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Isaiah 43:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,1 who have ears but are deaf.2 9 All the nations gather together3 and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold4 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,5" declares the LORD, "and my servant6 whom I have chosen, so that you may know7 and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god8 was formed, nor will there be one after me.9 11 I, even I, am the LORD,10 and apart from me there is no savior.11 12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-- I, and not some foreign god12 among you. You are my witnesses,13" declares the LORD, "that I am God. 13 Yes, and from ancient days14 I am he.15 No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"16

God's Mercy and Israel's Unfaithfulness

14 This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,17 the Holy One18 of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives19 all the Babylonians,a20 in the ships in which they took pride. 15 I am the LORD,21 your Holy One, Israel's Creator,22 your King.23" 16 This is what the LORD says-- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,24 17 who drew out25 the chariots and horses,26 the army and reinforcements together,27 and they lay28 there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:29 18 "Forget the former things;30 do not dwell on the past.
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