because I love you

The words of the LORD from Isaiah 43:

Fear not, for I have redeemed you.

I have summoned you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.

Since you are precious and honored in my sight,

and because I love you,

I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth everyone who is called by my name,

whom I created for my glory,

whom I formed and made.

Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things?

Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,

so that others may hear and say,

“It is true.”

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