The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 43:1 But now thus sayeth the LORD that created thee, O Iacob, and hee that formed thee, O Israel; Feare not: for I haue redeemed thee, I haue called [thee] by thy name, thou art mine. Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I [wil be] with thee; and through the riuers, they shal not ouerflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt; neither shall the flame kindle vpon thee. Isaiah 43:3 For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy one of Israel, thy Sauiour: I gaue Egypt for thy ransome, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Isaiah 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast bene honourable, and I haue loued thee: therefore will I giue men for thee, and people for thy life. Isaiah 43:5 Feare not, for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee from the West. Isaiah 43:6 I wil say to the North, Giue vp; and to the South, Keepe not backe: bring my sonnes from farre, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Isaiah 43:7 [Euen] euery one that is called by my Name: for I haue created him for my glory, I haue formed him, yea I haue made him.
He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.
Isaiah 43:8 Bring foorth the blinde people, that haue eyes; and the deafe that haue eares. Isaiah 43:9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew vs former things? Let them bring foorth their witnesses, that they may be iustified: or let them heare, and say, [It is] trueth. Isaiah 43:10 Yee [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my seruant whom I haue chosen: that ye may know and beleeue me, and vnderstand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isaiah 43:11 I, [euen] I [am] the LORD, and beside me there is no Sauiour. Isaiah 43:12 I haue declared, and haue saued, and I haue shewed, when there was no strange [God] among you: therefore yee [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I [am] God. Isaiah 43:13 Yea before the day [was], I [am] hee; and there is none that can deliuer out of my hand: I will worke, and who shall let it?
He foretelleth them the destruction of Babylon,
Isaiah 43:14 Thus sayth the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel; For your sake I haue sent to Babylon, and haue brought downe all their nobles, and the Caldeans, whose crie is in the shippes. Isaiah 43:15 I [am] the LORD, your Holy one, the Creatour of Israel, your King. Isaiah 43:16 Thus sayth the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mightie waters: Isaiah 43:17 Which bringeth foorth the charet and horse, the armie and the power: they shall lie downe together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as towe.
and his wonderful deliverance of his people.
Isaiah 43:18 Remember yee not the former things, neither consider the things of olde. Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will doe a new thing: now it shall spring foorth, shall yee not know it? I will euen make a way in the wildernesse, [and] riuers in the desert. Isaiah 43:20 The beast of the field shall honor mee, the dragons and the owles, because I giue waters in the wildernesse, [and] riuers in the desert, to giue drinke to my people, my chosen. Isaiah 43:21 This people haue I formed for my selfe, they shall shewe foorth my praise.
He reproveth the people as inexcusable.
Isaiah 43:22 But thou hast not called vpon me, O Iacob, but thou hast beene wearie of me, O Israel. Isaiah 43:23 Thou hast not brought mee the small cattell of thy burnt offrings, neither hast thou honoured mee with thy sacrifices. I haue not caused thee to serue with an offring, nor wearied thee with incense. Isaiah 43:24 Thou hast bought mee no sweete cane with money, neither hast thou filled mee with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made mee to serue with thy sins, thou hast wearied mee with thine iniquities. Isaiah 43:25 I, [euen] I [am] hee [that] blotteth out thy transgressions for mine owne sake, and will not remember thy sinnes. Isaiah 43:26 Put mee in remembrance: let vs plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest bee iustified. Isaiah 43:27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers haue transgressed against mee. Isaiah 43:28 Therefore I haue profaned the princes of the Sanctuarie, and haue giuen Iacob to the curse, and Israel to reproches.