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Isaiah 43 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Restoration of Israel
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Now this is what the LORD says —

the one who created you, Jacob,

and the one who formed you, Israel —

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by your name; you are mine.

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“When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you,

and the rivers will not overwhelm you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

and the flame will not burn you.

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“For I am the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior.

I have given Egypt as a ransom for you,

Cush and Seba in your place.

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“Because you are precious in my sight

and honored, and I love you,

I will give people in exchange for you

and nations instead of your life.

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“Do not fear, for I am with you;

I will bring your descendants from the east,

and gather you from the west.

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“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up! ’

and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back! ’

Bring my sons from far away,

and my daughters from the ends of the earth —

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“everyone who bears my name

and is created for my glory.

I have formed them; indeed, I have made them.”

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Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes,

and are deaf, yet have ears.

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All the nations are gathered together,

and the peoples are assembled.

Who among them can declare this,

and tell us the former things?

Let them present their witnesses

to vindicate themselves,

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

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“You are my witnesses” —

this is the LORD’s declaration —

“and my servant whom I have chosen,

so that you may know and believe me

and understand that I am he.

No god was formed before me,

and there will be none after me.

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“I ​— ​I am the LORD.

Besides me, there is no Savior.

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“I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed —

and not some foreign god[fn] among you.

So you are my witnesses” —

this is the LORD’s declaration —

“and[fn] I am God.

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“Also, from today on I am he alone,

and none can rescue from my power.

I act, and who can reverse it? ”

God’s Deliverance of Rebellious Israel
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This is what the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says:

Because of you, I will send an army[fn] to Babylon

and bring all of them as fugitives,[fn]

even the Chaldeans in the ships in which they rejoice.[fn]

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I am the LORD, your Holy One,

the Creator of Israel, your King.

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This is what the LORD says —

who makes a way in the sea,

and a path through raging water,

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who brings out the chariot and horse,

the army and the mighty one together

(they lie down, they do not rise again;

they are extinguished, put out like a wick) —

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“Do not remember the past events;

pay no attention to things of old.

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“Look, 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,

rivers[fn] in the desert.

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“Wild animals —

jackals and ostriches ​— ​will honor me,

because I provide water in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people.

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“The people I formed for myself

will declare my praise.

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“But, Jacob, you have not called on me,

because, Israel, you have become weary of me.

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“You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings

or honored me with your sacrifices.

I have not burdened you with offerings

or wearied you with incense.[fn]

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“You have not bought me aromatic cane with silver,

or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.

But you have burdened me with your sins;

you have wearied me with your iniquities.

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“I am the one, I sweep away your transgressions

for my own sake

and remember your sins no more.

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“Remind me. Let’s argue the case together.

Recount the facts, so that you may be vindicated.

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“Your first father sinned,

and your mediators have rebelled against me.

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“So I defiled the officers of the sanctuary,

and set Jacob apart for destruction

and Israel for scorn.

CSB Footnotes
Lit not a foreigner
Or that
an army supplied for clarity
Or will break down all their bars
Hb obscure
DSS read paths
I.e., with demands for offerings and incense

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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