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Isaiah 43:14-15

You Didn't Even Do the Minimum

14-15God, your Redeemer,

The Holy of Israel, says:

"Just for you, I will march on Babylon.

I'll turn the tables on the Babylonians.

Instead of whooping it up,

they'll be wailing.

I am God, your Holy One,

Creator of Israel, your King."

16-21This is what God says,

the God who builds a road right through the ocean,

who carves a path through pounding waves,

The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—

they lie down and then can't get up;

they're snuffed out like so many candles:

"Forget about what's happened;

don't keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new.

It's bursting out! Don't you see it?

There it is! I'm making a road through the desert,

rivers in the badlands.

Wild animals will say 'Thank you!'

—the coyotes and the buzzards—

Because I provided water in the desert,

rivers through the sun-baked earth,

Drinking water for the people I chose,

the people I made especially for myself,

a people custom-made to praise me.