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Promise of Restoration

43 Now, this is what Yahweh says:

    “Listen, Jacob, to the One who created you,
    Israel, to the one who shaped who you are.[a]
    Do not fear,
    for I, your Kinsman-Redeemer, will rescue you.
    I have called you by name, and you are mine.
When you pass through[b] the deep, stormy sea,
    you can count on me to be there with you.
    When you pass through raging rivers,
    You will not drown.
    When you walk through persecution like fiery flames,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not harm you,

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:1 Jacob was created, but Israel was formed. God forms (transforms) Jacob into Israel. God is seen here as the one who changes the nature of man. See Gen. 32:28.
  2. Isaiah 43:2 God’s method of deliverance is often not “out of” but “through.” His presence as we go through difficulties becomes our deliverance. See Ps. 23:4.