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13 “From the very beginning, I am the only God![a]
    No one can be snatched from my hand.
    When I choose to act, who can reverse it?”

God, Israel’s Protector

14 This is what Yahweh,
    your Kinsman-Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says:[b]
    “For your good, I will send for the Babylonians;
    I will bring them all as fugitives
    and turn the shouting of the Chaldeans into mourning.[c]
15 I am Yahweh, your Holy One and your King,
    the Creator of Israel.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:13 Or “Ever since day was, I am he.”
  2. Isaiah 43:14 It is a beautiful thought that the Holy One, who must punish evil, is also our Kinsman-Redeemer. He loves us so much that he became the sacrifice to return us to God. See Lev. 25:25; Ruth 3:9; 4:14; Isa. 44:24.
  3. Isaiah 43:14 Or “in ships their joyful shout.” The Hebrew of this clause is uncertain.

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