1 "Cyrus is my anointed king. 1 I take hold of his right hand. 1 I give him the power 1 to bring nations under his control. 1 I help him strip kings of their power 1 to go to war against him. 1 I break city gates open so he can go through them. 1 I say to him,
3 I will give you treasures that are hidden away in dark places. 3 I will give you riches that are stored up in secret places. 3 Then you will know that I am the Lord. 3 I am the God of Israel. 3 I am sending for you by name.
4 Cyrus, I am sending for you by name. 4 I am doing it for the good of the family of Jacob. 4 They are my servants. 4 I am doing it for Israel. 4 They are my chosen people. 4 You do not know anything about me. 4 But I am giving you a title of honor.
8 " 'Rain down godliness, you heavens above. 8 Let the clouds shower it down. 8 Let the earth open wide to receive it. 8 Let freedom spring to life. 8 Let godliness grow along with it. 8 I have created all of those things. 8 I am the Lord.' "
9 How terrible it will be for those who argue with the One who made them! 9 They are like broken pieces of pottery lying on the ground. 9 Does clay say to a potter, 9 "What are you making?" 9 Does a pot say, 9 "You don't have any skill"?
11 The Lord is the Holy One of Israel. 11 He made them. 11 He says to them, 11 "Are you asking me about what will happen to my children? 11 Are you telling me what I should do with what my hands have made?
13 I will stir up Cyrus and help him win his battles. 13 I will make all of his roads straight. 13 He will rebuild Jerusalem. 13 My people have been taken away from their country. 13 But he will set them free. 13 I will not pay him to do it. 13 He will not receive a reward for it," 13 says the Lord who rules over all.
14 The Lord says to the people of Jerusalem, 14 "You will get everything Egypt produces. 14 You will receive everything the people of Cush 14 and the tall Sabeans get in trade. 14 All of it will belong to you. 14 And all of those people will walk behind you as slaves. 14 They will be put in chains and come over to you. 14 They will bow down to you. 14 They will admit, 14 'God is with you. 14 There is no other God.' "
18 The Lord created the heavens. 18 He is God. 18 He formed the earth and made it. 18 He set it firmly in place. 18 He didn't create it to be empty. 18 Instead, he formed it for people to live on. 18 He says, "I am the Lord. 18 There is no other Lord.
19 I have not spoken in secret. 19 I have not spoken from a dark place. 19 I have not said to Jacob's people, 19 'It is useless to look for me.' 19 I am the Lord. I always speak the truth. 19 I always say what is right.
20 "Come together, you people of the nations 20 who escaped from Babylonia. 20 Gather together and come into court. 20 Only people who do not know anything 20 would carry around gods that are made out of wood. 20 They pray to gods that can't save them.
21 Tell me what will happen. State your case. 21 Talk it over together. 21 Who spoke long ago about what would happen? 21 Who said it a long time ago? 21 I did. I am the Lord. 21 I am the one and only God. 21 I always do what is right. 21 I am the one who saves. 21 There is no God but me.
23 I have made a promise with an oath in my own name. 23 I have spoken with complete honesty. 23 I will not take back a single word. I said, 23 'Everyone's knee will bow down to me. 23 Everyone's mouth will take an oath in my name.'
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