Isaiah Chapter 45 |
1Thus said the Lord to Cyrus, His anointed one—
Whose right hand He has grasped,
Treading down nations before him,
Ungirding the loins of kings,
Opening doors before him
And letting no gate stay shut:
2I will march before you
And level the hills that loom up;
I will shatter doors of bronze
And cut down iron bars.
3I will give you treasures concealed in the dark
And secret hoards—
So that you may know that it is I the Lord,
The God of Israel, who call you by name.
4For the sake of My servant Jacob,
Israel My chosen one,
I call you by name,
I hail you by title, though you have not known Me.
5I am the Lord and there is none else;
Beside Me, there is no god.
I engird you, though you have not known Me,
6So that they may know, from east to west,
That there is none but Me.
I am the Lord and there is none else,
7I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe—
I the Lord do all these things.
8Pour down, O skies, from above!
Let the heavens rain down victory!
Let the earth open up and triumph sprout,
Yes, let vindication spring up:
I the Lord have created it.
9Shame on him who argues with his Maker,
Though naught but a potsherd of earth!
Shall the clay say to the potter, “What are you doing?
Your work has no handles”?
10Shame on him who asks his father, “What are you begetting?”
Or a woman, “What are you bearing?”
11Thus said the Lord,
Israel’s Holy One and Maker:
Will you question Me on the destiny of My children,
Will you instruct Me about the work of My hands?
12It was I who made the earth
And created man upon it;
My own hands stretched out the heavens,
And I marshaled all their host.
13It was I who roused him for victory
And who level all roads for him.
He shall rebuild My city
And let My exiled people go
Without price and without payment
—said the Lord of Hosts.
14Thus said the Lord:
Egypt’s wealth and Nubia’s gains
And Sabaites, long of limb,
Shall pass over to you and be yours,
Pass over and follow you in fetters,
Bow low to you
And reverently address you:
“Only among you is God,
There is no other god at all!
15You are indeed a God who concealed Himself,
O God of Israel, who bring victory!
16Those who fabricate idols,
All are shamed and disgraced;
To a man, they slink away in disgrace.
17But Israel has won through the Lord
You shall not be shamed or disgraced
In all the ages to come!”
18For thus said the Lord,
The Creator of heaven who alone is God,
Who formed the earth and made it,
Who alone established it—
He did not create it a waste,
But formed it for habitation:
I am the Lord, and there is none else.
19I did not speak in secret,
At a site in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the stock of Jacob,
“Seek Me out in a wasteland”—
I the Lord, who foretell reliably,
Who announce what is true.
20Come, gather together,
Draw nigh, you remnants of the nations!
No foreknowledge had they who carry their wooden images
And pray to a god who cannot give success.
21Speak up, compare testimony—
Let them even take counsel together!
Who announced this aforetime,
Foretold it of old?
Was it not I the Lord?
Then there is no god beside Me,
No God exists beside Me
Who foretells truly and grants success.
22Turn to Me and gain success,
All the ends of earth!
For I am God, and there is none else.
23By Myself have I sworn,
From My mouth has issued truth,
A word that shall not turn back:
To Me every knee shall bend,
Every tongue swear loyalty.
24They shall say: “Only through the Lord
Can I find victory and might.
When people trust in Him,
All their adversaries are put to shame.
25It is through the Lord that all the offspring of Israel
Have vindication and glory.”