1 This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one,
whose right hand he will empower.
Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear.
Their fortress gates will be opened,
never to shut again.
“I will go before you, Cyrus,
and level the mountains.*
I will smash down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
Why did I call you by name when you did not know me?
It is for the sake of Jacob my servant,
Israel my chosen one.
there is no other God.
I have equipped you for battle,
though you don’t even know me,
will know there is no other God.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I send good times and bad times.
I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.
and pour out your righteousness.
Let the earth open wide
so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together.
I, the Lord, created them.
Does a clay pot argue with its maker?
Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying,
‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’
Does the pot exclaim,
‘How clumsy can you be?’
‘Why was I born?’
or if it said to its mother,
‘Why did you make me this way?’ ”
the Holy One of Israel and your Creator:
“Do you question what I do for my children?
Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?
and created people to live on it.
With my hands I stretched out the heavens.
All the stars are at my command.
and I will guide his actions.
He will restore my city and free my captive people—
without seeking a reward!
I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
14 This is what the Lord says:
“You will rule the Egyptians,
the Ethiopians,* and the Sabeans.
They will come to you with all their merchandise,
and it will all be yours.
They will follow you as prisoners in chains.
They will fall to their knees in front of you and say,
‘God is with you, and he is the only God.
There is no other.’ ”
you work in mysterious ways.
They will all be disgraced together.
with eternal salvation.
Throughout everlasting ages,
they will never again be humiliated and disgraced.
and he created the heavens and earth
and put everything in place.
He made the world to be lived in,
not to be a place of empty chaos.
“I am the Lord,” he says,
“and there is no other.
I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner.
I would not have told the people of Israel* to seek me
if I could not be found.
I, the Lord, speak only what is true
and declare only what is right.
you fugitives from surrounding nations.
What fools they are who carry around their wooden idols
and pray to gods that cannot save!
Get together and decide what to say.
Who made these things known so long ago?
What idol ever told you they would happen?
Was it not I, the Lord?
For there is no other God but me,
a righteous God and Savior.
There is none but me.
For I am God; there is no other.
I have spoken the truth,
and I will never go back on my word:
Every knee will bend to me,
and every tongue will declare allegiance to me.* ”
“The Lord is the source of all my righteousness and strength.”
And all who were angry with him
will come to him and be ashamed.
and in him they will boast.
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