The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 43:1 And now the Lord God, makynge of nouyt thee, Jacob, and formynge thee, Israel, seith these thingis, Nyle thou drede, for Y ayenbouyte thee, and Y clepide thee bi thi name; thou art my seruaunt. Isaiah 43:2 Whanne thou schalt go bi watris, Y schal be with thee, and floodis schulen not hile thee; whanne thou schalt go in fier, thou schalt not be brent, and flawme schal not brenne in thee. Isaiah 43:3 For Y am thi Lord God, the hooli of Israel, thi sauyour. I yaf thi merci Egipt; Ethiopie and Saba for thee. Isaiah 43:4 Sithen thou art maad onourable, and gloriouse in myn iyen; Y louyde thee, and Y schal yyue men for thee, and puplis for thi soule. Isaiah 43:5 Nyle thou drede, for Y am with thee; Y schal brynge thi seed fro the eest, and Y schal gadere thee togidere fro the west. Isaiah 43:6 Y schal seie to the north, Yyue thou, and to the south, Nyle thou forbede; brynge thou my sones fro afer, and my douytris fro the laste partis of erthe. Isaiah 43:7 And ech that clepith my name to help, in to my glorie Y made hym of nouyt; Y fourmyde hym, and made hym.
He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.
Isaiah 43:8 Lede thou forth the blynde puple, and hauynge iyen; the deef puple, and eeris ben to it. Isaiah 43:9 Alle hethene men ben gaderid togidere, and lynagis be gaderid togidere. Who among you, who schal telle this, and schal make you to here tho thingis, that ben the firste? yyue thei witnessis of hem, and be thei iustified, and here thei, and seie. Isaiah 43:10 Verili ye ben my witnessis, seith the Lord, and my seruaunt, whom Y chees; that ye wite, and bileue to me, and vndurstonde, for Y mysilf am; bifore me is no God formere, and after me schal noon be. Isaiah 43:11 Y am, Y am the Lord, and with out me is no sauyour. Isaiah 43:12 I telde, and sauyde; Y made heryng, and noon alien God was among you. Ye ben my witnessis, seith the Lord; Isaiah 43:13 and Y am God fro the bigynnyng, Y my silf am, and noon is that delyuerith fro myn hoond; Y schal worche, and who schal distrie it?
He foretelleth them the destruction of Babylon,
Isaiah 43:14 The Lord, youre ayenbiere, the hooli of Israel, seith these thingis, For you Y sente out in to Babiloyne, and Y drow doun alle barris, and Caldeis hauynge glorie in her schippis. Isaiah 43:15 Y am the Lord, youre hooli, youre king, makynge Israel of nouyt. Isaiah 43:16 The Lord seith these thingis, that yaf weie in the see, and a path in rennynge watris; Isaiah 43:17 which ledde out a carte, and hors, a cumpany, and strong man; thei slepten togidere, nether thei schulen rise ayen; thei ben al tobrokun as flex, and ben quenchid.
and his wonderful deliverance of his people.
Isaiah 43:18 Thenke ye not on the formere thingis, and biholde ye not olde thingis. Isaiah 43:19 Lo! Y make newe thingis, and now tho schulen bigynne to be maad; sotheli ye schulen know tho. Y schal sette weie in desert, and floodis in a lond without weie. Isaiah 43:20 And a beeste of the feelde schal glorifie me, dragouns and ostrigis schulen glorifie me; for Y yaf watris in desert, and floodis in the lond without weie, that Y schulde yyue drynk to my puple, to my chosun puple. Isaiah 43:21 Y fourmyde this puple to me, it schal telle my preysyng.
He reproveth the people as inexcusable.
Isaiah 43:22 Jacob, thou clepidist not me to help; and thou, Israel, trauelidist not for me. Isaiah 43:23 Thou offridist not to me the ram of thi brent sacrifice, and thou glorifiedist not me with thi slayn sacrifices. Y made not thee to serue in offryng, nethir Y yaf to thee trauel in encense. Isaiah 43:24 Thou bouytist not to me swete smellynge spicerie for siluer, and thou fillidist not me with fatnesse of thi slayn sacrifices; netheles thou madist me to serue in thi synnes, thou yauest trauel to me in thi wickidnessis. Isaiah 43:25 Y am, Y my silf am, that do awei thi wickidnessis for me, and Y schal not haue mynde on thy synnes. Isaiah 43:26 Brynge me ayen in to mynde, and be we demyd togidere; telle thou, if thou hast ony thing, that thou be iustified. Isaiah 43:27 Thi firste fadir synnede, and thin interpretours trespassiden ayens me. Isaiah 43:28 And Y made foul hooli princes, and Y yaf Jacob to deth, and Israel in to blasfemye.