45 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped
to subdue nations before him
and strip kings of their robes,
to open doors before him—
and the gates shall not be closed:
and level the mountains,a
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
and riches hidden in secret places,
so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
besides me there is no god.
I arm you, though you do not know me,
and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I make weal and create woe;
I the Lord do all these things.
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may spring up,b
and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also;
I the Lord have created it.
earthen vessels with the potter!c
Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”?
or “Your work has no handles”?
or to a woman, “With what are you in labor?”
the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Will you question med about my children,
or command me concerning the work of my hands?
and created humankind upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
13 I have aroused Cyruse in righteousness,
and I will make all his paths straight;
he shall build my city
and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,
says the Lord of hosts.
The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,f
and the Sabeans, tall of stature,
shall come over to you and be yours,
they shall follow you;
they shall come over in chains and bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you, saying,
“God is with you alone, and there is no other;
there is no god besides him.”
O God of Israel, the Savior.
the makers of idols go in confusion together.
with everlasting salvation;
you shall not be put to shame or confounded
to all eternity.
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
“Seek me in chaos.”
I the Lord speak the truth,
I declare what is right.
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