Lexham English Bible
The Restorer of Israel
43 But now thus says Yahweh,
he who created you, Jacob,
and he who formed you, Israel:
“You must not fear, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine.[a]
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,
and through the rivers, they shall not flow over you.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not scorch[b] you.
3 For I am Yahweh, your God,
the holy one of Israel, your savior.
I give you Egypt as ransom,
Cush and Seba in place of you.
4 Because you are precious in my eyes,
you are honored, and I myself love you,
and I give people in place of you,
and nations in place of your life.
5 You must not fear,
for I am with you.
I will bring your offspring[c] from the east,
and I will gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give!’
and to the south, ‘You must not withhold!’
Bring my sons from far away,
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
and whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed,
indeed whom I made.”
8 Bring out the people blind yet[d] with eyes,
and deaf, though[e] they have ears.
9 Let all the nations gather together,
and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them has declared this,
and declared[f] the former things to us?
Let them bring[g] their witnesses, that[h] they may be in the right,
and let them hear and say, “It is true!”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares[i] Yahweh,
“and my servant whom I have chosen
so that you may know and believe in[j] me
and understand that I am he.
No god was formed before me[k],
and none shall be after me.
11 I myself am Yahweh,
and there is no savior besides me!
12 I myself declared and saved,
and I proclaimed.[l] And there was no strange god[m] among you.
And you are my witnesses,” declares[n] Yahweh,
“and I am God.
13 Indeed, from this day I am the one,
and no one can deliver from my hand.
I perform,[o] and who can cancel it?”[p]
Yahweh Rescues His People
14 Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer,
the holy one of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
and I will cause all of them to fall down as fugitives,
and the Chaldeans,[q] their rejoicing on the ships.
15 I am Yahweh, your holy one,
the creator of Israel, your king.”
16 Thus says Yahweh, who makes[r] a way in the sea
and a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariot and horse,
army and mighty one.
Together they lie down;
they cannot rise.
They are extinguished,
quenched like a wick.
18 “You must not remember the former things,
and you not must consider the former things.
19 Look! I am about to do a new thing! Now it sprouts!
Do you not perceive[s] it?
Indeed, I will make[t] a way in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert.
20 The animals of the field will honor me,
jackals and daughters of the ostrich,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give a drink to my chosen people,
21 this people whom I formed for myself,
so they might make known[u] my praise.
22 But[v] you did not call me, Jacob;
for you have become weary of me, Israel.
23 You have not brought me your sheep for a burnt offering
nor[w] honored me with your sacrifice.
I have not made you serve with offerings,[x]
nor have I made you weary with frankincense.
24 You have not bought me spice reed with money
or[y] satisfied me with the fat of sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
you have made me weary with your iniquities.
25 I, I am the one who blots out your transgressions for my sake,
and I will not remember your sins.
26 Take me to court; let us enter into judgment together.
You, make an account[z] so that you may be in the right.
27 Your first ancestor[aa] sinned,
and your representatives[ab] transgressed against me.
28 And I profaned the princes of the sanctuary,
and I gave Jacob to destruction, and Israel to reviling.
- Isaiah 43:1 Literally “to me you”
- Isaiah 43:2 Or “burn”
- Isaiah 43:5 Literally “seed”
- Isaiah 43:8 Or “and”
- Isaiah 43:8 Or “and”
- Isaiah 43:9 Literally “caused to hear”
- Isaiah 43:9 Or “give”
- Isaiah 43:9 Or “and”
- Isaiah 43:10 Literally “declaration of”
- Isaiah 43:10 Literally “to”
- Isaiah 43:10 Literally “my face”
- Isaiah 43:12 Literally “caused to hear”
- Isaiah 43:12 Literally “stranger”
- Isaiah 43:12 Literally “declaration of”
- Isaiah 43:13 Or “make”
- Isaiah 43:13 Literally “bring it back”
- Isaiah 43:14 Literally “Chaldea”
- Isaiah 43:16 Literally “gives”
- Isaiah 43:19 Or “know”
- Isaiah 43:19 Literally “put”
- Isaiah 43:21 Literally “count out”
- Isaiah 43:22 Or “And”
- Isaiah 43:23 Or “and”
- Isaiah 43:23 Hebrew “offering”
- Isaiah 43:24 Or “and”
- Isaiah 43:26 Literally “count up”
- Isaiah 43:27 Or “father”
- Isaiah 43:27 Literally “scoffers” or “spokesmen”