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Isaiah

CHAPTER 45

1 Thus says Jehovah to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, To subdue the nations before him; And I will loosen the loins of kings; To open before him double doors So that the gates will not be shut:

2 I will go before you And make level the rough places; I will shatter the doors of brass And cut through the bars of iron,

3 And give to you the treasures of darkness And the hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I am Jehovah, who calls you by your name, The God of Israel.

4 For the sake of My servant, Jacob, And Israel, My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have surnamed you, although you do not know Me.

5 I am Jehovah and there is no one else; Besides Me there is no God; I girded you, although you do not know Me;

6 That they might know from the rising of the sun and from the west That there is no one besides Me. I am Jehovah and there is no one else;

7 He who forms the light and creates darkness, He who makes peace and creates evil, I am Jehovah who makes all these things.

8 Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds flow down righteousness; Let the earth open And bring forth salvation and righteousness; Let them spring forth together; I, Jehovah, have created it.

9 Woe to him who strives with the One who formed him - The shards among the shards of earthenware. Shall the clay say to the One who forms it, What are You making? And your work say, He has no hands?

10 Woe to him who says to his father, What are you begetting? Or to a woman, What are you bringing forth?

11 Thus says Jehovah, The Holy One of Israel and the One who formed him, Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, And concerning the work of My hands, command Me.

12 I have made the earth, And created man upon it; My own hands stretched out the heavens, And I commanded all of their host.

13 I raised him up in righteousness, And will make straight all his ways; He will build My city, And send away My captives, Neither for a price nor for a reward, Says Jehovah of hosts.

14 Thus says Jehovah, The wealth of Egypt, and the merchandise of Cush, And the Sabeans, men of stature, Will pass to you and will be yours. They will walk behind you; they will come over in chains And bow down to you and petition you, saying, Surely God is with you, and there is no one else; There is no other God.

15 Surely You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.

16 All of them will be ashamed and even confounded; Those who make idols go in confusion together.

17 Israel has been saved by Jehovah With an eternal salvation; You will not be ashamed or confounded Forever and ever.

18 For thus says Jehovah, Who created the heavens - He is the God Who formed the earth and made it; He established it; He did not create it waste, But He formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah and there is no one else;

19 I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, Seek Me in vain. I, Jehovah, speak righteousness, Declaring things that are right.

20 Gather yourselves together and come; Draw near together, You who have escaped from the nations. Those who set up their wooden idol And pray unto a god who cannot save Have no knowledge.

21 Declare and present your case; Indeed, let them take counsel together. Who related this long ago; Who declared it from that time? Was it not I, Jehovah? And there is no other God besides Me; A righteous God and Savior, And there is no one except Me.

22 Turn to Me and be saved, All the ends of the earth, For I am God and there is no one else.

23 I have sworn by Myself; A word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness And will not return, That every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall swear.

24 It shall be said of Me, Only in Jehovah Is there righteousness and strength. To Him shall men come, And all those who are burning in anger against Him shall be ashamed.

25 In Jehovah all the seed of Israel Shall be justified and shall glory.