Israel's Only Savior

Isaiah 43

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, a for I have redeemed you;
b I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 c When you pass through the waters, d I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you e walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
f I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have g loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
5 h Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And i gather you from the west;
6 I will say to the j north, 'Give them up!'
And to the south, 'Do not keep them back!'
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth -
7 Everyone who is k called by My name,
Whom l I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him."

8 m Bring out the blind people who have eyes,
And the n deaf who have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together,
And let the people be assembled.
o Who among them can declare this,
And show us former things?
Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified;
Or let them hear and say, "It is truth."
10 "You p are My witnesses," says the LORD,
q "And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and r believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, s am the LORD,
And besides Me there is no savior.
12 I have declared and saved,
I have proclaimed,
And there was no t foreign god among you;
u Therefore you are My witnesses,"
Says the LORD, "that I am God.
13 v Indeed before the day was, I am He;
And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
I work, and who will w reverse it?"

14 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
"For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives -
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your x King."

16 Thus says the LORD, who y makes a way in the sea
And a z path through the mighty waters,
17 Who a brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
18 "Do b not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a c new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
d I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because e I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 f This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My g praise.

22 "But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob;
And you h have been weary of Me, O Israel.
23 i You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings,
Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings,
Nor wearied you with incense.
24 You have bought Me no sweet cane with money,
Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
But you have burdened Me with your sins,
You have j wearied Me with your iniquities.

25 "I, even I, am He who k blots out your transgressions l for My own sake;
m And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be 1 acquitted.
27 Your first father sinned,
And your 2 mediators have transgressed against Me.
28 Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary;
n I will give Jacob to the curse,
And Israel to reproaches.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 43:5
    Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west.
    Isaiah 44:6
    Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:6
    I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles.
    Isaiah 45:4
    For Jacob My servant's sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 66:12
    You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
    Psalms 91:3
    Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:6
    "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."
    Jeremiah 30:11
    For I am with you,' says the LORD, 'to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.
  5. Cross References
    Daniel 3:25
    "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:8
    The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.
    Proverbs 21:18
    The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:9
    In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:10
    Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 44:2
    Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: 'Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
    Jeremiah 30:10
    Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,' says the LORD, 'Nor be dismayed, O Israel; For behold, I will save you from afar, And your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, And no one shall make him afraid.
    Jeremiah 46:27
    But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, And do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, And your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; No one shall make him afraid.
    Jeremiah 46:28
    Do not fear, O Jacob My servant," says the LORD, "For I am with you; For I will make a complete end of all the nations To which I have driven you, But I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 54:7
    For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:12
    Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west, And these from the land of Sinim.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:19
    We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, Those who were never called by Your name.
    James 2:7
    Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 100:3
    Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has...
    Isaiah 29:23
    But when he sees his children, The work of My h...
    John 3:2
    This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him...
    John 3:3
    Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly...
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new ...
    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ J...
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 6:9
    And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.
    Isaiah 42:19
    Who is blind but My servant, Or deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he who is perfect, And blind as the LORD's servant?
    Ezekiel 12:2
    Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:18
    In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:21
    Present your case," says the LORD. "Bring forth your strong reasons, " says the King of Jacob.
    Isaiah 41:22
    Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show the former things, what they were, That we may consider them, And know the latter end of them; Or declare to us things to come.
    Isaiah 41:26
    Who has declared from the beginning, that we may know? And former times, that we may say, ' He is righteous'? Surely there is no one who shows, Surely there is no one who declares, Surely there is no one who hears your words.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:8
    Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.'
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:4
    Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:4
    Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.'
    Isaiah 44:6
    Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:21
    Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me.
    Hosea 13:4
    Yet I am the LORD your God Ever since the land of Egypt, And you shall know no God but Me; For there is no savior besides Me.
  20. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:16
    They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
    Psalms 81:9
    There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:8
    Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 90:2
    Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
    Isaiah 48:16
    "Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me."
  23. Cross References
    Job 9:12
    If He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who can say to Him, 'What are You doing?
    Isaiah 14:27
    For the LORD of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back?
  24. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:20
    That they may see and know, And consider and understand together, That the hand of the LORD has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.
    Isaiah 41:21
    Present your case," says the LORD. "Bring forth your strong reasons, " says the King of Jacob.
  25. Cross References
    Exodus 14:16
    But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
    Exodus 14:21
    Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
    Exodus 14:22
    So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
    Psalms 77:19
    Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known.
    Isaiah 51:10
    Are You not the One who dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; That made the depths of the sea a road For the redeemed to cross over?
  26. Cross References
    Joshua 3:13
    "And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap."
  27. Cross References
    Exodus 14:4 - 9
    Then I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.
    Exodus 14:25
    And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.
  28. Cross References
    Jeremiah 16:14
    "Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "that it shall no more be said, 'The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,'
  29. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:9
    Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.
    Isaiah 48:6
    You have heard; See all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, Even hidden things, and you did not know them.
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
    Revelation 21:5
    Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful.
  30. Cross References
    Exodus 17:6
    Behold, I will stand before you there on the ro...
    Numbers 20:11
    Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock ...
    Deuteronomy 8:15
    Who led you through that great and terrible wil...
    Psalms 78:16
    He also brought streams out of the rock, And ca...
    Isaiah 35:1
    The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad ...
    Isaiah 35:6
    Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the t...
  31. Cross References
    Isaiah 48:21
    And they did not thirst When He led them through the deserts; He caused the waters to flow from the rock for them; He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 102:18
    This will be written for the generation to come...
    Isaiah 42:12
    Let them give glory to the LORD, And declare Hi...
    Luke 1:74
    To grant us that we, Being delivered from the h...
    Luke 1:75
    In holiness and righteousness before Him all th...
    Ephesians 1:5
    Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Je...
    Ephesians 1:6
    To the praise of the glory of His grace, by whi...
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen generation, a royal priest...
  33. Cross References
    Jeremiah 13:11
    'For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,' says the LORD, 'that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.'
  34. Cross References
    Micah 6:3
    O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me.
    Malachi 1:13
    You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness!' And you sneer at it," Says the LORD of hosts. "And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?" Says the LORD.
    Malachi 3:14
    You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the LORD of hosts?
  35. Cross References
    Amos 5:25
    Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 95:10
    For forty years I was grieved with that generation, And said, 'It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.
    Isaiah 1:14
    Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
    Isaiah 7:13
    Then he said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
    Ezekiel 6:9
    Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.
    Malachi 2:17
    You have wearied the LORD with your words; Yet you say, "In what way have we wearied Him? " In that you say, "Everyone who does evil Is good in the sight of the LORD, And He delights in them," Or, "Where is the God of justice?
  37. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:22
    I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
    Jeremiah 50:20
    In those days and in that time," says the LORD, "The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; For I will pardon those whom I preserve.
    Acts 3:19
    Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
  38. Cross References
    Ezekiel 36:22
    Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
  39. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:18
    Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
    Jeremiah 31:34
    "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
  40. Cross References
    Psalms 79:4
    We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.
    Jeremiah 24:9
    I will deliver them to trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them.
    Daniel 9:11
    Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.
    Zechariah 8:13
    And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.
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