Isaiah 43:5-13

5 Don't fear, I am with you. From the east I'll bring your children; from the west I'll gather you.
6 I'll say to the north, "Give them back!" and to the south, "Don't detain them." Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7 everyone who is called by my name and whom I created for my glory, whom I have formed and made.
8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes, the deaf ones who have ears.
9 All the nations are gathered together; the peoples are assembled. Which of them announced this? Who predicted to us the past events? Let them bring their witnesses as a defense; let them hear and say, "It's true!"
10 You are my witnesses, says the LORD, my servant, whom I chose, so that you would know and believe me and understand that I am the one. Before me no god was formed; after me there has been no other.
11 I, I am the LORD, and there is no savior besides me.
12 I announced, I saved, I proclaimed, not some stranger among you. You are my witnesses, says the LORD, and I am God.
13 From the dawn of time, I am the one. No one can escape my power. I act, and who can undo it?

Isaiah 43:5-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 43

Is this chapter the Lord comforts his own people, under their afflictions, with many precious promises; asserts his deity against the idols of the nations; promises deliverance from Babylon, and a greater redemption than that; one branch of which is forgiveness of sin; and closes the chapter with a prediction of the destruction of the Jews by the Romans, for their iniquities. The Lord claims his interest in his people, not only on the foot of creation, but of redemption and calling, and promises them his presence in the midst of afflictions, Isa 43:1,2, puts them in mind of what he had done for them; and assures them of future layouts, as the effect of his unchangeable love to them, Isa 43:3,4 and promises the conversion of their seed and offspring in the several parts of the world, Isa 43:5-7 then challenges the Heathen nations to give such proofs of the deity of their idols as he was capable of giving of his, as his people were witnesses, taken from his eternity and immutability, as the alone Jehovah, and from his omniscience and omnipotence, Isa 43:8-13, after which the destruction of Babylon is prophesied of, and the redemption of his people out of it; which they are encouraged to believe from his being Jehovah, their Sanctifier, Creator, and King; and from what he had done formerly for them, when he brought them out of Egypt, Isa 43:14-17, and which yet was not to be mentioned or remembered, in comparison of what he would do in the world, a new thing, redemption by the Messiah, and the conversion of the Gentiles to the glory of his grace, Isa 43:18-21, the sins of omission and commission the people of God had been guilty of are mentioned, which are freely pardoned for Christ's sake, Isa 43:22-25 when the body and bulk of the Jewish nation were given up to destruction, because of their sins, Isa 43:26-28.

Isaiah 43:5-13 In-Context

3 I am the LORD your God, the holy one of Israel, your savior. I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.
4 Because you are precious in my eyes, you are honored, and I love you. I give people in your place, and nations in exchange for your life.
5 Don't fear, I am with you. From the east I'll bring your children; from the west I'll gather you.
6 I'll say to the north, "Give them back!" and to the south, "Don't detain them." Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7 everyone who is called by my name and whom I created for my glory, whom I have formed and made.
8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes, the deaf ones who have ears.
9 All the nations are gathered together; the peoples are assembled. Which of them announced this? Who predicted to us the past events? Let them bring their witnesses as a defense; let them hear and say, "It's true!"
10 You are my witnesses, says the LORD, my servant, whom I chose, so that you would know and believe me and understand that I am the one. Before me no god was formed; after me there has been no other.
11 I, I am the LORD, and there is no savior besides me.
12 I announced, I saved, I proclaimed, not some stranger among you. You are my witnesses, says the LORD, and I am God.
13 From the dawn of time, I am the one. No one can escape my power. I act, and who can undo it?
14 The LORD your redeemer, the holy one of Israel, says, For your sake, I have sent an army to Babylon, and brought down all the bars, turning the Chaldeans' singing into a lament.
15 I am the LORD, your holy one, Israel's creator, your king!
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