|Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, |
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and ungird the loins of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
|Cyrus - The LORD's appointed king. Is.45.1-8|
|"I will go before you |
and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut asunder the bars of iron,
|I will give you the treasures of darkness |
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
|For the sake of my servant Jacob, |
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
|I am the LORD, and there is no other, |
besides me there is no God;
I gird you, though you do not know me,
|that men may know, from the rising of the sun |
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
|I form light and create darkness, |
I make weal and create woe,
I am the LORD, who do all these things.
|"Shower, O heavens, from above, |
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth,
and let it cause righteousness to spring up also;
I the LORD have created it.
|"Woe to him who strives with his Maker, |
an earthen vessel with the potter!
Does the clay say to him who fashions it, 'What are you making'?
or 'Your work has no handles'?
|The LORD of creation & history. Is.45.9-19|
|Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you begetting?' |
or to a woman, 'With what are you in travail?'"
|Thus says the LORD, |
the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
"Will you question me about my children,
or command me concerning the work of my hands?
|I made the earth, |
and created man upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
|I have aroused him in righteousness, |
and I will make straight all his ways;
he shall build my city and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,"
says the LORD of hosts.
|Thus says the LORD: |
"The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabe'ans, men 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 only, and there is no other,
no god besides him.'"
|Truly, thou art a God who hidest thyself, |
O God of Israel, the Saviour.
|All of them are put to shame and confounded, |
the makers of idols go in confusion together.
|But Israel is saved by the LORD |
with everlasting salvation;
you shall not be put to shame or confounded
to all eternity.
|For thus says the LORD, |
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.
|I did not speak in secret, |
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.
|"Assemble yourselves and come, |
draw near together,
you survivors of the nations!
They have no knowledge
who carry about their wooden idols,
and keep on praying to a god
that cannot save.
|The LORD of the universe & Babylon's idols. Is.45.20-46.13|
|Declare and present your case; |
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the LORD?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Saviour;
there is none besides me.
|"Turn to me and be saved, |
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
|By myself I have sworn, |
from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
'To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.'
|"Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, |
are righteousness and strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed,
all who were incensed against him.
|In the Lord all the offspring of Israel |
shall triumph and glory."
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