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Isaiah 43:1-13 (New International Version)

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Israel's Only Savior

1 But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created1 you, O Jacob, he who formed2 you, O Israel:3 "Fear not, for I have redeemed4 you; I have summoned you by name;5 you are mine.6 2 When you pass through the waters,7 I will be with you;8 and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,9 you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.10 3 For I am the LORD, your God,11 the Holy One12 of Israel, your Savior;13 I give Egypt14 for your ransom, Cusha15 and Seba16 in your stead.17 4 Since you are precious and honored18 in my sight, and because I love19 you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. 5 Do not be afraid,20 for I am with you;21 I will bring your children22 from the east and gather23 you from the west.24 6 I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south,25 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters26 from the ends of the earth27-- 7 everyone who is called by my name,28 whom I created29 for my glory,30 whom I formed and made.31" 8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,32 who have ears but are deaf.33 9 All the nations gather together34 and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold35 this and proclaimed to us the former things? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, "It is true." 10 "You are my witnesses,36" declares the LORD, "and my servant37 whom I have chosen, so that you may know38 and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god39 was formed, nor will there be one after me.40 11 I, even I, am the LORD,41 and apart from me there is no savior.42 12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-- I, and not some foreign god43 among you. You are my witnesses,44" declares the LORD, "that I am God. 13 Yes, and from ancient days45 I am he.46 No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"47
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