Isaiah 43:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 All the nations gather together1 and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold2 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,3" declares the LORD, "and my servant4 whom I have chosen, so that you may know5 and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god6 was formed, nor will there be one after me.7 11 I, even I, am the LORD,8 and apart from me there is no savior.9 12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-- I, and not some foreign god10 among you. You are my witnesses,11" declares the LORD, "that I am God. 13 Yes, and from ancient days12 I am he.13 No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"14

God's Mercy and Israel's Unfaithfulness

14 This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer,15 the Holy One16 of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives17 all the Babylonians,a18 in the ships in which they took pride. 15 I am the LORD,19 your Holy One, Israel's Creator,20 your King.21" 16 This is what the LORD says-- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,22 17 who drew out23 the chariots and horses,24 the army and reinforcements together,25 and they lay26 there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:27 18 "Forget the former things;28 do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!29 Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert30 and streams in the wasteland.31
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