When thou passest through the [a]waters, I will be with thee, and through the floods, that they do not overflow thee. When thou walkest through the very fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the Lord thy God, the holy one of Israel, thy Savior: I gave [b]Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia, and Seba for thee.

Because thou wast precious in my sight, and thou wast honorable, and I loved thee, therefore will I give [c]man for thee, and people for thy sake.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:2 By water and fire he meaneth all kind of troubles and perils.
  2. Isaiah 43:3 I turned Sennacherib’s power against these countries, and made them to suffer that affliction which thou shouldest have done, and so were as the payment of thy ransom, Isa. 37:9.
  3. Isaiah 43:4 I will not spare any man, rather than thou shouldest perish, for God more esteemeth one of his faithful than all the wicked in the world.

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)
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)
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.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:3 That is, the upper Nile region

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