To Israel the Lord says, I am your God; I will gather your descendants; beside me there is no Savior; you are my witnesses.
1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have aredeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the awaters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the bfire, thou shalt not be cburned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the Lord thy God, the aHoly One of Israel, thy bSaviour: I gave cEgypt for thy dransom, Ethiopia and eSeba for thee.
4 Since thou wast aprecious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
5 aFear not: for I am with thee: I will bbring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will say to the anorth, bGive up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have acreated him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
8 ¶ Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
10 aYe are my bwitnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have cchosen: that ye may know and dbelieve me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and abeside me there is no bsaviour.
12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.
13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall alet it?
14 ¶ Thus saith the Lord, your aredeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your aKing.
16 Thus saith the Lord, which amaketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall alie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are bquenched as tow.
18 ¶ Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the awilderness, and brivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the adragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
21 This apeople have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
22 ¶ But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
23 Thou hast not brought me the asmall cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
24 Thou hast bought me no asweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast bmade me to serve with thy sins, thou hast cwearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that ablotteth out thy btransgressions for mine own csake, and will not remember thy sins.
26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: adeclare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
27 Thy afirst father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
28 Therefore I have aprofaned the bprinces of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.