The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 43:1 But nowe, the Lorde that made the O Iacob, and he that fashyoned the: O Israel, sayeth thus: Feare not, for I haue redemed the. I haue called the by name: thou art myne awne. Isaiah 43:2 Yf thou goest thorow the water, I wilbe with the, that the stronge floudes shulde not pluck the awaye. And yf thou walckest thorowe the fyre, it shall not burne the, and the flame shall not kyndle vpon the. Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lord thy God the holy one of Israel, thy Sauioure. I gaue Egypte for thy deliueraunce, the Morians & the Sabees for the: Isaiah 43:4 because thou wast deare in my syght, and because I set by the, and loued the. I wyll geue ouer all men for the, and delyuer vp all people for thy sake, Isaiah 43:5 feare not: for I am with the. I wyll bringe thy sede from the East, and gather the together from the west. Isaiah 43:6 I wyll saye to the North, lett go. And to the South, kepe not backe: but bring me my sonnes from farre, and my daughters from the endes of þe worlde. Isaiah 43:7 Namely, all those that be called after my name. For them haue I created, fashyoned, & made for myne honour.
He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.
Isaiah 43:8 Bringe forth that people, which is blinde & yet hath eyes, which are deafe although they haue eares. Isaiah 43:9 If all nacions come in one and be gathered together, which amonge them shall declare soche thynges, and tell vs what is to come? Let them brynge theyr witnesse so shall they be fre: els, let them heare, and saye, it is truth. Isaiah 43:10 You are my witnesses (sayth the Lorde) and my seruaunt, whom I haue chosen: therfore be certified and geue me faithfull credence: and consydre, that I am he, before whom there was neuer any God, and that ther shalbe none after me. Isaiah 43:11 I am euen, I am the only Lorde and beside me ther is no Sauioure. Isaiah 43:12 I gaue warninge, I made whole I taught you when there was no straunge God amonge you. And this recorde must ye beare me youre selues, (sayth the Lord) that I am God. Isaiah 43:13 And euen he am I from the begynnynge, and there is none that can take any thynge out of my hande. I do the worke and who shall be able to let it.
He foretelleth them the destruction of Babylon,
Isaiah 43:14 Thus sayeth the Lorde the holy one of Israel youre redemer: for youre sake I haue sent to Babylon, and brought downe þe strongest of them. All they are fugityue with the Chaldees that boost them of theyr shyppes: Isaiah 43:15 Euen I the Lorde youre holy one which haue made Israel, and am youre kynge. Isaiah 43:16 Thus sayeth þe Lorde (euen he that maketh a waye in the see, & a footpath in the myghty waters:) Isaiah 43:17 which bringeth forth þe charettes & horses, the hoste & the power of warre, that they may fall and neuer ryse, and be extincte, lyke as towe is quenched.
and his wonderful deliverance of his people.
Isaiah 43:18 Remembre not thynges of olde, and regarde nothinge that is past. Isaiah 43:19 Beholde I shall make a newe thynge, and shortly shall it appeare, & shall you not knowe it? I wyll make stretes in the deserte, and ryuers of water in the wyldernes: Isaiah 43:20 The wylde beastes shall worshyppe me: the dragons, and the yonge Estriches. For I shall geue water in the wyldernes, and streames in the desert: that may geue drincke to my people, whom I chose. Isaiah 43:21 Thys people haue I made for my self, and they shall shewe forth my prayse.
He reproveth the people as inexcusable.
Isaiah 43:22 For thou (Iacob) woldest not call vpon me, but thou haddest an vnlust towarde me, O Israel. Isaiah 43:23 Thou gauest me not thy beastes for burntofferinges nether dydest honour me with thy sacrifyces. Thou boughtest me no deare spyce with thy money, nether pouredest the fat of thy sacrifyces vpon me. Howbeit I haue not bene chargeable vnto the in offeringes, nether greuous in incense. Isaiah 43:24 But thou hast laden me with thy synnes, & weryed me with thyne vngodlynes. Isaiah 43:25 Where as I yet, euen I am he onely, that for myne awne selfes sake do awaye thyne offences, and forget thy synnes: so that I will neuer thincke vpon them. Isaiah 43:26 Put me now in remembraunce (for we wyll reason together) and shewe what thou hast for the, to make the ryghteous. Isaiah 43:27 Thy fyrst father offended sore, and thy rulers haue synned agaynst me. Isaiah 43:28 Therfore I ether suspended, or slue the chefest prynces. I dyd curse Iacob, and gaue Israel into reprofe.