20 The animals of the field will glorify Me,
The (A)jackals and the ostriches,
Because I have (B)given waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My chosen people.
21 The people whom (C)I formed for Myself
(D)Will declare My praise.

The Shortcomings of Israel

22 “Yet you have not called on Me, Jacob;
But you have become (E)weary of Me, Israel.
23 You have (F)not brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings,
Nor have you (G)honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not (H)burdened you with [a]offerings,
Nor wearied you with (I)incense.
24 You have not bought Me [b](J)sweet cane with money,
Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
Rather, you have burdened Me with your sins,
You have (K)wearied Me with your wrongdoings.

25 “I, I alone, am the one who (L)wipes out your wrongdoings (M)for My own sake,
And I will (N)not remember your sins.
26 [c]Meet Me in court, (O)let’s argue our case together;
State your cause, (P)so that you may be proved right.
27 Your (Q)first [d]forefather sinned,
And your [e](R)spokesmen have rebelled against Me.
28 So I will profane the [f]officials of the sanctuary,
And I will turn Jacob over to (S)destruction and Israel to (T)abuse.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:23 Or a meal offering
  2. Isaiah 43:24 Or calamus
  3. Isaiah 43:26 Or Report to Me
  4. Isaiah 43:27 Lit father
  5. Isaiah 43:27 Or interpreters
  6. Isaiah 43:28 Or holy princes

15 (A)Yet the Lord set His affection on your fathers, to love them, and He chose their [a]descendants after them, you over all the other peoples, as it is this day.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 10:15 Lit seed