NASB — Isaiah 43 — KJV

Israel Redeemed

  1 But now, thus says the LORD, your aCreator, O Jacob,
  And He who bformed you, O Israel,
  “Do not cfear, for I have dredeemed you;
  I have ecalled you by name; you are fMine!
  2 “When you apass through the waters, bI will be with you;
  And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
  When you cwalk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
  Nor will the flame burn you.
  3 “For aI am the LORD your God,
  The Holy One of Israel, your bSavior;
  I have given Egypt as your ransom,
  IcCush and Seba in your place.
  4 “Since you are aprecious in My sight,
  [Since] you are bhonored and I clove you,
  I will give [other] men in your place and [other] peoples in exchange for your life.
  5 “Do not fear, for aI am with you;
  I will bring byour offspring from the east,
  And cgather you from the west.
  6 “I will say to the anorth, ‘Give [them] up!’
  And to the south, ‘Do not hold [them] back.’
  Bring My bsons from afar
  And My daughters from the cends of the earth,
  7 Everyone who is acalled by My name,
  And whom I have bcreated for My cglory,
  dWhom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

[1] aIs 43:15 bIs 43:7, 21; 44:2, 21, 24 cIs 43:5 dIs 44:22, 23; 48:20 eGn 32:28; Is 43:7; 45:3, 4 fIs 43:21
[2] aPs 66:12; Is 8:7, 8 bDt 31:6, 8 cIs 29:6; 30:27-29; Dn 3:25, 27
[3] IOr Ethiopia aEx 20:2 bIs 19:20; 43:11; 45:15, 21; 49:26; 60:16; 63:8 cIs 20:3-5
[4] aEx 19:5, 6 bIs 49:5 cIs 63:9
[5] aIs 8:10; 43:2 bIs 41:8; 49:12; 61:9 cIs 49:12
[6] aPs 107:3 b2Co 6:18 cIs 45:22
[7] aIs 56:5; 62:2; Jm 2:7 bPs 100:3; Is 29:23; Ep 2:10 cIs 44:23; 46:13 dIs 43:1

Israel Is God’s Witness

  8 ¶ Bring out the people who are ablind, even though they have eyes,
  And the deaf, even though they have ears.
  9 All the nations have agathered together
  So that the peoples may be assembled.
  Who among them can bdeclare this
  And proclaim to us the former things?
  Let them present ctheir witnesses dthat they may be justified,
  Or let them hear and say, “It is true.”
  10 “You are aMy witnesses,” declares the LORD,
  “And bMy servant whom I have chosen,
  So that you may know and believe Me
  And understand that cI am He.
  dBefore Me there was no God formed,
  And there will be none after Me.
  11 “I, even I, am the LORD,
  And there is no asavior bbesides Me.
  12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
  And there was no astrange [god] among you;
  So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,
  “And I am God.
  13 “Even Iafrom eternity bI am He,
  And there is cnone who can deliver out of My hand;
  dI act and who can reverse it?”

[8] aIs 6:9; 42:19; Ezk 12:2
[9] aIs 34:1; 41:1 bIs 41:22, 23, 26 cIs 44:9 dIs 43:26
[10] aIs 44:8 bIs 41:8 cIs 41:4 dIs 45:5, 6
[11] aIs 43:3; 45:21; Ho 13:4 bIs 44:6, 8
[12] aDt 32:16; Ps 81:9
[13] ISo with Gr; Heb from the day aPs 90:2; Is 48:16 bIs 41:4 cPs 50:22 dJb 9:12; Is 14:27

Babylon to Be Destroyed

14 ¶ Thus says the LORD your aRedeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
  “For your sake I have sent to Babylon,
  And will bring them all down as fugitives,
  IEven the bChaldeans, into the cships IIin which they rejoice.
  15 “I am the LORD, your Holy One,
  aThe Creator of Israel, your bKing.”
16 Thus says the LORD,
  Who amakes a way through the sea
  And a path through the mighty waters,
  17 Who brings forth the achariot and the horse,
  The army and the mighty man
  (They will lie down together [and] not rise again;
  They have been bquenched [and] extinguished like a wick):
  18aDo not call to mind the former things,
  Or ponder things of the past.
  19 “Behold, I will do something anew,
  Now it will spring forth;
  Will you not be aware of it?
  I will even bmake a roadway in the wilderness,
  Rivers in the desert.
  20 “The beasts of the field will glorify Me,
  The ajackals and the ostriches,
  Because I have bgiven waters in the wilderness
  And rivers in the desert,
  To give drink to My chosen people.
  21 “The people whom aI formed for Myself
  bWill declare My praise.

[14] IAnother reading is As for the Chaldeans, their rejoicing is turned into lamentations IILit of their rejoicing aIs 41:14 bIs 23:13 cJr 51:13
[15] aIs 43:1 bIs 41:20; 44:6
[16] aEx 14:21, 22; Ps 77:19; Is 11:15; 44:27; 50:2; 51:10; 63:11, 12
[17] aEx 15:19 bPs 118:12; Is 1:31
[18] aIs 65:17; Jr 23:7
[19] aIs 42:9; 48:6; 2Co 5:17 bEx 17:6; Nu 20:11; Dt 8:15; Ps 78:16; Is 35:1, 6; 41:18, 19; 49:10; 51:3
[20] aIs 13:22; 35:7 bIs 41:17, 18; 48:21
[21] aIs 43:1 bPs 102:18; Is 42:12; Lk 1:74, 75; 1P 2:9

The Shortcomings of Israel

  22 ¶ “Yet you have not called on Me, O Jacob;
  But you have become aweary of Me, O Israel.
  23 “You have anot brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings,
  Nor have you bhonored Me with your sacrifices.
  I have not cburdened you with Iofferings,
  Nor wearied you with dincense.
  24 “You have bought Me not Iasweet cane with money,
  Nor have you IIfilled Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
  Rather you have burdened Me with your sins,
  You have bwearied Me with your iniquities.

[22] aMi 6:3; Mal 1:13; 3:14
[23] IOr a meal offering aAm 5:25 bZc 7:5, 6; Mal 1:6-8 cJr 7:21-26 dEx 30:34; Lv 2:1; 24:7
[24] IOr calamus IIOr saturated aEx 30:23; Jr 6:20 bPs 95:10; Is 1:14; 7:13; Ezk 6:9; Mal 2:17

  25 ¶ “I, even I, am the one who awipes out your transgressions bfor My own sake,
  And I will cnot remember your sins.
  26IPut Me in remembrance, alet us argue our case together;
  State your [cause], bthat you may be proved right.
  27 “Your afirst Iforefather sinned,
  And your IIbspokesmen have IIItransgressed against Me.
  28 “So I will Ipollute the IIprinces of the sanctuary,
  And I will consign Jacob to the aban and Israel to brevilement.

[25] aIs 44:22; 55:7; Jr 50:20 bIs 37:35; 48:9, 11; Ezk 36:22 cIs 38:17; Jr 31:34
[26] IOr Report to Me aIs 1:18; 41:1; 50:8 bIs 43:9
[27] ILit father IIOr interpreters IIIOr rebelled aIs 51:2; Ezk 16:3 bIs 9:15; 28:7; 29:10; Jr 5:31
[28] IOr pierce through IIOr holy princes aIs 24:6; 34:5; Jr 24:9; Dn 9:11; Zc 8:13 bPs 79:4; Ezk 5:15


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The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.

1 ¶ But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5 Fear not: for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; 6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7 [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

[1] Ex 15:13; 19:5; 33:17; Dt 32:9; Ps 100:3; 102:18; Is 35:9; 41:14; 42:6; 43:7, 14, 15, 21; 44:2, 5, 6, 21, 22; 45:4; 48:17; 49:1; 54:4; 62:12; 63:16; Jr 31:3; 33:24, 26; 50:34; Ezk 16:8; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:17; Ac 27:20, 25; Ep 2:10; 2Ti 2:19; Tit 2:14; He 8:8; Rv 5:9.
[2] Ex 14:29; Dt 31:6; Jsh 1:5, 9; 3:15; Ps 23:4; 46:4; 66:10, 12; 91:3, 15; Is 8:7; 11:15; 41:10, 14; Dn 3:25; Am 9:8; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; 4:1; Mt 1:23; 7:25; Lk 21:12; 1Co 3:13; 2Co 12:9; 2Ti 4:17, 22; He 11:29, 33; 1P 4:12.
[3] Ex 10:7; 2Ch 14:9; Pv 11:8; 21:18; Is 30:11; 41:14; 45:15, 21; 49:26; 60:16; Ho 13:4; Tit 2:10; 3:4; Jde 1:25.
[4] Gn 12:2; Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6; 14:2; 26:18; 32:9; Ps 112:9; 135:4; Jr 31:3; Ho 11:1; Mal 1:2; 3:17; Jn 5:44; 16:27; 17:23, 26; Tit 2:14; 1P 1:7; 2:9; Rv 3:9.
[5] Dt 30:3; 1K 8:46; Ps 22:27; 106:47; 107:3; Is 11:11; 27:12; 41:10, 14; 43:2; 44:2; 49:12; 60:1; 66:19; Jr 30:10, 18; 31:8; 46:27; Ezk 36:24; 37:21; 39:25; Mi 2:12; Zc 8:7; Lk 13:29; Jn 10:16; Ac 18:9.
[6] Is 18:7; Jr 3:14, 18; Ho 1:10; Ro 9:7, 25; 2Co 6:17; Ga 3:26.
[7] Ps 50:23; 95:6; 100:3; Is 29:23; 43:1, 21; 48:11; 62:2; 63:19; Jr 33:16; Jn 3:3; 15:8; Ac 11:26; Ro 9:23; 2Co 5:17; Ga 6:15; Ep 1:6, 12; 2:4, 10; Tit 3:5; Jm 2:7; 1P 2:9; 4:11, 14; Rv 3:12.

He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.

8 ¶ Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, [It is] truth. 10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when [there was] no strange [god] among you: therefore ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I [am] God. 13 Yea, before the day [was] I [am] he; and [there is] none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

[8] Dt 29:2; Is 6:9; 42:18; 44:18; Jr 5:21; Ezk 12:2; 2Co 4:4.
[9] Jsh 24:15; 1K 18:21, 36; Ps 49:1; 50:1; Is 41:21; 43:26; 44:7; 45:20; 46:10; 48:5, 14; Jol 3:11.
[10] Is 40:21; 41:4, 20; 42:1; 43:12; 44:6, 8; 45:6; 46:8; 55:4; Jn 1:7; 15:27; 20:31; Ac 1:8; 1Co 15:15; Php 2:7; Col 1:7; Rv 1:2, 5; 3:14.
[11] Dt 6:4; Is 12:2; 43:3; 45:21; Ho 1:7; 13:4; Lk 1:47; 2:11; Jn 10:28; Ac 4:12; Tit 2:10, 13; 3:4; 2P 3:18; 1Jn 4:14; 5:20; Jde 1:25; Rv 1:11, 17; 7:10.
[12] Dt 32:12; Ps 81:9; Is 37:7, 20, 35; 43:10; 44:8; 46:9, 10; 48:4.
[13] Dt 28:31; 32:39; Jb 9:12; 34:14, 29; Ps 50:22; 90:2; 93:2; Pv 8:23; 21:30; Is 14:27; 46:10; 57:15; Dn 4:35; Ho 2:10; 5:14; Mi 5:2; Hab 1:12; Jn 1:1; 8:58; Ro 9:18; Ep 1:11; 1Ti 1:17; He 13:8; Rv 1:8.

He foretelleth them the destruction of Babylon,

14 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry [is] in the ships. 15 I [am] the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. 16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

[14] Ps 19:14; Is 43:1, 3; 44:6, 24; 45:1, 2; 54:5; Jr 50:2, 17, 27; 51:1, 24, 34; Ezk 27:29; Rv 5:9; 18:11, 20.
[15] Ps 74:12; Is 30:11; 33:22; 40:25; 41:14, 16; 43:1, 3, 7, 21; 45:11; 48:17; Jr 51:5; Hab 1:12; Mt 25:34; Rv 3:7.
[16] Ex 14:16, 21, 29; Jsh 3:13; Ne 9:11; Ps 74:13; 77:19; 78:13; 106:9; 114:3; 136:13; Is 11:15; 43:2; 51:10, 15; 63:11; Jr 31:35; Rv 16:12.
[17] Ex 14:4, 23; 15:4; Ps 46:8; 76:5; Is 1:31; 14:20; Ezk 38:8; Rv 19:17; 20:8.

and his wonderful deliverance of his people.

18 ¶ Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

[18] Dt 7:18; 8:2; 1Ch 16:12; Is 46:9; 65:17; Jr 16:14; 23:7; 2Co 3:10.
[19] Ex 17:6; Nu 20:11; Dt 8:15; Ps 78:16; 105:41; Is 35:6; 40:3; 41:18; 42:9; 48:6, 21; Jr 31:22; Lk 3:4; Rv 21:5.
[20] 1Ch 16:13; Ps 33:12; 104:21; 148:10; Is 11:6; 41:17; 43:19; 48:21; 49:10; 55:1; 65:15; Jr 31:9; Jol 3:18; Mk 13:20; Jn 4:10, 14; 7:37; 1P 2:9; Rv 17:14; 21:6; 22:17.
[21] Ps 4:3; 102:18; Pv 16:4; Is 50:7; 60:21; 61:3; Lk 1:74; 1Co 6:19; 10:31; Ep 1:5; 3:21; Col 1:16; Tit 2:14; He 13:15; 1P 2:9.

He reproveth the people as inexcusable.

22 ¶ But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. 23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. 24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. 25 I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. 26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. 27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me. 28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

[22] Jb 21:14; 27:9; Ps 14:4; 79:6; Is 64:7; Jr 2:5, 11, 31; 10:25; Dn 9:13; Ho 7:10; 14:1; Mi 6:3; Mal 1:13; 3:14; Jn 6:66; Jm 4:2.
[23] Pv 15:8; 21:27; Is 1:11; 66:3; Am 5:21, 25; Zc 7:5; Mal 1:13; 3:8; Mt 11:30.
[24] Ex 30:7, 23, 34; Lv 3:16; 4:31; Ps 50:9; 95:10; Is 1:14, 24; 7:13; 63:10; Jr 6:20; Ezk 6:9; 16:43; Am 2:13; Mal 1:14; 2:13.
[25] Ps 25:7, 11; 51:9; 79:8, 9; Is 1:18; 37:35; 43:11; 44:22; 48:8; Jr 31:34; 50:20; Ezk 20:9, 14, 22; 36:22, 32; Mi 7:18; Mk 2:7; Ac 3:19; Ro 5:20; Ep 1:6, 8; He 8:12; 10:17.
[26] Gn 32:12; Jb 16:21; 23:3; 40:4, 7; Ps 141:2; Is 1:18; 43:9; Jr 2:21; Ezk 36:37; Lk 10:29; 16:15; 18:9; Ro 8:33; 10:3; 11:35.
[27] Nu 32:14; Ps 78:8; 106:6; Is 3:12; 28:7; 56:10; Jr 3:25; 5:31; 23:11; Lm 4:13; Ezk 16:3; 22:25; Ho 4:6; Mi 3:11; Zc 1:4; Mal 2:4; 3:7; Mt 15:14; 27:1, 41; Jn 11:49; Ac 5:17; 7:51; Ro 5:12.
[28] Dt 28:15; 29:21; 2S 1:21; Ps 79:4; 82:6; 89:39; Is 42:24; 47:6; 65:15; Jr 24:9; Lm 2:2, 6; 4:20; Dn 9:14; Zc 8:13; Lk 21:21; 1Th 2:16.


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