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The Future Redemption of Israel

43 But now this is what the Lord says,
    the one who created you, Jacob,
        the one who formed you, Israel:
“Do not be afraid, because I’ve redeemed you.
    I’ve called you by name;
        you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I’ll be with you;
    and through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you.
when you walk through fire you won’t be scorched,
    and the flame won’t set you ablaze.

“I[a] am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer.[b]
And[c] I’ve given Egypt as your ransom,[d]
    Cush and the people of Seba[e] in exchange for you.
Since you’re precious in my sight
    and honored,
and because I love you,
    I’m giving up people in your place,
    and nations in exchange for your life.”

The Regathering of Israel

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you;
    I’ll bring your children from the east,
        and gather you from the west.
I’ll say to the north,
    ‘Give them up’!
and to the south,
    ‘Don’t keep them back!’
Bring[f] my sons from far away
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
        whom[g] I formed and made.

“Bring out the people who are blind, yet still have eyes,
    who are deaf, yet still have ears!
Let all the nations be gathered together,
    and let the peoples be assembled.

“Who is there among them who[h] can declare this,
    or announce[i] the former things?
Let them produce their witnesses to prove them right,
    and let them proclaim[j] so people will say, ‘It’s true.’

10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and trust me
    and understand that I am the One.[k]
Before me no God was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
11 I, yes I, am the Lord,
    and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I’ve revealed and saved and proclaimed,
    when there was no foreign god among you —
        and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord.
13 “I am God; also[l] from ancient days[m] I am the one.
    And there is no one who 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,[n]
    and bring them all down as fugitives.
Now as for the Babylonians,
    their ringing cry will become lamentation.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    Creator of Israel, and your King.”

Something New for Israel

16 This is what the Lord says —
    who makes a way through the sea,
        a path through the mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariots and horsemen,
    and[o] armies and warriors at the same time.
They lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a candle:[p]

18 “Don’t remember[q] the former things;
    don’t dwell on things past.
19 Watch! I’m about to carry out something new!
    And[r] now it’s springing up—
        don’t you recognize it?
I’m making a way in the wilderness
    and paths[s] in the desert.
20 Wild animals, jackals, and owls[t] will honor me
    because I provide[u] water in the desert
and streams in the wilderness
    to give drink to my people, my chosen ones,[v]
21 the people whom I formed for myself
    and[w] so that they may speak[x] my praise.”

God is Weary of Israel

22 “And[y] yet you didn’t call upon me, Jacob;
    indeed, you are tired of me, Israel!
23 You haven’t brought me your sheep for a burnt offering,[z]
    nor have you honored me with[aa] your sacrifices,
nor have you made meal offerings for me[ab]
    yet I have not tired you about incense!
24 You[ac] haven’t bought me sweet cane with money,
    nor have you satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
You have only burdened me with your sins
    and made me tired with your iniquities.

25 “I, I am the one
    who blots out your transgression[ad] for my own sake,
        and I’ll remember your sins no more.[ae]
26 Recount the brief!
    Let’s argue the matter together;
Present your case,
    so that you may be proved right.
27 Your first ancestor sinned,
    and your mediators rebelled against me.
28 So I’ll disgrace the leaders of the Temple,
    and I’ll consign Jacob to total destruction[af]
        and Israel to contempt.


  1. Isaiah 43:3 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsag MT LXX read For I
  2. Isaiah 43:3 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Savior
  3. Isaiah 43:3 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks And
  4. Isaiah 43:3 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read as your ransom Egypt
  5. Isaiah 43:3 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsag MT read and Seba
  6. Isaiah 43:6 1QIsaa employs masculine pl.; MT employs feminine pl.
  7. Isaiah 43:7 So 1QIsaa MT; 1QIsab reads and whom
  8. Isaiah 43:9 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack who
  9. Isaiah 43:9 So 1QIsaa; MT reads announce to us; LXX reads announce to you
  10. Isaiah 43:9 So 1QIsaa; MT reads hear
  11. Isaiah 43:10 Or am he
  12. Isaiah 43:13 So 1QIsaa; MT reads God—Yes,; cf. LXX
  13. Isaiah 43:13 Or from this day on,
  14. Isaiah 43:14 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT each spell this line differently
  15. Isaiah 43:17 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks and
  16. Isaiah 43:17 Lit. linen wick
  17. Isaiah 43:18 1QIsaa employs second person sing.; MT LXX employ second person pl.
  18. Isaiah 43:19 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks And
  19. Isaiah 43:19 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read streams
  20. Isaiah 43:20 Or ostriches
  21. Isaiah 43:20 So 1QIsaa; MT reads have provided
  22. Isaiah 43:20 So 1QIsaa; MT reads my chosen people
  23. Isaiah 43:21 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsag lacks my chosen ones
  24. Isaiah 43:21 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsag MT LXX read recount
  25. Isaiah 43:22 So 1QIsaa MT; MTmss lack And
  26. Isaiah 43:23 So 1QIsaa; MT reads for your burnt-offerings; or your burnt-offering
  27. Isaiah 43:23 So 1QIsaa LXX; implicit in MT
  28. Isaiah 43:23 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsag MT read I have not burdened you with grain offerings; LXX lacks this line
  29. Isaiah 43:24 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsag reads And you
  30. Isaiah 43:25 So 1QIsaa; MT reads transgressions; cf. LXX
  31. Isaiah 43:25 So 1QIsaa; MT reads not remember your sins
  32. Isaiah 43:28 The Heb. term refers to involuntary dedication to God of the thing destroyed