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43.9
ISAIAH

That trust in graven images,
That say unto molten images:
'Ye are our gods.'
 
18Hear, ye deaf,
And look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19Who is blind, but My servant?
Or deaf, as My messenger that I send?
Who is blind as he that is whole-hearted,
And blind as the Lord's servant?
20Seeing many things, thou observest not;
Opening the ears, he heareth not.
21The Lord was pleased, for His righteousness' sake,
To make the teaching great and glorious.
22But this is a people robbed and spoiled,
They are all of them snared in holes,
And they are hid in prison-houses;
They are for a prey, and none delivereth,
For a spoil, and none saith: 'Restore.'
23Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
24Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers?
Did not the Lord?
He against whom we have sinned,
And in whose ways they would not walk,
Neither were they obedient unto His law.
25Therefore He poured upon him the fury of His anger,
And the strength of battle;
And it set him on fire round about, yet he knew not,
And it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
 
43But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob,
And He that formed thee, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed thee,
I have called thee by thy name, thou art Mine.
2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee,
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee;
When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned,
Neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3For I am the Lord thy God,
The Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour;
I have given Egypt as thy ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
4Since thou art precious in My sight, and honourable,
And I have loved thee;
Therefore will I give men for thee,
And peoples for thy life.
5Fear not, for I am with thee;
I will bring thy seed from the east,
And gather thee from the west;
6I will say to the north: 'Give up',
And to the south: 'Keep not back,
Bring My sons from far,
And My daughters from the end of the earth;
7Every one that is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
I have formed him, yea, I have made him.'
8The blind people that have eyes shall be brought forth,
And the deaf that have ears.
9All the nations are gathered together,
And the peoples are assembled;
Who among them can declare this,
And announce to us former things?
Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified;

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