1 But now, this is what the LORD says — ¶ he who created you, Jacob, ¶ he who formed you, Israel: ¶ "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; ¶ I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; ¶ and when you pass through the rivers, ¶ they will not sweep over you. ¶ When you walk through the fire, ¶ you will not be burned; ¶ the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; ¶ I give Egypt for your ransom, ¶ Cush [^1] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, ¶ I will give people in exchange for you, ¶ nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east ¶ and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' ¶ Bring my sons from afar ¶ and my daughters from the ends of the earth —
7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, ¶ whom I formed and made."
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, ¶ who have ears but are deaf.
9 All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. ¶ Which of their gods foretold this ¶ and proclaimed to us the former things? ¶ Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, ¶ so that others may hear and say, "It is true."
10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, ¶ so that you may know and believe me ¶ and understand that I am he. ¶ Before me no god was formed, ¶ nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed — I, and not some foreign god among you. ¶ You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he. ¶ No one can deliver out of my hand. ¶ When I act, who can reverse it?"
14 This is what the LORD says — ¶ your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ¶ "For your sake I will send to Babylon ¶ and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, [^2] in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator, your King."
16 This is what the LORD says — ¶ he who made a way through the sea, ¶ a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, ¶ and they lay there, never to rise again, ¶ extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? ¶ I am making a way in the wilderness ¶ and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, ¶ because I provide water in the wilderness ¶ and streams in the wasteland, ¶ to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21 the people I formed for myself ¶ that they may proclaim my praise.
22 "Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, ¶ you have not wearied yourselves for [^3] me, Israel.
23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. ¶ I have not burdened you with grain offerings ¶ nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. ¶ But you have burdened me with your sins ¶ and wearied me with your offenses.
25 "I, even I, am he who blots out ¶ your transgressions, for my own sake, ¶ and remembers your sins no more.
26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; ¶ state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father sinned; those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple; I consigned Jacob to destruction [^4] and Israel to scorn.