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Isaiah 43:14-44:5Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God’s Deliverance of Rebellious Israel

14 This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says:

Because of you, I will send to Babylon
and bring all of them as fugitives,[a]
even the Chaldeans in the ships in which they rejoice.[b]
15 I am Yahweh, your Holy One,
the Creator of Israel, your King.

16 This is what the Lord says—
who makes a way in the sea,
and a path through surging waters,
17 who brings out the chariot and horse,
the army and the mighty one together
(they lie down, they do not rise again;
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick)—
18 “Do not remember the past events,
pay no attention to things of old.
19 Look, I am about to do something new;
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness,
rivers[c] in the desert.
20 The animals of the field will honor Me,
jackals and ostriches,
because I provide water in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to My chosen people.
21 The people I formed for Myself
will declare My praise.

22 “But Jacob, you have not called on Me,
because, Israel, you have become weary of Me.
23 You have not brought Me your sheep for burnt offerings
or honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings
or wearied you with incense.[d]
24 You have not bought Me aromatic cane with silver,
or satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened Me with your sins;
you have wearied Me with your iniquities.

25 “It is I who sweep away your transgressions
for My own sake
and remember your sins no more.
26 Take Me to court; let us argue our case together.
State your case, so that you may be vindicated.
27 Your first father sinned,
and your mediators have rebelled against Me.
28 So I defiled the officers of the sanctuary,
and set Jacob apart for destruction
and Israel for abuse.

Spiritual Blessing

44 “And now listen, Jacob My servant,
Israel whom I have chosen.
This is the word of the Lord
your Maker who formed you from the womb;
He[e] will help you:
Do not fear; Jacob is My servant;
I have chosen Jeshurun.[f]
For I will pour water on the thirsty land
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants
and My blessing on your offspring.
They will sprout among[g] the grass
like poplars by flowing streams.
This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’;
another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
still another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
and name himself by the name of Israel.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 43:14 Or will break down all their bars
  2. Isaiah 43:14 Hb obscure
  3. Isaiah 43:19 DSS read paths
  4. Isaiah 43:23 With demands for offerings and incense
  5. Isaiah 44:2 Lit from the womb, and He
  6. Isaiah 44:2 = Upright One, referring to Israel
  7. Isaiah 44:4 Some Hb mss, DSS, LXX read as among

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