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When you pass through the waters I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
    and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
    peoples in exchange for your life.

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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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