God Uses Cyrus
1 Thus says the LORD to Cyrus R1796 His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand, R1797
To subdue R1798 nations before him
And to F654 loose R1799 the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
2 "I will go before you and make R1800 the rough F655 places smooth;
I will shatter R1801 the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. R1802
3 "I will give you the treasures R1803 F656 of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls R1804 you by your name.
4 "For the sake of Jacob R1805 My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also called R1806 you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have not R1807 known Me.
5 "I am the LORD, and there R1808 is no other;
Besides R1809 Me there is no God.
I will gird R1810 F657 you, though you have not known Me;
6 That men R1811 F658 may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no R1812 one besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,
7 The One forming R1813 light and creating R1814 darkness,
Causing well-being F659 and creating R1815 calamity;
I am the LORD who does all these.
God's Supreme Power
8 "Drip R1816 down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the earth R1817 open up and salvation bear fruit,
And R1818 righteousness spring up with it.
I, the LORD, have created it.
9 "Woe to the one who quarrels R1819 with his Maker-- F660
An earthenware vessel among F661 the vessels of earth!
Will the clay R1820 say to the potter, F660 `What are you doing?'
Or the thing you are making say, `He has no hands'?
10 "Woe to him who says to a father, `What are you begetting?'
Or to a woman, `To what are you giving F662 birth?' "
11 Thus says the LORD R1821 , the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: R1822 F663
"Ask R1823 F664 Me about the things to come concerning F665 My sons, R1824
And you shall commit to Me the R1825 work of My hands.
12 "It is I who made R1826 the earth, and created man upon it.
I stretched R1827 out the heavens with My hands
And I ordained F666 all R1828 their host.
13 "I have aroused him in righteousness R1829
And I will make R1830 all his ways smooth;
He will build R1831 My city and will let My exiles go free, R1832
Without any payment or reward," says the LORD of hosts.
14 Thus says the LORD,
"The products F667 of Egypt R1833 and the merchandise of Cush R1834 F668
And the Sabeans, men of stature,
Will come R1835 over to you and will be yours;
They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains R1836
And will bow R1837 down to you;
They will make supplication to you:
`Surely, F669 God R1838 is with F670 you, and there R1839 is none else,
No other God.' "
15 Truly, You are a God who hides R1840 Himself,
O God of Israel, Savior! R1841
16 They will be put R1842 to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The manufacturers R1843 of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17 Israel has been saved by the LORD
With an everlasting R1844 salvation;
You will R1845 not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.
18 For thus says the LORD, who created R1846 the heavens (He is the God who formed R1847 the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a F671 waste R1848 place, but formed it to be inhabited), R1849
"I am the LORD, and there R1850 is none else.
19 "I R1851 have not spoken in secret,
In some F672 dark land;
I did not say to the offspring R1852 F673 of Jacob,
`Seek R1853 Me in a F674 waste place';
I, the LORD, speak R1854 righteousness,
Declaring R1855 things that are upright.
20 "Gather R1856 yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
They R1857 have no knowledge,
Who carry R1858 about their F675 wooden idol
And pray R1859 to a god who cannot save.
21 "Declare R1860 and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
Who R1861 has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the LORD?
And there is no R1862 other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Savior; R1863
There is none except Me.
22 "Turn R1864 to Me and be R1865 saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 "I R1866 have sworn by Myself,
The word R1867 has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me every R1868 knee will bow, every tongue will swear R1869 allegiance.
24 "They will say of Me, `Only in R1870 the LORD are righteousness and strength.'
Men will come to Him,
And all R1871 who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25 "In the LORD all the offspring of Israel
Will be justified R1872 and will glory." R1873
F654: Lit I will loose
F655: Another reading is mountains
F656: Or hoarded treasures
F657: Or arm
F658: Lit they
F659: Or peace
F660: Lit Fashioner
F661: Lit with
F660: Lit Fashioner
F662: Lit in labor pains with
F663: Lit Fashioner
F664: Or Will you ask
F665: Or upon
F666: Or commanded
F667: Lit labor
F668: Or Ethiopia
F669: Or God is with you alone
F670: Or in
F671: Or in vain
F672: Lit a place of a land of darkness
F673: Lit seed
F674: Or vain
F675: Lit the wood of their graven image
R1796: Isaiah 44:28
R1797: Psalms 73:23; Isaiah 41:13; 42:6
R1798: Isaiah 41:2,25; Jeremiah 50:3,35; 51:11,20,24
R1799: Job 1:12:21; Isaiah 45:5
R1800: Isaiah 40:4
R1801: Psalms 107:16
R1802: Jeremiah 51:30
R1803: Jeremiah 41:8; 50:37
R1804: Exodus 33:12,17; Isaiah 43:1; 49:1
R1805: Isaiah 41:8,9; 44:1
R1806: Isaiah 43:1
R1807: Acts 17:23
R1808: Isaiah 45:6,14,18,21; 46:9
R1809: Isaiah 44:6,8
R1810: Psalms 18:39
R1811: Psalms 102:15; Malachi 1:11
R1812: Isaiah 45:5
R1813: Isaiah 42:16
R1814: Psalms 104:20; 105:28
R1815: Isaiah 31:2; 47:11; Amos 3:6
R1816: Psalms 72:6; Hosea 10:12; 14:5; Joel 3:18
R1817: Psalms 85:11
R1818: Isaiah 60:21; 61:11
R1819: Job 1:15:25; 40:8,9; Psalms 2:2,3; Proverbs 21:30; Jeremiah 50:24
R1820: Isaiah 29:16; 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; Romans 9:20,21
R1821: Isaiah 43:15; 48:17; Ezekiel 39:7
R1822: Isaiah 44:2; 54:5
R1823: Isaiah 8:19
R1824: Jeremiah 31:9
R1825: Isaiah 19:25; 29:23; 60:21; 64:8
R1826: Isaiah 42:5; 45:18; Jeremiah 27:5
R1827: Psalms 104:2; Isaiah 42:5; 44:24
R1828: Genesis 2:1; Nehemiah 9:6
R1829: Isaiah 41:2
R1830: Isaiah 45:2
R1831: 2 Chronicles 36:22,23; Isaiah 44:28
R1832: Isaiah 52:3
R1833: Psalms 68:31; Isaiah 19:21
R1834: Isaiah 18:1; 43:3
R1835: Isaiah 14:1,2; 49:23; 54:3
R1836: Psalms 149:8
R1837: Isaiah 49:23; 60:14
R1838: Jeremiah 16:19; Zechariah 8:20-23; 1 Corinthians 14:25
R1839: Isaiah 45:5
R1840: Psalms 44:24; Isaiah 1:15; 8:17; 57:17
R1841: Isaiah 43:3
R1842: Isaiah 42:17; 44:9
R1843: Isaiah 44:11
R1844: Isaiah 26:4; 51:6; Romans 11:26
R1845: Isaiah 49:23; 50:7; 54:4
R1846: Isaiah 42:5
R1847: Isaiah 45:12
R1848: Genesis 1:2
R1849: Genesis 1:26; Psalms 115:16
R1850: Isaiah 45:5
R1851: Isaiah 48:16
R1852: Isaiah 45:25; 65:9
R1853: 2 Chronicles 15:2; Psalms 78:34; Jeremiah 29:13,14
R1854: Psalms 19:8; Isaiah 45:23; 63:1
R1855: Isaiah 43:12; 44:8
R1856: Isaiah 43:9
R1857: Isaiah 44:18,19; 48:5-7
R1858: Isaiah 46:1,7; Jeremiah 10:5
R1859: Isaiah 44:17; 46:6,7
R1860: Isaiah 41:23; 43:9
R1861: Isaiah 41:26; 44:7; 48:14
R1862: Isaiah 45:5
R1863: Isaiah 43:3,11
R1864: Numbers 21:8,9; 2 Chronicles 20:12; Micah 7:7; Zechariah 12:10
R1865: Isaiah 30:15; 49:6,12; 52:10
R1866: Genesis 22:16; Isaiah 62:8; Hebrews 6:13
R1867: Isaiah 55:11
R1868: Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10
R1869: Deuteronomy 6:13; Psalms 63:11; Isaiah 19:18; 65:16
R1870: Jeremiah 33:16
R1871: Isaiah 41:11
R1872: 1 Kings 8:32; Isaiah 53:11
R1873: Isaiah 41:16; 60:19