Isaiah 43:1-3

Israel Redeemed

1 But now, thus says 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 9walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
3 "For 10I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your 11Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, 12Cush and Seba in your place.

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Isaiah 43:1-3 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 43:1-3 In-Context

1 But now, thus says the LORD , your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
3 "For 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 "Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
5 "Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring 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 hold them back.' Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made."

Cross References 12

  • 1. Isaiah 43:15
  • 2. Isaiah 43:7, 21; Isaiah 44:2, 21, 24
  • 3. Isaiah 43:5
  • 4. Isaiah 44:22, 23; Isaiah 48:20
  • 5. Genesis 32:28; Isaiah 43:7; Isaiah 45:3, 4
  • 6. Isaiah 43:21
  • 7. Psalms 66:12; Isaiah 8:7, 8
  • 8. Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
  • 9. Isaiah 29:6; Isaiah 30:27-29; Daniel 3:25, 27
  • 10. Exodus 20:2
  • 11. Isaiah 19:20; Isaiah 43:11; Isaiah 45:15, 21; Isaiah 49:26; Isaiah 60:16; Isaiah 63:8
  • 12. Isaiah 20:3-5

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