12 “Listen to me, O family of Jacob,
Israel my chosen one!
I alone am God,
the First and the Last.
my right hand that spread out the heavens above.
When I call out the stars,
they all appear in order.”
Come, all of you, and listen:
The Lord has chosen Cyrus as his ally.
He will use him to put an end to the empire of Babylon
and to destroy the Babylonian* armies.
I will send him on this errand and will help him succeed.
From the beginning I have told you plainly what would happen.”
And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit
have sent me with this message.
48:14 Or Chaldean.