Isaiah 45:5–18

I am the Lord, and there is no other;l

apart from me there is no God.m

I will strengthen you,n

though you have not acknowledged me,

so that from the rising of the sun

to the place of its settingo

people may knowp there is none besides me.q

I am the Lord, and there is no other.

I form the light and create darkness,r

I bring prosperity and create disaster;s

I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, raint down my righteousness;u

let the clouds shower it down.

Let the earth open wide,

let salvationv spring up,

let righteousness flourish with it;

I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrelw with their Maker,x

those who are nothing but potsherdsy

among the potsherds on the ground.

Does the clay say to the potter,z

‘What are you making?’a

Does your work say,

‘The potter has no hands’?b

10 Woe to the one who says to a father,

‘What have you begotten?’

or to a mother,

‘What have you brought to birth?’

11 “This is what the Lord says—

the Holy Onec of Israel, and its Maker:d

Concerning things to come,

do you question me about my children,

or give me orders about the work of my hands?e

12 It is I who made the earthf

and created mankind on it.

My own hands stretched out the heavens;g

I marshaled their starry hosts.h

13 I will raise up Cyrusb i in my righteousness:

I will make all his ways straight.j

He will rebuild my cityk

and set my exiles free,

but not for a price or reward,l

says the Lord Almighty.”

14 This is what the Lord says:

“The productsm of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,c

and those tall Sabeansn

they will come over to youo

and will be yours;

they will trudge behind you,p

coming over to you in chains.q

They will bow down before you

and pleadr with you, saying,

‘Surely God is with you,s and there is no other;

there is no other god.t’ ”

15 Truly you are a God who has been hidingu himself,

the God and Saviorv of Israel.

16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;w

they will go off into disgrace together.

17 But Israel will be savedx by the Lord

with an everlasting salvation;y

you will never be put to shame or disgraced,z

to ages everlasting.

18 For this is what the Lord says—

he who created the heavens,

he is God;

he who fashioned and made the earth,a

he founded it;

he did not create it to be empty,b

but formed it to be inhabitedc

he says:

“I am the Lord,

and there is no other.d

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