Bible: Isaiah 43:14-21

The Lord Will Do Something New

43:14 This is what the Lord says,

your protector, 1  the Holy One of Israel: 2 

“For your sake I send to Babylon

and make them all fugitives, 3 

turning the Babyloniansjoyful shouts into mourning songs. 4 

43:15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, 5 

the one who created Israel, your king.”

43:16 This is what the Lord says,

the one who made a road through the sea,

a pathway through the surging waters,

43:17 the one who led chariots and horses to destruction, 6 

together with a mighty army.

They fell down, 7  never to rise again;

they were extinguished, put out like a burning wick:

43:18Don’t remember these earlier events; 8 

don’t recall these former events.

43:19Look, I am about to do something new.

Now it begins to happen! 9  Do you not recognize 10  it?

Yes, I will make a road in the desert

and paths 11  in the wilderness.

43:20 The wild animals of the desert honor me,

the jackals and ostriches,

because I put water in the desert

and streams in the wilderness,

to quench the thirst of my chosen people,

43:21 the people whom I formed for myself,

so they might praise me.” 12 

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