Isaiah 45:1–49:26

Thus saith the Lord to ahis anointed, to Cyrus,

Whose bright hand I ||have holden,

cTo subdue nations before him;

And dI will loose the loins of kings,

To open before him the two leaved gates;

And the gates shall not be shut;

I will go before thee,

And emake the crooked places straight:

fI will break in pieces the gates of brass,

fAnd cut in sunder the bars of iron:

And I will give thee gthe treasures of darkness,

And hhidden riches of secret places,

That thou mayest know that I, the Lord, iwhich call thee kby thy name, am lthe God of Israel.

For mJacob my servant’s sake, and mIsrael mine elect,

I have even icalled thee kby thy name:

I have nsurnamed thee, though thou hast onot known me.

pI am the Lord, and pthere is none else,

There is no God beside me:

qI girded thee, othough thou hast not known me:

rThat they may know sfrom the rising of the sun, and from the west,

That pthere is none beside me.

pI am the Lord, and there is none else.

I form the light, and tcreate darkness:

I make peace, and ucreate evil:

I the Lord do all these things.

vDrop down, ye heavens, from above,

And vlet the skies pour down wrighteousness:

Let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation,

And let wrighteousness spring up together;

I the Lord have created it.

xWoe unto him that ystriveth with zhis Maker!

Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth.

zShall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?

Or thy work, He hath no hands?

10  Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou?

Or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

11  Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker,

Ask me of athings to come concerning bmy sons,

And concerning cthe work of my hands command ye me.

12  dI have made the earth,

And ecreated man upon it:

I, even my hands, fhave stretched out the heavens,

And gall their host have I commanded.

13  hI have raised him up in righteousness,

And I will ||direct all his ways:

iHe shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives,

kNot for price nor reward,

Saith the Lord of hosts.

14  Thus saith the Lord,

lThe labour of Egypt, and merchandise of mEthiopia

And of the nSabeans, omen of stature,

Shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine:

They shall come after thee; pin chains they shall come over,

And qthey shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying,

rSurely God is in thee;

And sthere is none else, there is no God.

15  Verily thou art a God tthat hidest thyself,

O God of Israel, the Saviour.

16  uThey shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them:

They shall go to confusion together that are makers of vidols.

17  But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation:

vvYe shall not be ashamed nor confounded wworld without end.

18  xFor thus saith the Lord that created the heavens;

God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it,

He created it not yin vain, he formed it to be inhabited:

I sam the Lord; and there is none else.

19  zI have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth:

I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me yin vain:

aI the Lord speak righteousness, I declare bthings that are right.

20  Assemble yourselves and come;

Draw near together, cye that are escaped of the nations:

dThey have no knowledge ethat set up the wood of their graven image,

And fpray unto a god that cannot save.

21  gTell ye, and bring them near;

Yea, let them take counsel together:

gWho hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it hfrom that time?

Have not I the Lord? and ithere is no God else beside me;

A just God and ka Saviour; kthere is none beside me.

22  Look unto me, and lbe ye saved, lall the ends of the earth:

For iI am God, and there is none else.

23  mnI have sworn by myself,

The word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return,

mThat unto me oevery knee shall bow,

pEvery tongue shall swear.

24  ||Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I qrighteousness and strength:

Even to him shall men come;

And rall that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

25  qIn the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and sshall glory.

46 aBel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth,

Their bidols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle:

Your cocarriages were heavy loaden;

They are a burden to the dweary beast.

They stoop, they bow down together;

They could not deliver the burden,

eBut themselves are gone into captivity.

Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob,

And fall the remnant of the house of Israel,

Which are borne by me gfrom the belly,

hWhich are carried gfrom the womb:

And even to your iold age kI am he;

And even ito hoar hairs will I carry you:

I have made, and I will hbear;

Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

lTo whom will ye liken me, and make me equal,

And compare me, that we may be like?

mThey lavish gold out of the bag,

And weigh silver in the balance,

And hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god:

nThey fall down, yea, they worship.

oThey bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him,

And pset him in his place, and he standeth;

From his place shall he not remove:

Yea, one shall cry unto him, qyet can he not answer,

Nor save him out of his trouble.

Remember this, and rshew yourselves men:

sBring it again to mind, O ye ttransgressors.

uRemember the former things of old:

vFor I am God, and there is none else;

I am God, and there is none like me,

10  wDeclaring the end from the beginning,

And from ancient times the things that are not yet done,

Saying, xMy counsel shall stand,

And I will do yall my pleasure:

11  Calling za ravenous bird afrom the east,

The man ythat executeth my counsel from a far country:

Yea, bI have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass;

I have purposed it, I will also do it.

12  Hearken unto me, cye stouthearted,

That are far from righteousness:

13  dI bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off,

And my salvation eshall not tarry:

And I will place fsalvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

47 aCome down, and sit in the dust, O virgin bdaughter of Babylon,

cSit on the ground: dthere is no throne,

eO daughter of the Chaldeans:

For thou shalt no more be called ftender and delicate.

gTake the millstones, and hgrind meal:

Uncover thy ilocks, make bare the leg,

kUncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

kThy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen:

lI will take vengeance, and I will not mmeet thee as a man.

As for noour redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name,

nThe Holy One of Israel.

Sit thou psilent, and get thee into pdarkness, eO daughter of the Chaldeans:

qFor thou shalt no more be called, rThe lady of kingdoms.

sI was wroth with tmy people, uI have polluted tmine inheritance,

And given them into thine hand:

Thou didst shew them no mercy;

vUpon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

And wthou saidst, I shall be ra lady for ever:

So that thou didst not xlay these things to thy heart,

Neither didst remember ythe latter end of it.

Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, zthat dwellest carelessly,

zaThat sayest in thine heart, bI am, and none else beside me;

cI shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know dthe loss of children:

But ethese two things shall come to thee fin a moment gin one day,

dThe loss of children, and widowhood:

They shall come upon thee in their perfection

hFor the multitude of thy isorceries, and for the great abundance of hthine ienchantments.

10  For thou khast trusted in thy wickedness: lthou hast said, None seeth me.

mThy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath ||perverted thee;

And athou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

11  Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth:

And nmischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off:

And odesolation shall come upon thee fsuddenly, which pthou shalt not know.

12  qStand now hwith thine enchantments, and hwith the multitude of thy sorceries,

Wherein sthou hast laboured from thy youth;

If so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest rprevail.

13  sThou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels.

tLet now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators,

Stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

14  Behold, they shall be uas stubble; the fire shall burn them;

They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame:

There shall not be a coal to warm at, nor vfire to sit before it.

15  Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even wthy merchants, from thy youth:

They shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.

48 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob,

Which are called by the name of Israel,

And aare come forth out of the waters of Judah,

bWhich swear by the name of the Lord,

And make mention of cthe God of Israel,

But not din truth, nor in righteousness.

For they call themselves of ethe holy city,

And fstay themselves upon the God of Israel;

The Lord of hosts is his name.

gI have declared the former things hfrom the beginning;

And they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them;

I did them suddenly, and ithey came to pass.

Because I knew that thou art obstinate,

And jthy neck is an iron sinew,

And thy brow brass;

I have even hfrom the beginning declared it to thee;

Before it came to pass I shewed it thee:

kLest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them,

And my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.

Thou hast heard, see all this;

And will not ye declare it?

I have shewed thee new things from this time,

Even lhidden things, and thou didst not know them.

They are created now, and not hfrom the beginning;

Even before the day when thou heardest them not;

kLest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.

Yea, thou heardest not; yea, kthou knewest not;

Yea, hfrom that time that thine ear was not opened:

For I knew that thou wouldest mdeal very treacherously,

And wast called a transgressor nfrom the womb.

oFor my name’s sake pwill qI defer mine anger,

And for my praise will I refrain for thee,

That I cut thee not off.

10  Behold, rI have refined thee, but not ||with silver;

I have chosen thee sin the furnace of affliction.

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