“Do not be afraid, for I have repurchased you.+
I have called you by your name.
You belong to me.
And through the rivers, they will not flood over you.+
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame singe you.
3 For I am Jehovah your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I have given Egypt as a ransom for you,
E·thi·oʹpi·a and Seʹba in exchange for you.
So I will give people in place of you
And nations in exchange for your life.*
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.
Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth,+
And whom I created for my own glory,
Whom I have formed and made.’+
Who among them can tell this?
Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right,
Or let them hear and say, ‘It is the truth!’”+
“Yes, my servant whom I have chosen,+
So that you may know and have faith in me*
And understand that I am the same One.+
Before me no God was formed,
And after me there has been none.+
So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God.+
When I act, who can prevent it?”+
“For your sakes I will send to Babylon and bring down all the bars of the gates,+
And the Chal·deʹans, in their ships, will cry out in distress.+
16 This is what Jehovah says,
The One making a way through the sea
And a path even through turbulent waters,+
The army together with the mighty warriors:
“They will lie down and not get up.+
They will be extinguished, snuffed out like a burning wick.”
18 “Do not remember the former things,
And do not dwell on the past.
Do you not recognize it?
20 The wild beast of the field will honor me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
For I provide water in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert,+
For my people, my chosen one,+ to drink,
21 The people whom I formed for myself
So that they might declare my praise.+
23 You have not brought me sheep for your whole burnt offerings
Or glorified me with your sacrifices.
I have not compelled you to bring me a gift,
Nor have I made you weary by demanding frankincense.+
And with the fat of your sacrifices you did not satisfy me.+
Instead, you have burdened me with your sins
And made me weary with your errors.+
And I will not remember your sins.+
26 Remind me; let us bring our case against each other;
Tell your side of it to prove you are in the right.