1But now this is what Yahweh who created you, Jacob, and he who formed you, Israel, says: “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine.
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.
3For I am Yahweh your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4Because you have been precious in my eyes, and honored, and I have loved you, I will give people in return for you and nations instead of your life.
5Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your seed from the east and gather you from the west.
6I will tell the north, ‘Give them up!’ and tell the south, ‘Do not hold them back! Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7everyone who is called by my name and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.’”
8Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.
9Let all the nations be gathered together and let the peoples be assembled. Who among them can declare this and show us former things? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear, and say, “That is true.”
10“You are my witnesses,” says Yahweh, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he. Before me there was no God formed, neither will there be after me.
11I myself am Yahweh, and besides me there is no savior.
12I have declared, I have saved, and I have shown, and there was no strange god among you. Therefore you are my witnesses,” says Yahweh, “and I am God.
13Yes, before the day was I am he, and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand. I will work, and who can hinder it?”
14This is what Yahweh your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: “For your sake, I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring all of them down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing.
15I am Yahweh, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”
16This is what Yahweh says, who makes a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters,
17who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the mighty man (they lie down together, they do not rise; they are extinct, they are quenched like a wick):
18“Do not remember the former things, and do not consider the things of old.
19Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs forth now. Do you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
20The animals of the field will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21the people that I formed for myself so that they would declare my praise.
22Yet you have not called on me, Jacob; but you have been weary of me, Israel.
23You have not brought me of your sheep for burnt offerings, neither have you honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, nor wearied you with frankincense.
24You have bought me no sweet cane with money, nor have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices, but you have burdened me with your sins. You have wearied me with your iniquities.
25I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
26Put me in remembrance. Let’s plead together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified.
27Your first father sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against me.
28Therefore I will profane the leaders of the sanctuary, and I will make Jacob a curse, and Israel an insult.”