Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden , to subduenationsbefore him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to openbefore him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut ;
I will gobefore thee, and make the crooked placesstraight : I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:3
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.4
For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no Godbeside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is nonebeside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
I form the light, and createdarkness: I makepeace, and createevil: I the LORDdo all these things.
Drop down , ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour downrighteousness: let the earthopen , and let them bring forthsalvation, and let righteousness spring uptogether; I the LORD have created it.
9Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker ! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the claysay to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?10Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth ?
Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker , Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my handscommand ye me.
I have made the earth, and createdman upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded .
I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will directa all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward,saith the LORD of hosts.14
Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans,men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall comeafter thee; in chains they shall come over , and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is noGod.15Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour .
They shall be ashamed , and also confounded , all of them: they shall go to confusiontogether that are makers of idols.17
But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlastingsalvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confoundedworld without end.18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens;God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited : I am the LORD; and there is none else.
I have not spoken in secret, in a darkplace of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob,Seek ye me in vain: I the LORDspeakrighteousness, I declare things that are right.20Assemble yourselves and come ; draw neartogether, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save .
21Tell ye, and bring them near ; yea, let them take counseltogether: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a justGod and a Saviour ; there is nonebeside me.
22Look unto me, and be ye saved , all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return , That unto me every knee shall bow , every tongue shall swear .
Surely, shall one say ,b in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come ; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed .
In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified , and shall glory .