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13 From this day forward I am he;
no one can deliver from my power;[a]
I will act, and who can prevent it?”

The Lord Will Do Something New

14 This is what the Lord says,
your Protector,[b] the Holy One of Israel:[c]
“For your sake I send to Babylon
and make them all fugitives,[d]
turning the Babylonians’ joyful shouts into mourning songs.[e]
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,[f]
the one who created Israel, your king.”

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  1. Isaiah 43:13 tn Heb “hand” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); NLT “No one can oppose what I do.”
  2. Isaiah 43:14 tn Or “kinsman redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.
  3. Isaiah 43:14 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.
  4. Isaiah 43:14 tn Heb “and I bring down [as] fugitives all of them.”
  5. Isaiah 43:14 tn The Hebrew text reads literally, “as for the Babylonians, in ships their joyful shout.” This might be paraphrased, “even the Babylonians in the ships [over which] they joyfully shouted.” The point would be that the Lord caused the Babylonians to flee for safety in the ships in which they took such great pride. A slight change in vocalization yields the reading “into mourning songs,” which provides a good contrast with “joyful shout.” The prefixed bet (בְּ) would indicate identity.
  6. Isaiah 43:15 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.