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Isaiah 45

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45 Cyrus Obeys the Lord's Commands
1 The Lord said to Cyrus, his chosen one:

I have taken hold
of your right hand
to help you capture nations
and remove kings from power.
City gates will open for you;
not one will stay closed.
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1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
have...: or, strengthened
2 As I lead you,
I will level mountains
z 45.2 mountains: The Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation; the Standard Hebrew Text “rising waves.”
and break the iron bars
on bronze gates of cities.
2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

3 I will give you treasures
hidden in dark
and secret places.
Then you will know that I,
the Lord God of Israel,
have called you by name.
3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
4 Cyrus, you don't even know me!
But I have called you by name
and highly honored you
a 45.4 But ... you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
because of Israel,
my chosen servant.
4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

5 Only I am the Lord!
There are no other gods.
I have made you strong,
though you don't know me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6 Now everyone from east to west
will learn that I am the Lord.
No other gods are real.
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7 I create light and darkness,
happiness and sorrow.
I, the Lord, do all of this.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

8 Tell the heavens
to send down justice
like showers of rain.
Prepare the earth
for my saving power
to sprout
and produce justice
that I, the Lord, create.
b 45.8 Prepare ... create: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
The Lord's Mighty Power
The Lord said:
8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

9 Israel, you have no right
45.9 Is 29.16; Ro 9.20.
to argue with your Creator.
You are merely a clay pot
shaped by a potter.
The clay doesn't ask,
“Why did you make me this way?
Where are the handles?”
9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
10 Children don't have the right
to demand of their parents,
“What have you done
to make us what we are?”
10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

11 I am the Lord, the Creator,
the holy God of Israel.
Do you dare question me
about my own nation
or about what I have done?
11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
12 I created the world
and covered it with people;
I stretched out the sky
and filled it with stars.
12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
13 I have done the right thing
by placing Cyrus in power,
and I will make the roads easy
for him to follow.
I am the Lord All-Powerful!
Cyrus will rebuild my city
and set my people free
without being paid a thing.
I, the Lord, have spoken.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
direct: or, make straight
The Lord Alone Can Save
14 My people, I, the Lord, promise
that the riches of Egypt
and the treasures of Ethiopia
c 45.14 Ethiopia: See the note at 11.11.
will belong to you.
You will force into slavery
those tall people of Seba.
d 45.14 Seba: See the note at 43.3.

They will bow down and say,
“The only true God is with you;
there are no other gods.”
14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
15 People of Israel,
your God is a mystery,
though he alone can save.
15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
16 Anyone who makes idols
will be confused
and terribly disgraced.
16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
17 But Israel, I, the Lord,
will always keep you safe
and free from shame.
17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
Everyone Is Invited
18 The Lord alone is God!
He created the heavens
and made a world
where people can live,
instead of creating
an empty desert.
The Lord alone is God;
there are no others.
18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
19 The Lord did not speak
in a dark secret place
or command Jacob's descendants
to search for him in vain.

The Lord speaks the truth,
and this is what he says
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
20 to every survivor
from every nation:
“Gather around me!
Learn how senseless it is
to worship wooden idols
or pray to helpless gods.
20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

21 “Why don't you get together
and meet me in court?
Didn't I tell you long ago
what would happen?
I am the only God!
There are no others.
I bring about justice,
and have the power to save.
21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

22 “I invite the whole world
to turn to me and be saved.
I alone am God!
No others are real.
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
23 I have made a solemn promise,
45.23 Ro 14.11; Phil 2.10
one that won't be broken:
Everyone will bow down
and worship me.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24 They will admit that I alone
can bring about justice.
Everyone who is angry with me
will be terribly ashamed
and will turn to me.
24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Surely...: or, Surely he shall say of me, In the LORD is all righteousness and strength
righteousness: Heb. righteousnesses
25 I, the Lord, will give
victory and great honor
to the people of Israel.”
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

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