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For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,[a] your deliverer.
I have handed over Egypt as a ransom price,
Ethiopia and Seba[b] in place of you.
Since you are precious and special in my sight,[c]
and I love you,
I will hand over people in place of you,
nations in place of your life.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
From the east I will bring your descendants;
from the west I will gather you.

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  1. Isaiah 43:3 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.
  2. Isaiah 43:3 sn Seba is not the same as Sheba in southern Arabia; cf. Gen 1:10; 1 Chr 1:9.
  3. Isaiah 43:4 tn Heb “Since you are precious in my eyes and you are honored.”