43 Descendants of Jacob, I, the Lord, created you and formed your nation. Israel, don’t be afraid. I have rescued you. I have called you by name; now you belong to me. 2 When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you, and you won’t drown. When you walk through fire, you won’t be burned or scorched by the flames.
3 I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, the God who saves you. I gave up Egypt, Ethiopia,[a] and the region of Seba[b] in exchange for you. 4 To me, you are very dear, and I love you. That’s why I gave up nations and people to rescue you.
5 Don’t be afraid! I am with you. From both east and west I will bring you together. 6 I will say to the north and to the south, “Free my sons and daughters! Let them return from distant lands. 7 They are my people— I created each of them to bring honor to me.”
The Lord Alone Is God
The Lord said:
8 Bring my people together. They have eyes and ears, but they can’t see or hear. 9 Tell everyone of every nation to gather around. None of them can honestly say, “We told you so!” If someone heard them say this, then tell us about it now.
10 My people, you are my witnesses and my chosen servant. I want you to know me, to trust me, and understand that I alone am God. I have always been God; there can be no others.
11 I alone am the Lord; only I can rescue you. 12 I promised to save you, and I kept my promise. You are my witnesses that no other god did this. I, the Lord, have spoken.
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