Isaiah 45

God Uses Cyrus

Thus 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 loose
to e loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you and f make the
Another reading is mountains
rough places smooth;
I will h shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron i bars.
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.
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.
“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,
The One w forming light and x creating darkness,
Or peace
well-being and z creating calamity;
I am the  Lord who does all these.

God’s Supreme Power

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.

Woe to the one who ad quarrels with his
Lit Fashioner
An earthenware vessel
Lit with
among the vessels of earth!
Will the ag clay say to the
Lit Fashioner
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 with
giving birth?’”

11 Thus says the aj  Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his
Lit Fashioner
al Maker:
Or Will you ask
an Ask Me about the things to come
Or upon
concerning 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 commanded
ordained 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.

14 Thus says the  Lord, “The
Lit labor
products 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 alone
Surely bh God is
Or in
with you, and bj there is none else,
No other God.’”
15 Truly, You are a God who bk hides Himself,
O God of Israel bl Savior!
16 They will be bm put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The bn manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17 Israel has been saved by the  Lord
With an bo everlasting salvation;
You bp will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.

18 For 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 vain
a 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 darkness
some dark land;
I did not say to the
Lit seed
bz offspring of Jacob,
ca Seek Me in
Or vain
a 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 image
their 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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