1Family of Jacob, the Lord created you. People of Israel, he formed you. He says, “Do not be afraid. I will set you free. I will send for you by name. You belong to me.2You will pass through deep waters. But I will be with you. You will pass through the rivers. But their waters will not sweep over you. You will walk through fire. But you will not be burned. The flames will not harm you.3I am the Lord your God. I am the Holy One of Israel. I am the one who saves you. I will give up Egypt to set you free. I will give up Cush and Seba for you.4You are priceless to me. I love you and honor you. So I will trade other people for you. I will give up other nations to save your lives.5Do not be afraid. I am with you. I will bring your people back from the east. I will gather you from the west.6I will say to the north, ‘Let them go!’ And I will say to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from far away. Bring my daughters from the farthest places on earth.7Bring back everyone who belongs to me. I created them to bring glory to me. I formed them and made them.”8Lead my people into court. They have eyes but can't see. Bring those who have ears but can't hear.9All of the nations are gathering together. All of them are coming. Which one of their gods said ahead of time that the people of Israel would return? Which of them told us anything at all about the past? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right. Then others will hear them. And they will say, “What they said is true.”10“People of Israel, you are my witnesses,” announces the Lord. “I have chosen you to be my servants. I wanted you to know me and believe in me. I wanted you to understand that I am the one and only God. Before me, there was no other god at all. And there will not be any god after me.11I am the one and only Lord. I am the only one who can save you.12I have made known what would happen. I told you about it. And I saved you. I did it. It was not some other god you worship. You are my witnesses that I am God,” announces the Lord.13“And that is not all! I have always been God, and I always will be. No one can save people from my powerful hand. When I do something, who can undo it?”
The Lord Forgives Israel but Also Punishes Them
14The Lord sets his people free. He is the Holy One of Israel. He says, “People of Israel, I will send an army to Babylon to save you. I will cause all of the Babylonians to run away. They will try to escape in the ships they were so proud of.15I am your Lord and King. I am your Holy One. I created you.”16Long ago the Lord opened a way for his people to go through the Red Sea. He made a path through the mighty waters.17He caused Egypt to send out its chariots and horses. He sent its entire army to its death. Its soldiers lay down there. They never got up again. They were destroyed. They were blown out like a dimly burning flame. But the Lord says,18“Forget the things that happened in the past. Do not keep on thinking about them.19I am about to do something new. It is beginning to happen even now. Don't you see it coming? I am going to make a way for you to go through the desert. I will make streams of water in the dry and empty land.20Even wild dogs and owls honor me. That is because I provide water in the desert for my people to drink. I cause streams to flow in the dry and empty land for my chosen ones.21I do it for the people I made for myself. I want them to sing praise to me.22“Family of Jacob, you have not prayed to me as you should. People of Israel, you have not even begun to get tired while doing it.23You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings. You have not honored me with your sacrifices. I have not loaded you down by requiring grain offerings. I have not made you tired by requiring you to burn incense.24But you have not bought any sweet‑smelling cane for me. You have not given me the fattest parts of your animal sacrifices. Instead, you have loaded me down with your sins. You have made me tired with the wrong things you have done.25“I am the one who wipes out your lawless acts. I do it because of who I am. I will not remember your sins anymore.26But let us go to court together. Remind me of what you have done. State your case. Prove to me that you are not guilty.27Your father Jacob sinned. Your priests and prophets refused to obey me.28So I will put the high officials of your temple to shame. I will let Jacob's family be totally destroyed. And I will let people make fun of Israel.
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Israel’s Only Savior
1But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. (Ge 32:28; Isa 41:14; Isa 44:2; Isa 44:21; Isa 44:24; Isa 45:3)2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Ps 66:12; Isa 42:25; Da 3:25; Da 3:27)3For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. (Ex 20:2; Ps 72:10; Isa 45:14; Isa 52:3)4Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.5Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. (Ps 107:3; Isa 41:10; Isa 41:13; Isa 44:2; Isa 49:12; Isa 60:8; Jer 30:10)6I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, (2Co 6:18)7everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”8Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! (Isa 42:19)9All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, It is true. (Isa 41:1; Isa 41:21)10“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. (Isa 41:4; Isa 42:1; Isa 43:12; Isa 44:8)11I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. (Isa 45:21; Ho 13:4)12I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God. (Isa 43:10)13Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” (Ps 90:2; Isa 41:4; Joh 8:58)14Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sake I send to Babylon and bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice. (Isa 23:13; Isa 43:4; Isa 47:1)15I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”16Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, (Ex 14:21; Ps 77:19; Isa 51:10)17who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: (Ex 14:4; Ps 76:5; Ps 118:12; Isa 1:31)18“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. (Jer 16:14; Jer 23:7)19Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isa 35:8; Isa 41:18; Isa 42:9; Isa 48:21; 2Co 5:17; Re 21:5)20The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, (Isa 13:22; Isa 49:10)21the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. (Ps 22:3; Ps 79:13; Ps 105:1; Lu 1:74; 1Pe 2:9)22“Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel! (Mic 6:3)23You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. (Isa 43:22; Am 5:25)24You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.25“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isa 44:22; Isa 46:8; Eze 36:25)26Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right. (Isa 1:18)27Your first father sinned, and your mediators transgressed against me. (Jer 5:31; Eze 16:3)28Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary, and deliver Jacob to utter destruction and Israel to reviling. (Jer 24:9; Jer 29:22; La 2:2)