This is what the Lord says-
he who created you, 0 Jacob,
he who formed you, 0 Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.

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

"For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior....
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because 1 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."