Good News Translation
2 When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the holy God of Israel, who saves you.
I will give up Egypt to set you free;
I will give up Ethiopia[a] and Seba.
4 I will give up whole nations to save your life,
because you are precious to me
and because I love you and give you honor.
- Isaiah 43:3 Hebrew Cush: Cush is the ancient name of the extensive territory south of the First Cataract of the Nile River. This region was called Ethiopia in Graeco-Roman times, and included within its borders most of modern Sudan and some of present-day Ethiopia (Abyssinia).
New International Version
2 When you pass through the waters,(A)
I will be with you;(B)
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,(C)
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.(D)
3 For I am the Lord your God,(E)
the Holy One(F) of Israel, your Savior;(G)
I give Egypt(H) for your ransom,
Cush[a](I) and Seba(J) in your stead.(K)
4 Since you are precious and honored(L) in my sight,
and because I love(M) you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
- Isaiah 43:3 That is, the upper Nile region