When You’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place

43 1-4 But now, God’s Message,
    the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
    the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
    I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
    When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
    it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
    The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
    all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
    That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
    trade the creation just for you.

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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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