Isaiah 43:1-7

1
But now, thus says the LORD,
who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name: you are mine.

2
When you pass through waters, I will be with you;
through rivers, you shall not be swept away.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned,
nor will flames consume you.

3
For I, the LORD, am your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your savior.
I give Egypt as ransom for you,
Ethiopia and Seba* in exchange for you.

4
Because you are precious in my eyes
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you
and nations in exchange for your life.

5
Fear not, for I am with you;
from the east I will bring back your offspring,
from the west I will gather you.

6
I will say to the north: Give them up!
and to the south: Do not hold them!
Bring back my sons from afar,
and my daughters from the ends of the earth:

7
All who are called by my name
I created for my glory;
I formed them, made them.

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