The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 43:1 But nowe the Lorde that made thee O Iacob, and he that fashioned thee O Israel saith thus: feare not, for I haue redeemed thee, I haue called thee by thy name, thou art mine owne. Isaiah 43:2 If thou goest thorow ye water, I wyl be with thee, the strong fluddes shal not ouerwhelme thee: and if thou walkest thorowe the fire, it shall not burne thee, & the flambe shal not kindle vpon thee: Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lord thy God, the holye one of Israel thy sauiour: I gaue Egypt for thy deliueraunce, the Ethiopians and the Sabees for thee: Isaiah 43:4 Because thou wast deare in my sight, and because I set by thee and loued thee: I wyl geue ouer all men for thee, and deliuer vp all people for thy sake. Isaiah 43:5 Feare not, for I am with thee, I will bryng thy seede from the east, and gather thee together from the west. Isaiah 43:6 I wyll say to the north, let go, and to the south kepe not backe: but bring me my sonnes from farre, and my daughters from the endes of the worlde. Isaiah 43:7 [namely] all those that be called after my name: For them haue I created, fashioned, and made for mine honour.
He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.
Isaiah 43:8 Bring foorth that people whiche is blinde and yet hath eyes, whiche are deafe although they haue eares. Isaiah 43:9 If all nations come in one and be gathered together, whiche among them shall declare suche thinges, and tell vs the things that are past? let them bring their witnesse, so that they be iust: els let them heare, and say, it is trueth. Isaiah 43:10 You are my witnesses saith the Lord, and my seruaunt whom I haue chosen: therefore be certified, and geue me faythfull credence, and consider that I am he before whom there was neuer any god, neither shalbe any after me. Isaiah 43:11 I am, euen I am the only Lord, and beside me there is no sauiour. Isaiah 43:12 I gaue warning, I made whole, I taught you when there was no straunge god among you: and this recorde must ye beare me your selues, saith the Lorde, that I am God. Isaiah 43:13 And euen he am I who was from the beginning, and there is none that can take any thing out of my hande: I do the worke, and who shalbe able to let it?
He foretelleth them the destruction of Babylon,
Isaiah 43:14 Thus saith the Lorde the holy one of Israel your redeemer: for your sake I haue sent to Babylo, & brought it down: al they are fugitiue with the Chaldees, whose sorowfull crie is in their shippes. Isaiah 43:15 I am the Lord your holy one, which haue made Israel, and am your kyng. Isaiah 43:16 Thus saith the Lorde, euen he that maketh away in the sea, and a foote path in the mightie waters. Isaiah 43:17 It is he whiche bringeth foorth the charrets and horses, the hoast and power of warre, that they may fall together and neuer rise, and be extinct, lyke as towe are they quenched.
and his wonderful deliverance of his people.
Isaiah 43:18 Remember not thinges of olde, and regarde nothing that is past. Isaiah 43:19 Beholde, I shall make a newe thing, and shortly shall it appeare, and shall you not knowe it? I wyll make a way in the desert, and riuers of water in the wyldernesse. Isaiah 43:20 The wilde beastes shall worship me, the dragons and the young Estriches: for I shall geue water in the wyldernesse, and streames in the desert, that they may geue drinke to my people whom I chose. Isaiah 43:21 This people haue I made for my self, and they shall shewe foorth my prayse.
He reproveth the people as inexcusable.
Isaiah 43:22 For thou Iacob wouldest not call vppon me, but thou haddest an vnlust towarde me O Israel. Isaiah 43:23 Thou gauest me not thy beastes for burnt offerings, neither diddest honour me with sacrifices: I haue not ben chargeable vnto thee in offeringes, neither greeuous in incense. Isaiah 43:24 Thou boughtest me no deare spice with thy money, neither powredst the fat of thy sacrifices vpon me: but thou hast laden me with thy sinnes, and weeried me with thy vngodlynesse. Isaiah 43:25 Where as I yet, euen I am he onlye that for my owne selues sake do away thine offences, and forget thy sinnes, so that I wyll neuer thinke vpon them. Isaiah 43:26 Put me now in remembraunce: for we wyl reason together, & shew what thou hast for thee to make thee righteous. Isaiah 43:27 Thy first father offended sore, and thy rulers haue sinned against me: Isaiah 43:28 Therefore I profaned [or slue] the princes of the sanctuarie, I dyd curse Iacob, and gaue Israel into reproofe.