Isaiah 43:1-7

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This passage brings together the three creating verbs used in early Genesis. Jacob, renamed Israel and owned by God, is created, formed, and made.

NRSV
1 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
. . .
5 Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
6 I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

See Created, Formed and Made.

Literal Reading?

This is an important passage for those who understand Genesis 2-5 as having reference to Israel. N. T. Wright introduces this approach at Eden as background to New Testament.

On the other hand the passage is cited here as "accepting" events of early Genesis "as literally true". See comment here. —BP

See Literal and Figurative Creation in the Bible and Created, formed and made — also Theistic Embryology.

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