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31. Oct, 2019

Isaiah 43

14This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, the Holy
One of Israel:
“For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon,
forcing the Babylonians[b] to flee in those ships they
are so proud of.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator and King.
16 I am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters,
making a dry path through the sea.
17 I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
18 “But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
20The wild animals in the fields will thank me,
the jackals and owls, too,
for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
so my chosen people can be refreshed.
21 I have made Israel for myself,
and they will someday honor me before the whole
world. 22 “But, dear family of Jacob, you refuse to ask for
my help. You have grown tired of me, O Israel!
23You have not brought me sheep or goats for burnt
offerings.
You have not honored me with sacrifices,
though I have not burdened and wearied you
with requests for grain offerings and frankincense.
24You have not brought me fragrant calamus
or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices.
Instead, you have burdened me with your sins
and wearied me with your faults.
25 “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own
sake
and will never think of them again.
26 Let us review the situation together,
and you can present your case to prove your
innocence.
27From the very beginning, your first ancestor sinned
against me;
all your leaders broke my laws.
28That is why I have disgraced your priests;
I have decreed complete destruction[c] for Jacob
and shame for Israel.