New American Bible (Revised Edition)
3 For I, the Lord, am your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your savior.
I give Egypt as ransom for you,
Ethiopia and Seba[a] in exchange for you.
4 Because you are precious in my eyes
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you
and nations in exchange for your life.(A)
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
from the east I will bring back your offspring,
from the west I will gather you.
- 43:3–4 Egypt…Ethiopia and Seba: countries which God permitted the Persians to conquer in return for having given Israel its freedom.
New International Version
3 For I am the Lord your God,(A)
the Holy One(B) of Israel, your Savior;(C)
I give Egypt(D) for your ransom,
Cush[a](E) and Seba(F) in your stead.(G)
4 Since you are precious and honored(H) in my sight,
and because I love(I) you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid,(J) for I am with you;(K)
I will bring your children(L) from the east
and gather(M) you from the west.(N)
- Isaiah 43:3 That is, the upper Nile region