Isaiah 45:1-13 NIV

1 "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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2 I will go before you5 and will level6 the mountainsa; I will break down gates7 of bronze and cut through bars of iron.8

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    • a 45:2 - Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
      3 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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      4 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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      5 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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      6 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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      7 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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      8 "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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      9 "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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      10 Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?'
      11 "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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      12 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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      13 I will raise up Cyrusb38 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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