, 18 Neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a 2 Cor. 5:17;Rev. 21:5new thing; 19 Now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? 19 Ex. 17:6;Num. 20:11;Deut. 8:15;Ps. 78:16I will even make a way in the wilderness, 19 And rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, 20 The dragons and the [e][f]owls: 20 Because ch. 48:21I give waters in the wilderness, 20 And rivers in the desert, 20 To give drink to my people, my chosen.

21 Ps. 102:18;Eph. 1:5,6This people have I formed for myself; 21 They shall shew forth my praise.

22 Israel's sin of ingratitude

22 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; 22 But thou Mal. 1:13hast been weary of me, O Israel.

23 Amos 5:25Thou hast not brought me the [g]small cattle of thy burnt offerings; 23 Neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. 23 I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, 23 Nor wearied thee with incense.

24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, 24 Neither hast thou [h]filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: 24 But thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, 24 Thou hast ch. 1:14;Mal. 2:17wearied me with thine iniquities.

25 I, even I, am he that ch. 44:22;Jer. 50:20;Acts 3:19blotteth out thy transgressions Ezek. 36:22for mine own sake, 25 ch. 1:18;Jer. 31:34And will not remember thy sins.

26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: 26 Declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

27 Thy first father hath sinned, 27 And thy Mal. 2:7,8[i]teachers have transgressed against me.

28 Therefore ch. 47:6;Lam. 2:2,6I have profaned the [j]princes of the sanctuary, 28 Ps. 79:4;Jer. 24:9;Dan. 9:11;Zech. 8:13And have given Jacob to the curse, 28 And Israel to reproaches.

29 God's blessings upon the nation

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 43:4 Or, person
b. Isaiah 43:10 Or, nothing formed of God
c. Isaiah 43:13 Heb. turn it back?
d. Isaiah 43:14 Heb. bars
e. Isaiah 43:20 Or, ostriches
f. Isaiah 43:20 Heb. daughters of the owl
g. Isaiah 43:23 Heb. lambs, or, kids
h. Isaiah 43:24 Heb. made me drunk, or, abundantly moistened
i. Isaiah 43:27 Heb. interpreters
j. Isaiah 43:28 Or, holy princes
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