Isaiah 43:20-28 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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20 Wild animals will say 'Thank you!' - the coyotes and the buzzards - Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sun-baked earth, Drinking water for the people I chose, 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 the people I made especially for myself, a people custom-made to praise me. 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
22 "But you didn't pay a bit of attention to me, Jacob. You so quickly tired of me, Israel. 22 "Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.
23 You wouldn't even bring sheep for offerings in worship. You couldn't be bothered with sacrifices. It wasn't that I asked that much from you. I didn't expect expensive presents. 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 But you didn't even do the minimum - so stingy with me, so closefisted. Yet you haven't been stingy with your sins. You've been plenty generous with them - and I'm fed up. 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 "But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins - that's what I do. I don't keep a list of your sins. 25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
26 "So, make your case against me. Let's have this out. Make your arguments. Prove you're in the right. 26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
27 Your original ancestor started the sinning, and everyone since has joined in. 27 Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
28 That's why I had to disqualify the Temple leaders, repudiate Jacob and discredit Israel. 28 So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple, and I will consign Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn.