Isaiah 45

Cyrus, God’s Instrument

1 Thus says the  Lord to a  his anointed, to Cyrus,
b  whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and c  to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
2I will go before you
and d  level the exalted places
Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint  level the mountains

f  I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
3 g  I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the  Lord,
the God of Israel h  who call you by your name.
4For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
i  I call you by your name,
j  I name you, though you do not know me.
5 k  I am the  Lord, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
l  I equip you, though you do not know me,
6 m  that people may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the  Lord, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness,
I make well-being and n  create calamity,
I am the  Lord, who does all these things.
8 o  Shower, O heavens, from above,
and p  let the clouds rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
let the earth cause them both to sprout;
I the  Lord have created it.
9 q  Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
a pot among earthen pots!
r  Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
or ‘Your work has no handles’?
10Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”
11 Thus says s  the  Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
t  Ask me of things to come;
will you command me u  concerning my children and v  the work of my hands?
A slight emendation yields  will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands?

12 x  I made the earth
and created man on it;
it was my hands y  that stretched out the heavens,
and z  I commanded all their host.
13 aa  I have stirred him up in righteousness,
ab  and I will make all his ways level;
ac  he shall build my city
ad  and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,”
says the  Lord of hosts.

The  Lord, the Only Savior

14 Thus says the  Lord:
ae  “The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
and the Sabeans, men of stature,
shall come over to you af  and be yours;
they shall follow you;
they shall come over in chains and bow down to you.
They will plead with you, saying:
Surely God is in you, and there is no other,
no god besides him.’”
15 ag  Truly, you are a God who hides himself,
O God of Israel, the Savior.
16 ah  All of them are put to shame and confounded;
the makers of idols go in confusion together.
17But Israel is saved by the  Lord
with everlasting salvation;
ai  you shall not be put to shame or confounded
to all eternity.
18 aj  For thus says the  Lord,
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he ak  did not create it empty,
al  he formed it to be inhabited!):
I am the  Lord, and there is no other.
19 am  I did not speak in secret,
in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
an  Seek me in vain.’
Hebrew  in emptiness

I the  Lord speak ap  the truth;
I declare what is right.
20 aq  “Assemble yourselves and come;
draw near together,
you survivors of the nations!
ar  They have no knowledge
who as  carry about their wooden idols,
at  and keep on praying to a god
that cannot save.
21 au  Declare and present your case;
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the  Lord?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God av  and a Savior;
there is none besides me.
22 Turn to me and be saved,
aw  all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 ax  By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in ay  righteousness
a word that shall not return:
az  To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
Septuagint  every tongue shall confess to God

24 bb  Only in the  Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and bc  strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed
bd  all who were incensed against him.
25In the  Lord all the offspring of Israel
shall be justified and shall glory.”
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