14 They are like sheep and are destined(A) to die;(B)
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail(C) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
    far from their princely mansions.

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14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

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15 You have enlarged the nation, Lord;
    you have enlarged the nation.(A)
You have gained glory for yourself;
    you have extended all the borders(B) of the land.

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15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.

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God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness

14 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer,(A) the Holy One(B) of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
    and bring down as fugitives(C) all the Babylonians,[a](D)
    in the ships in which they took pride.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:14 Or Chaldeans

14 Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

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This is what the Lord says—
    the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel(A)
to him who was despised(B) and abhorred by the nation,
    to the servant of rulers:
“Kings(C) will see you and stand up,
    princes will see and bow down,(D)
because of the Lord, who is faithful,(E)
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen(F) you.”

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Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

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23 Kings(A) will be your foster fathers,
    and their queens your nursing mothers.(B)
They will bow down(C) before you with their faces to the ground;
    they will lick the dust(D) at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;(E)
    those who hope(F) in me will not be disappointed.(G)

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23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

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For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants(A) will dispossess nations(B)
    and settle in their desolate(C) cities.

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For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

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