1The Lord says this to Cyrus, His anointed, #Is 44:28
whose right hand I have grasped #Ps 73:23Is 41:13|NoBook| 42:6
to subdue nations before him,
to disarm # Lit unloosen the loins kings, #Jb 12:21Is 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|NoBook| 50:37
so that you may know that I, Yahweh,
the God of Israel call you by your name. #Ex 33:12Is 43:1|NoBook| 49:1
4I call you by your name,
because of Jacob My servant #Is 41:8|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 46:9
there is no God but Me. #Is 44:6
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 102:15Is 37:20Mal 1:11
I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness, #Ps 104:20|NoBook| 105:28
I make success and create disaster; #Gn 50:201Sm 16:141Kg 21:21|NoBook| 22:82Kg 6:33Ps 78:49Jb 2:10Is 13:11|NoBook| 31:2|NoBook| 47:11Jr 1:14Lm 3:38Am 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 85:11Is 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|NoBook| 64:8Jr 18:6Rm 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|NoBook| 29:23|NoBook| 60:21|NoBook| 64:8
12I made the earth,
and created man on it.
It was My hands that stretched out the heavens, #Ps 104:2Is 42:5|NoBook| 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 36:22-23Is 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|NoBook| 43:3
will come over to you #Is 14:1-2|NoBook| 49:23|NoBook| 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 44:24Is 1:15|NoBook| 8:17|NoBook| 57:17
God of Israel, Savior. #Is 43:3
16All of them are put to shame, even humiliated; #Is 42:17|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 50:7|NoBook| 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 1:26Ps 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 15:2Ps 78:34Jr 29:13-14
I, Yahweh, speak truthfully; #Ps 19:8Is 45:23|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 46:1Jr 10:5
have no knowledge. #Is 44:18-1948:5-7
21Speak up and present your case # Lit and approach #Is 41:21-23|NoBook| 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
there is no one except Me. #Dt 4:35|NoBook| 6:4Mk 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 22:16Is 62:8Heb 6:13
Truth has gone from My mouth, #Is 55:11
a word that will not be revoked:
Every knee will bow #Rm 14:11Php 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.