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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 43

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Promises of Redemption and Restoration

1But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. 2When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. 3For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba* in return for you. 4Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you. I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life. g Dt 4, 37; Hos 11, 1 . 5Fear not, for I am with you; from the east I will bring back your descendants, from the west I will gather you. 6I will say to the north: Give them up! and to the south: Hold not back! Bring back my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth: h Is 49, 22; Ez 16, 20 . 7Everyone who is named as mine, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. 8Lead out the people who are blind though they have eyes, who are deaf though they have ears.

9Let all the nations gather together, let the peoples assemble! Who among them could have revealed this, or foretold to us the earlier things?* Let them produce witnesses to prove themselves right, that one may hear and say, “It is true!” 10You are my witnesses, says the LORD, my servants whom I have chosen To know and believe in me and understand that it is I. Before me no god was formed, and after me there shall be none.

11It is I, I the LORD; there is no savior but me. 12It is I who foretold, I who saved; I made it known, not any strange god among you; You are my witnesses, says the LORD. I am God, 13yes, from eternity I am He; There is none who can deliver from my hand: who can countermand what I do? i Is 41, 4 .

14Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,* the Holy One of Israel: For your sakes I send to Babylon; I will lower all the bars, and the Chaldeans shall cry out in lamentation. 15I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. 16Thus says the LORD, who opens a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, j Is 51, 10f; Ex 14, 21 . 17Who leads out chariots and horsemen, a powerful army, Till they lie prostrate together, never to rise, snuffed out and quenched like a wick. k Ex 15, 4 . 18Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not;* 19See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. 20Wild beasts honor me, jackals and ostriches, For I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink, 21The people whom I formed for myself, that they might announce my praise.

22Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob,* for you grew weary of me, O Israel. 23You did not bring me sheep for your holocausts, nor honor me with your sacrifices. I did not exact from you the service of offerings, nor weary you for frankincense. l Jer 6, 20 . 24You did not buy me sweet cane* for money, nor fill me with the fat of your sacrifices; Instead, you burdened me with your sins, and wearied me with your crimes. 25It is I, I, who wipe out, for my own sake, your offenses; your sins I remember no more. 26Would you have me remember, have us come to trial? Speak up, prove your innocence! 27Your first father* sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me 28Till I repudiated the holy gates, put Jacob under the ban, and exposed Israel to scorn.


g: Dt 4, 37; Hos 11, 1 .

h: Is 49, 22; Ez 16, 20 .

i: Is 41, 4 .

j: Is 51, 10f; Ex 14, 21 .

k: Ex 15, 4 .

l: Jer 6, 20 .

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