‘Do not be afraid,
I have called you by your name,
so now you are mine.
I will be with you.
When you cross dangerous rivers,
you will not drown.
When you walk through fire,
it will not burn you.
so I will rescue you.
I am Israel's
I gave Egypt as the price to buy you back.
I gave Ethiopia and Seba to their enemies,
so that you could be free.
You are my special people, and I love you.
So I will give other people to their enemies,
to keep your lives safe.
Other nations will pay the price,
instead of you.
so do not be afraid.
I will bring your descendants from the east.
I will also bring you together from the west.
“Give them back!”
And I will say to people in the south,
“Do not stop them!”
Bring my sons from places that are far away.
Bring my daughters from the ends of the earth.
I created them,
so that they would bring
I made them who they are.
Yes, I made them!
They have eyes, but they are
They have ears, but they are
Did any of their gods say what would happen?
Could any of them tell us what is going to happen?
If anyone heard them speak the
they should bring those people to this
Then they can tell us that they were right,
and they truly spoke about what would happen.’
‘You are the people who must say that I am right.
I have chosen you as my servant.
I chose you so that you may know me,
and also believe in me.
Then you would understand that I am the true God.
There has never been any other god except me,
and there never will be.
There is no other
and I did what I said I would do.
I told everyone what I had done.
There was no foreign god among you,
who did that for you.
So you are the people who must say
that I am the only true God.’
That is what the Lord says.
If I hold you in my hand,
nobody can take you away from my power.
When I do something,
nobody can change it.’
‘I will send an army to attack Babylon,
so that you, my people, will be safe.
I will cause all the Babylonians to run away.
but now they will use them to
I am the one who
I am your King.’
‘Forget those things that happened a long time ago.
Do not think about past events.
It is already beginning to happen.
Surely, you can recognize it.
Yes, I will make a road through the
I will make streams in the
They praise me because I put water in the desert,
and streams in the wilderness.
I am giving water to the people that I have chosen,
so that they will not be
so that they would
you did not call to me to help you.
You became tired of
You did not make
to show that you
I did not make it difficult for you,
when I asked you to bring
When I asked you to burn
that should not have made you tired.
to offer them to me.
You did not bring me the
to make me happy.
Instead, you have made it difficult for me,
because of all your
have caused me to become very tired.
when you do not obey me.
I, the Lord, do that, because of who I am.
I do not hold your
Show me why you think that you are right!
Your leaders and teachers turned against me.
to become ashamed.
I caused enemies to destroy Israel.
I let them