"This is what the LORD says to his anointed,1 to Cyrus,2 whose right hand I take hold3 of to subdue nations4 before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
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I will go before you5 and will level6 the mountains; I will break down gates7 of bronze and cut through bars of iron.8
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I will give you the treasures9 of darkness, riches stored in secret places,10 so that you may know11 that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.12
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For the sake of Jacob my servant,13 of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge14 me.
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I am the LORD, and there is no other;15 apart from me there is no God.16 I will strengthen you,17 though you have not acknowledged me,
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so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting18 men may know19 there is none besides me.20 I am the LORD, and there is no other.
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I form the light and create darkness,21 I bring prosperity and create disaster;22 I, the LORD, do all these things.
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"You heavens above, rain23 down righteousness;24 let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation25 spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.
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"Woe to him who quarrels26 with his Maker,27 to him who is but a potsherd28 among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter,29 'What are you making?'30 Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?31
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Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?'
"This is what the LORD says-- the Holy One32 of Israel, and its Maker:33 Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?34
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It is I who made the earth35 and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens;36 I marshaled their starry hosts.37
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I will raise up Cyrus38 in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight.39 He will rebuild my city40 and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward,41 says the LORD Almighty."
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