The Vision of Isaiah

Chapter 43

The Lord comforts the church with his promises, 1-7. He appeals to the people for witness of his omnipotence, 8-13. He foretells them the destruction of Babylon, 14-17, and his wonderful deliverance of his people, 18-21. He reproves the people as inexcusable, 22-28.

But now thus says the LORD who created you, O Jacob,/
and he who formed you, O Israel:/
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you./
I have called you by your name. You are mine.

When you pass through the waters,/
I will be with you./
And [when you pass] through the rivers,/
they shall not overflow you./
When you walk through the fire,/
you shall not be burned,/
neither shall the flame kindle upon you.

For I am the LORD your God,/
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior./
I gave Egypt for your ransom,/
Cush and Seba for you.

Since you have been precious in my sight,/
you have been honorable,/
and I have loved you,/
therefore I will give men in your stead/
and people for your life.

Do not fear, for I am with you./
I will bring your offspring from the east/
and gather you from the west.

I will say to the north, 'Give up,'/
and to the south, 'Do not keep back.'/
Bring my sons from far/
and my daughters from the ends of the earth,

Even everyone who is called by my name,/
for I have created him for my glory./
I have formed him. Truly, I have made him."

Bring forth the blind people who have eyes/
and the deaf who have ears.

Let all the nations be collected/
and let the people be assembled./
Who among them can declare this/
and show us former things?/
Let them bring forth their witnesses/
so that they may be justified./
Or let them hear, and say, "It is truth."

10 "You are my witnesses," says the LORD,/
"and my servant whom I have chosen,/
so that you may know and believe me,/
and understand that I am he./
Before me there was no god formed,/
neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I, am the LORD,/
and besides me there is no savior.

12 I have declared, and have saved,/
and I have shown,/
when there was no strange god among you;/
therefore, you are my witnesses,"/
says the LORD, "that I am God.

13 Even before the day was, I am he./
And there is no one who can deliver out of my hand./
I will work, and who shall hinder it?"

14 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,/
the Holy One of Israel:/
"For your sake I have sent to Babylon/
and have brought down all their nobles/
and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,/
the Creator of Israel, your King."

16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea/
and a path in the mighty waters,

17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,/
the army and the power/
(they shall lie down together, they shall not rise,/
they are extinct, they are quenched as tow):

18 "Do not remember the former things,/
neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing./
Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it?/
I will even make a way in the wilderness/
and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honor me,/
the jackals and the owls,/
because I give waters in the wilderness/
and rivers in the desert/
to give drink to my people, my chosen.

21 This people I have formed for myself,/
they shall show forth my praise.

22 Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob,/
but you have been weary of me, O Israel.

23 You have not brought me the small cattle of your burnt-offerings,/
neither have you honored me with your sacrifices./
I have not caused you to serve with an offering,/
nor wearied you with incense.

24 You have bought me no sweet cane with money,/
neither have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices./
But you have made me to serve with your sins,/
you have wearied me with your iniquities.

25 I, even I, am he/
who blots out your transgressions for my own sake/
and will not remember your sins.

26 Put me in remembrance. Let us plead together./
Declare, so that you may be justified.

27 Your first father has sinned,/
and your teachers have transgressed against me.

28 Therefore, I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary,/
and have given Jacob to the curse/
and Israel to reproaches."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Isaiah, Chapter 43[➚]


[v.2] - Text in square brackets added for implied meaning. Implied from the beginning of the verse.

[v.20] - Quoted in 1st Peter 2:9.

[v.21] - Quoted in 1st Peter 2:9.