But now, thussays the LORD, your 1Creator, O Jacob, And He who 2formed you, O Israel, "Do not 3fear, for I have 4redeemed you; I have 5called you by name; you are 6Mine!
2"When you 7pass through the waters, 8I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you 9walkthrough the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flameburn you.
"For 10I am the LORD your God, The HolyOne of Israel, your 11Savior; I have givenEgypt as your ransom, a12Cush and Seba in your place.
4"Since you are 13precious in My sight, Since you are 14honored and I 15love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
"Do not fear, for 16I am with you; I will bring17your offspring from the east, And 18gather you from the west.
"I will say to the 19north, 'Give them up!' And to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring My 20sons from afar And My daughters from the 21ends of the earth,
7Everyone who is 22called by My name, And whom I have 23created for My 24glory, 25Whom I have formed, even whom I have made."
8Bring out the peoplewho are 26blind, even though they haveeyes, And the deaf, even though they have ears.
9All the nations have 27gatheredtogether So that the peoples may be assembled. Who among them can 28declarethis And proclaim to us the formerthings? Let them present29their witnesses30that they may be justified, Or let them hear and say, "It is true."
"You are 31My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And 32My servantwhom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that 33I am He. 34Before Me there was noGodformed, And there will be noneafter Me.
"I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no35savior36besides Me.
"It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no37strange god among you; So you are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And I am God.
13"Evenb38from eternity39I am He, And there is 40none who can deliver out of My hand; 41I act and who can reverse it?"
14Thussays the LORD your 42Redeemer, the HolyOne of Israel, "For your sake I have sent to Babylon, And will bring them alldown as fugitives, cEven the 43Chaldeans, into the 44shipsdin which they rejoice.
"I am the LORD, your HolyOne, 45The Creator of Israel, your 46King."
16Thussays the LORD, Who 47makes a way through the sea And a path through the mightywaters,
Who bringsforth the 48chariot and the horse, The army and the mightyman (They will liedowntogether and not rise again; They have been 49quenched and extinguished like a wick ):
"50Do not call to mind the formerthings, Or ponderthings of the past.
19"Behold, I will dosomething51new, Now it will springforth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even52make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.
"The beasts of the field will glorify Me, The 53jackals and the ostriches, Because I have 54givenwaters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To givedrink to My chosenpeople.
"The peoplewhom55I formed for Myself 56Will declare My praise.
"Yet you have not called on Me, O Jacob; But you have become57weary of Me, O Israel.
"You have 58not brought to Me the sheep of your burntofferings, Nor have you 59honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not 60burdened you with eofferings, Norwearied you with 61incense.
"You have bought Me not f62sweetcane with money, Nor have you gfilled Me with the fat of your sacrifices; Rather you have burdened Me with your sins, You have 63wearied Me with your iniquities.
"I, even I, am the one who 64wipes out your transgressions65for My own sake, And I will 66not remember your sins.
"hPut Me in remembrance, 67let us argue our casetogether; State your cause, 68that you may be provedright.
"Your 69firstiforefathersinned, And your j70spokesmen have ktransgressed against Me.
"So I will lpollute the mprinces of the sanctuary, And I will consignJacob to the 71ban and Israel to 72revilement.