1The Lord says this to Cyrus, His anointed, # Is 44:28
whose right hand I have grasped # Ps 73:23; Is 41:13; 42:6
to subdue nations before him,
to disarm # Lit unloosen the loins kings, # Jb 12:21; Is 45:5
to open the doors before him
and the gates will not be shut:
2“I will go before you
and level the uneven places; # DSS, LXX read the mountains # Is 40:4
I will shatter the bronze doors
and cut the iron bars in two. # Ps 107:16
3I will give you the treasures of darkness
and riches from secret places, # Jr 41:8; 50:37
so that you may know that I, Yahweh,
the God of Israel call you by your name. # Ex 33:12,17; Is 43:1; 49:1
4I call you by your name,
because of Jacob My servant # Is 41:8; 42:19
and Israel My chosen one.
I give a name to you,
though you do not know Me.
5I am Yahweh, and there is no other; # Is 45:6,14,18,21; 46:9
there is no God but Me. # Is 44:6,8
I will strengthen # Lit gird you,
though you do not know Me,
6so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
that there is no one but Me. # Ps 102:15; Is 37:20; Mal 1:11
I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness, # Ps 104:20; 105:28
I make success and create disaster; # Gn 50:20; 1Sm 16:14; 1Kg 21:21; 22:8; 2Kg 6:33; Ps 78:49; Jb 2:10; Is 13:11; 31:2; 47:11; Jr 1:14; Lm 3:38; Am 3:6
I, Yahweh, do all these things.
8“Heavens, sprinkle from above,
and let the skies shower righteousness. # Hs 10:12
Let the earth open up
so that salvation will sprout
and righteousness will spring up with it. # Ps 85:11; Is 61:11
I, Yahweh, have created it.
9“Woe to the one who argues with his Maker —
one clay pot among many. # Lit a clay pot with clay pots of the ground
Does clay say to the one forming it,
‘What are you making?’ # Is 29:16; 64:8; Jr 18:6; Rm 9:20-21
Or does your work say,
‘He has no hands’? # Or making? Your work has no hands.
10How absurd is the one who says to his father,
‘What are you fathering?’
or to his mother,
‘What are you giving birth to? ’ ”
11This is what the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel # Is 1:4 and its Maker, says:
“Ask Me what is to happen to # Or Me the coming things about My sons, # Jr 31:9
and instruct Me about the work of My hands. # Is 19:25; 29:23; 60:21; 64:8
12I made the earth,
and created man on it.
It was My hands that stretched out the heavens, # Ps 104:2; Is 42:5; 44:24
and I commanded all their host.
13I have raised him up in righteousness, # Is 41:2
and will level all roads for him.
He will rebuild My city, # 2Ch 36:22-23; Is 44:28
and set My exiles free, # Is 52:3
not for a price or a bribe,”
says the Lord of Hosts.
God Alone is the Savior
14This is what the Lord says:
The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush
and the Sabeans, men of stature, # Is 18:1; 43:3
will come over to you # Is 14:1-2; 49:23; 54:3
and will be yours;
they will follow you,
they will come over in chains
and bow down to you.
They will confess # Lit pray to you:
God is indeed with you, # 1Co 14:25 and there is no other;
there is no other God.
15Yes, You are a God who hides Himself, # Ps 44:24; Is 1:15; 8:17; 57:17
God of Israel, Savior. # Is 43:3
16All of them are put to shame, even humiliated; # Is 42:17; 44:9
the makers of idols go in humiliation together.
17Israel will be saved by the Lord
with an everlasting salvation;
you will not be put to shame or humiliated
for all eternity. # Is 49:23; 50:7; 54:4
18For this is what the Lord says —
God is the Creator of the heavens.
He formed the earth and made it.
He established it;
He did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited # Gn 1:26; Ps 115:16 —
“I am Yahweh,
and there is no other.
19I have not spoken in secret, # Is 48:16
somewhere in a land of darkness.
I did not say to the descendants of Jacob:
Seek Me in a wasteland. # 2Ch 15:2; Ps 78:34; Jr 29:13-14
I, Yahweh, speak truthfully; # Ps 19:8; Is 45:23; 63:1
I say what is right.
20“Come, gather together,
and draw near, you fugitives of the nations.
Those who carry their wooden idols,
and pray to a god who cannot save, # Is 44:17; 46:1,7; Jr 10:5
have no knowledge. # Is 44:18-19; 48:5-7
21Speak up and present your case # Lit and approach # Is 41:21-23; 43:9 —
yes, let them take counsel together.
Who predicted this long ago?
Who announced it from ancient times?
Was it not I, Yahweh?
There is no other God but Me,
a righteous God and Savior; # Is 43:3,11
there is no one except Me. # Dt 4:35; 6:4; Mk 12:32
22Turn to Me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth.
For I am God,
and there is no other.
23By Myself I have sworn; # Gn 22:16; Is 62:8; Heb 6:13
Truth has gone from My mouth, # Is 55:11
a word that will not be revoked:
Every knee will bow # Rm 14:11; Php 2:10 to Me,
every tongue will swear allegiance.
24It will be said to Me: Righteousness and strength
is only in the Lord.”
All who are enraged against Him
will come to Him and be put to shame. # Is 41:11
25All the descendants of Israel
will be justified and find glory through the Lord.