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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Isaiah 43:1-28


  • Jehovah regathers his people (1-7)

  • The gods on trial (8-13)

    • “You are my witnesses” (10, 12)

  • Release from Babylon (14-21)

  • “Let us bring our case against each other” (22-28)

43  Now this is what Jehovah says, Your Creator, O Jacob, the One who formed you, O Israel:+ “Do not be afraid, for I have repurchased you.+ I have called you by your name. You belong to me.   When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,+ 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.   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.   For you became precious in my eyes,+ You were honored, and I have loved you.+ So I will give people in place of you And nations in exchange for your life.*   Do not be afraid, for I am with you.+ I will bring your offspring* from the east And gather you together from the west.+   I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’+ And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back. Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth,+   Everyone who is called by my name+ And whom I created for my own glory, Whom I have formed and made.’+   Bring out a people who are blind, though they have eyes, And who are deaf, though they have ears.+   Let all the nations assemble in one place, And let the peoples be gathered together.+ Who among them can tell this? Or can they cause us to hear the first things?*+ Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right, Or let them hear and say, ‘It is the truth!’”+ 10  “You are my witnesses,”+ declares Jehovah, “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.+ 11  I—I am Jehovah,+ and besides me there is no savior.”+ 12  “I am the One who declared and saved and made known When there was no foreign god among you.+ So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God.+ 13  Also, I am always the same One;+ And no one can snatch anything out of my hand.+ When I act, who can prevent it?”+ 14  This is what Jehovah says, your Repurchaser,+ the Holy One of Israel:+ “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.+ 15  I am Jehovah, your Holy One,+ the Creator of Israel,+ your King.”+ 16  This is what Jehovah says, The One making a way through the sea And a path even through turbulent waters,+ 17  The One who draws out the war chariot and the horse,+ 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. 19  Look! I am doing something new;+ Even now it is springing up. Do you not recognize it? I will make a way through the wilderness+ And rivers through the desert.+ 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.+ 22  But you have not called on me, O Jacob,+ Because you grew weary of me, O Israel.+ 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.+ 24  You did not buy me sweet cane* with your money, 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.+ 25  I, I am the One who is blotting out your transgressions*+ for my own sake,+ 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. 27  Your first forefather sinned, And your own spokesmen* have rebelled against me.+ 28  So I will profane the princes of the holy place, And I will give Jacob over to destruction And subject Israel to insulting words.+


Or “soul.”
Lit., “seed.”
Possibly referring to the first things to come in the future.
Or “and trust me.”
An aromatic reed.
Or “rebellious acts.”
Possibly referring to teachers of the Law.