God Uses Cyrus1Thus says the Lord to a Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right b hand,
To c subdue nations before him
▼ Lit I will looseto e loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
2“I will go before you and f make the ▼
▼ Another reading is mountainsrough places smooth;
I will h shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron i bars.
3“I will give you the ▼
▼ Or hoarded treasures, k treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who l calls you by your name.
4“For the sake of m Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also n called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have o not known Me.
5“I am the Lord, and p there is no other;
q Besides Me there is no God.
I will ▼
▼ Or arm, s gird you, though you have not known Me;
▼ Lit they, u men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is v no one besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
7The One w forming light and x creating darkness,
▼ Or peacewell-being and z creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these.
God’s Supreme Power8 aa “Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the ab earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
ac And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.
9“Woe to the one who ad quarrels with his ▼Maker—
An earthenware vessel ▼
▼ Lit withamong the vessels of earth!
Will the ag clay say to the ▼potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
10“Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to a woman, ‘To what are you ▼
▼ Lit in labor pains withgiving birth?’”
11Thus says the aj Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his ▼ , al Maker: ▼
▼ Or Will you ask, an “Ask Me about the things to come ▼
▼ Or uponconcerning My ap sons,
And you shall commit to Me aq the work of My hands.
12“It is I who ar made the earth, and created man upon it.
I as stretched out the heavens with My hands
And I ▼
▼ Or commandedordained au all their host.
13“I have aroused him in av righteousness
And I will aw make all his ways smooth;
He will ax build My city and will let My exiles go ay free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.
14Thus says the Lord, “The ▼
▼ Lit laborproducts of ba Egypt and the merchandise of ▼
▼ Or Ethiopia, bc Cush
And the Sabeans, men of stature,
Will bd come over to you and will be yours;
They will walk behind you, they will come over in be chains
And will bf bow down to you;
They will make supplication to you:
▼ Or God is with you aloneSurely bh God is ▼
▼ Or inwith you, and bj there is none else,
No other God.’”
15Truly, You are a God who bk hides Himself,
O God of Israel bl Savior!
16They will be bm put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The bn manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an bo everlasting salvation;
You bp will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.
18For thus says the Lord, who bq created the heavens (He is the God who br formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it ▼
▼ Or in vaina bt waste place, but formed it to be bu inhabited), “I am the Lord, and bv there is none else.
19 bw “I have not spoken in secret,
▼ Lit a place of a land of darknesssome dark land;
I did not say to the ▼
▼ Lit seed, bz offspring of Jacob,
‘ ca Seek Me in ▼
▼ Or vaina waste place’;
I, the Lord cc speak righteousness,
cd Declaring things that are upright.
20 ce “Gather yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
cf They have no knowledge,
Who cg carry about ▼
▼ Lit the wood of their graven imagetheir wooden idol
And ci pray to a god who cannot save.
21 cj “Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
ck Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord?
And there is cl no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a cm Savior;
There is none except Me.
22 cn “Turn to Me and co be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 cp “I have sworn by Myself,
The cq word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me cr every knee will bow, every tongue will cs swear allegiance.
24“They will say of Me, ‘Only ct in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’
Men will come to Him,
And cu all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25“In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
Will be cv justified and will cw glory.”
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