The LORD comforteth the Church with his promises.
Isaiah 43:1 And now, thus said Jehovah, Thy Creator, O Jacob, and thy Fashioner, O Israel, Be not afraid, for I have redeemed thee, I have called on thy namethou [art] Mine. Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest into waters, I [am] with thee, And into floods, they do not overflow thee, When thou goest into fire, thou art not burnt, And a flame doth not burn against thee. Isaiah 43:3 For IJehovah thy God, The Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour, I have appointed Egypt thine atonement, Cush and Seba in thy stead. Isaiah 43:4 Since thou wast precious in Mine eyes, Thou wast honoured, and I have loved thee, And I appoint men in thy stead, And peoples instead of thy life. Isaiah 43:5 Be not afraid, for I [am] with thee, From the east I bring in thy seed, And from the west I gather thee. Isaiah 43:6 I am saying to the north, 'Give up,' And to the south, 'Restrain not.' Bring in My sons from afar, And My daughters from the end of the earth. Isaiah 43:7 Every one who is called by My name, Even for My honour I have created him, I have formed him, yea, I have made him.
He appealeth to the people for witness of his omnipotency.
Isaiah 43:8 He brought out a blind people who have eyes, And deaf ones who have ears. Isaiah 43:9 All the nations have been gathered together, And the peoples are assembled, Who among them declareth this, And former things causeth us to hear? They give their witnesses, And they are declared righteous, And they hear and say, 'Truth.' Isaiah 43:10 Ye [are] My witnesses, an affirmation of Jehovah, And My servant whom I have chosen, So that ye know and give credence to Me, And understand that I [am] He, Before Me there was no God formed, And after Me there is none. Isaiah 43:11 II [am] Jehovah, And besides Me there is no saviour. Isaiah 43:12 II declared, and saved, and proclaimed, And there is no stranger with you, And ye [are] My witnesses, an affirmation of Jehovah, And I [am] God. Isaiah 43:13 Even from the day I [am] He, And there is no deliverer from My hand, I work, and who doth turn it back?
He foretelleth them the destruction of Babylon,
Isaiah 43:14 Thus said Jehovah, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: 'For your sake I have sent to Babylon, And caused bars to descendall of them, And the Chaldeans, whose song [is] in the ships. Isaiah 43:15 I [am] Jehovah, your Holy One, Creator of Israel, your King.' Isaiah 43:16 Thus said Jehovah, Who is giving in the sea a way, And in the strong waters a path. Isaiah 43:17 Who is bringing forth chariot and horse, A force, even a strong one: 'Together they lie downthey rise not, They have been extinguished, As flax they have been quenched.'
and his wonderful deliverance of his people.
Isaiah 43:18 Remember not former things, And ancient things consider not. Isaiah 43:19 Lo, I am doing a new thing, now it springeth up, Do ye not know it? Yea, I put in a wilderness a way, In a desolate placefloods. Isaiah 43:20 Honour me doth the beast of the field, Dragons and daughters of an ostrich, For I have given in a wilderness waters, Floods in a desolate place, To give drink to My peopleMy chosen. Isaiah 43:21 This people I have formed for Myself, My praise they recount.
He reproveth the people as inexcusable.
Isaiah 43:22 And Me thou hast not called, O Jacob, For thou hast been wearied of me, O Israel, Isaiah 43:23 Thou hast not brought in to Me, The lamb of thy burnt-offerings, And [with] thy sacrifices thou hast not honoured Me, I have not caused thee to serve with a present, Nor wearied thee with frankincense. Isaiah 43:24 Thou hast not bought for Me with money sweet cane, And [with] the fat of thy sacrifices hast not filled Me, Onlythou hast caused Me to serve with thy sins, Thou hast wearied Me with thine iniquities. Isaiah 43:25 II [am] He who is blotting out Thy transgressions for Mine own sake, And thy sins I do not remember. Isaiah 43:26 Cause me to rememberwe are judged together, Declare thou that thou mayest be justified. Isaiah 43:27 Thy first father sinned, And thine interpreters transgressed against me, Isaiah 43:28 And I pollute princes of the sanctuary, And I give Jacob to destruction, and Israel to revilings!