The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, the Lorde that made the O Iacob, & he that fashyoned the O Israel, sayeth thus: Feare not, for I wyll defende the. I haue called the by name thou art myne owne. Isaiah 43:2 When thou wentest in the water, I was by the, that the stronge floudes shuld not pluck the awaye. When thou walkest in the fyre, it shall not burne the, and the flame shall not kindle vpon the. Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lorde thy God, the holy one of Israel, thy Sauyour. I gaue Egypte for thy delyueraunce, the Moryans, and the Sabees for the: Isaiah 43:4 because thou wast deare in my sight, and because I set by the, and loued the. I pylled all men for the, & delyuered vp al people for thy sake, Isaiah 43:5 that thou shuldest not feare, for I was wyth the. I wyll brynge thy sede from the East, and gather the together from the West. Isaiah 43:6 I wyll saye to the North, let go. And to þe South, kepe not backe: but bringe me my sonnes from farre, and my daughters from the endes of the worlde: Isaiah 43:7 Namelye, all those that be called after my name: For them haue I created, fasshyoned, and made for myne honoure.
He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.
Isaiah 43:8 Brynge forth that people, whether they haue eyes or be blynde, deafe or haue eares. Isaiah 43:9 All nacyons shall come in one, and be gathered in one people. But whiche amonge yonder goddes shall declare suche thynges, & tell vs what is to come? Let them bringe theyr wytnesses, so shall they be fre: for then men shall heare it, & saye, it is trueth. Isaiah 43:10 But I bring you wytnesses (sayth the Lorde) euen those that are my seruauntes, whom I haue chosen: to the intent that ye myght be certyfyed and geue me faythfull credence: yee & to consydre, that I am he, before whom there was neuer any God, and that there shalbe none after me. Isaiah 43:11 I am only the Lorde, and wythout me is there no Sauyour. Isaiah 43:12 I geue warnynge, I make whole, I teach you that there shulde be no straunge God amonge you. And thys recorde must ye beare me your selues (sayth the Lorde) that I am God. Isaiah 43:13 And euen he am I from the begynnynge, & there is none that can take any thynge out of my hande. And what I do, can no man chaunge.
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 wyll sende to Babylon, & brynge all the strongest of them from thence: Namely, the Chaldees that boost them of their shyppes: Isaiah 43:15 Euen I the Lorde youre holy one whiche haue made Israel, and am youre Kynge. Isaiah 43:16 Moreouer, thus sayeth the Lorde, euen he that maketh a waye in the sea, and a footpath in the myghtye waters: Isaiah 43:17 which bryngeth forth the charettes and horses, the hoste & the power, that they maye fall a slepe & neuer ryse, and be extincte, lyke as towe is quenched.
and his wonderful deliverance of his people.
Isaiah 43:18 Ye remembre not thynges of olde, and regarde nothinge that is past Isaiah 43:19 Therfore beholde, I shall make a new thynge, & shortly shall it appeare: ye shall well knowe it, I told it you afore, but I wil tel it you agayne. I wyll make stretes in the deserte, & ryuers of water in þe wyldernes Isaiah 43:20 The wylde beastes shall worshyppe me: the dragon, and the Estryche. For I shall geue water in the wyldernesse, and streames in the deserte: that I may geue dryncke to my people, whom I chose. Isaiah 43:21 This people haue I made for my self, & 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 younge beastes for burntoffrynges, nether dydest honoure me with thy sacryfices. Thou boughtest me no deare spice wyth thy money, nether pouredest the fatt of thy sacrifices vpon me. Howbeit I haue not bene chargeable vnto the in offringes, nether greuous in incense. Isaiah 43:24 But thou hast laden me wyth thy synnes, and weeried me wyth thyne vngodlynes. Isaiah 43:25 Where as I yet am euen he onlye, that for myne owne selfes sake do awaye thyne offences, & forget thy synnes: so that I wyll neuer thyncke vpon them. Isaiah 43:26 Put me now in remembraunce (for we wyll reason together) & shew what thou hast for the, to make the quyte. Isaiah 43:27 Thy fyrst father offended sore, & 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.