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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.
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)
Fear not, for I am with you;
    from the east I will bring back your offspring,
    from the west I will gather you.

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Footnotes

  1. 43:3–4 Egypt…Ethiopia and Seba: countries which God permitted the Persians to conquer in return for having given Israel its freedom.

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)
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.
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)

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Footnotes

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

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