Isaiah 43 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But now, says the Lord your Maker, O Jacob, and your life-giver, O Israel: have no fear, for I have taken up your cause; naming you by your name, I have made you mine. 1 But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not go over you: when you go through the fire, you will not be burned; and the flame will have no power over you. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your saviour; I have given Egypt as a price for you, Ethiopia and Seba for you. 3 For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Because of your value in my eyes, you have been honoured, and loved by me; so I will give men for you, and peoples for your life. 4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
5 Have no fear, for I am with you: I will take your seed from the east, and get you together from the west; 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, Give them up; and to the south, Do not keep them back; send back my sons from far, and my daughters from the end of the earth; 6 I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth--
7 Every one who is named by my name, and whom I have made for my glory, who has been formed and designed by me. 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
8 Send out the blind people who have eyes, and those who have ears, but they are shut. 8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
9 Let all the nations come together, and let the peoples be present: who among them is able to make this clear, and give us word of earlier things? let their witnesses come forward, so that they may be seen to be true, and that they may give ear, and say, It is true. 9 All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold 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, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have taken for myself: so that you may see and have faith in me, and that it may be clear to you that I am he; before me there was no God formed, and there will not be after me. 10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no saviour but me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I gave the word, and made it clear, and there was no strange god among you: for this reason you are my witnesses, says the Lord. 12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-- I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.
13 From time long past I am God, and from this day I am he: there is no one who is able to take you out of my hand: when I undertake a thing, by whom will my purpose be changed? 13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"
14 The Lord, who has taken up your cause, the Holy One of Israel, says, Because of you I have sent to Babylon, and made all their seers come south, and the Chaldaeans whose cry is in the ships. 14 This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Maker of Israel, your King. 15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator, your King."
16 This is the word of the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, and a road through the deep waters; 16 This is what the LORD says-- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who sends out the war-carriages and the horses, the army with all its force; they have come down, they will not get up again; like a feebly burning light they are put out. 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 Give no thought to the things which are past; let the early times go out of your minds. 18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing; now it is starting; will you not take note of it? I will even make a way in the waste land, and rivers in the dry country. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
20 The beasts of the field will give me honour, the jackals and the ostriches: because I send out waters in the waste land, and rivers in the dry country, to give drink to the people whom I have taken for myself: 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21 Even the people whom I made to be the witnesses of my praise. 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
22 But you have made no prayer to me, O Jacob: and you have given no thought to me, O Israel. 22 "Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.
23 You have not made me burned offerings of sheep, or given me honour with your offerings of beasts; I did not make you servants to give me an offering, and I did not make you tired with requests for perfumes. 23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24 You have not got me sweet-smelling plants with your money, or given me pleasure with the fat of your offerings: but you have made me a servant to your sins, and you have made me tired with your evil doings. 24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.
25 I, even I, am he who takes away your sins; and I will no longer keep your evil doings in mind. 25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
26 Put me in mind of this; let us take up the cause between us: put forward your cause, so that you may be seen to be in the right. 26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father was a sinner, and your guides have gone against my word. 27 Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
28 Your chiefs have made my holy place unclean, so I have made Jacob a curse, and Israel a thing of shame. 28 So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple, and I will consign Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn.