Isaías 43

1 But now thus hath said the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not; for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; mine art thou.

2 Whenever thou passest through the waters, I am with thee; and through the rivers,––they shall not overflow thee: whenever thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be scorched; neither shall the flame burn on thee.

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour; I have given Egypt for thy ransom, Cush and Seba in place of thee.

4 Since thou art precious in my eyes, art honorable, and I indeed do love thee: therefore will I give men in place of thee, and nations instead of thy soul.

5 Fear not, for I am with thee; from the east will I bring thy seed, and from the west will I gather thee.

6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Withhold not: bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

7 Every one that is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory; whom I have formed; yea, whom I have made.

8 Bring forward the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can announce this? and cause us to hear former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: in order that ye may know and believe me, and understand, that I am he; before me there was no god formed, and after me there will be none.

11 I, I am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

12 I myself have announced it, and I have saved, and I have let it be heard, and there was no strange god among you; and ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and I am God.

13 Yea, from the first day am I he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: if I will work, is there one that can hinder it?

14 Thus hath said the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, For your sake did I send to Babylon, and in swift vessels brought I them all down, and the Chaldeans, in the ships of their joyful song.

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

16 Thus hath said the Lord, who maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

17 Who bringeth forth chariot and horse, army and power: together shall they lie down, they shall not rise up again; they are extinct, like a wick are they quenched.

18 Remember not the former things, and ancient events regard no more.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; will ye not acknowledge it? I will even make in the wilderness a way, and in the desert rivers.

20 The beasts of the field shall honor me, the monsters and the ostriches; because I give waters in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my elect;

21 This people which I have formed for myself; my praise shall they relate.

22 But on me hast thou not called, O Jacob; for thou art become weary of me, O Israel.

23 Thou hast not brought unto me the lamb of thy burnt–offerings; and with thy sacrifices hast thou not honored me: I have not troubled thee with meat–offerings, nor wearied thee with frankincense.

24 Thou hast not bought for me sweet cane, and with the fat of thy sacrifices hast thou not satisfied me; but thou hast troubled me with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thy iniquities.

25 I, it is I that blot out thy transgressions for my own sake, and thy sins I will not remember.

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

27 Thy first father did sin, and they that plead for thee transgressed against me.

28 Therefore do I profane the holy princes, and I give up Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.