1 The Lord says this to Cyrus, His anointed, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him, to unloose the loinsa of kings, to open the doors before him and the gates will not be shut:
References for Isaiah 45:1
    • a 45:1 - To gird the loins is to prepare for battle (2 Sm 20:8), so to unloose them is to surrender.
      2 "I will go before you and level the uneven places;b I will shatter the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two.
      References for Isaiah 45:2
        • b 45:2 - DSS, LXX read the mountains
          3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches from secret places, so that you may know that I, the Lord, the God of Israel call you by your name.
          4 I call you by your name, because of Jacob My servant and Israel My chosen one. I give a name to you, though you do not know Me.
          5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God but Me. I will strengthenc you, though you do not know Me,
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              6 so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is no one but Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.
              7 I form light and create darkness, I make success and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.
              8 "Heavens, sprinkle from above, and let the skies shower righteousness. Let the earth open up that salvation sprout and righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord, have created it.
              9 "Woe to the one who argues with his Maker- one clay pot among many.d Does clay say to the one forming it: What are you making? Or does your work [say]: He has no hands?e
              References for Isaiah 45:9
                • d 45:9 - Lit a clay pot with clay pots of the ground
                • e 45:9 - Or . . . making? Your work has no hands (or handles).
                  10 How absurd is the one who says to [his] father: What are you fathering? or to [his] mother: What are you giving birth to?"
                  11 This is what the Lord, the Holy One of Israel and its Maker, says: "Ask Me what is to happen tof My sons, and instruct Me about the work of My hands.
                  References for Isaiah 45:11
                    • f 45:11 - Or Me the coming things about
                      12 I made the earth, and created man on it. It was My hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
                      13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and will level all roads for him. He will rebuild My city, and set My exiles free, not for a price or a bribe," says the Lord of Hosts.

                      God Alone is the Savior

                      14 This is what the Lord says: The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush and the Sabeans, men of stature, will come over to you and will be yours; they will follow you, they will come over in chains; and bow down to you. They will confessg to you: God is indeed with you, and there is no other; there is no other God.
                      References for Isaiah 45:14
                          15 Yes, You are a God who hides Himself, God of Israel, Savior.
                          16 All of them are put to shame, even humiliated; the makers of idols go in humiliation together.
                          17 Israel will be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you will not be put to shame or humiliated for all eternity.
                          18 For this is what the Lord says- God is the Creator of the heavens. He formed the earth and made it; He established it; He did not create it to be empty, [but] formed it to be inhabited- "I am the Lord, and there is no other.
                          19 I have not spoken in secret, somewhere in a land of darkness. I did not say to the descendants of Jacob: Seek Me in a wasteland. I, the Lord, speak truthfully; I say what is right.
                          20 "Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.
                          21 Speak up and present [your case]hi- yes, let them take counsel together. Who predicted this long ago? Who announced it from ancient times? Was it not I, the Lord? There is no other God but Me, a righteous God and Savior; there is no one except Me.
                          References for Isaiah 45:21
                            • h 45:21 - Lit and approach
                            • i 45:21 - Isa 41:21-22
                              22 Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other.
                              23 By Myself I have sworn;j Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance.
                              References for Isaiah 45:23
                                • j 45:23 - God takes an oath based on His own character.
                                  24 It will be said to Me: Only in the Lord is righteousness and strength." All who are incensed against Him will come to Him and be put to shame.k
                                  References for Isaiah 45:24
                                      25 All the descendants of Israel will be justified and find glory through the Lord.