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Isaiah 45 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subjugate nations before him, and I uncovera [the] loins of kings to open doors before him, and [the] gates shall not be shut: 2 "I myself will go before you, and I will level [the] {mountains}.b I will break [the] doors of bronze and cut through[the] bars of iron. 3 And I will give you [the] treasures of darkness and treasures of secret places so that you may know that I [am] Yahweh, the one who calls [you] by your name, the God of Israel, 4 for the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen one. And I call you by your name; I give you a name of honor, thoughc you do not know me. 5 I [am] Yahweh, and there is none besides [me]; besides me there is no god. I gird you thoughd you do not know me, 6 so that they may know from [the] rising of [the] sun and from [the] west that [there is] none besides me; I [am] Yahweh and there is none besides [me]. 7 [I] form light and [I] create darkness; [I] make peace and [I] create evil; I [am] Yahweh; [I] do all these [things]. 8 Trickle, O heavens, from above, and let clouds trickle [with] righteousness; let [the] earth open so thate salvation may be fruitful, and let it cause righteousness to sprout along with it.f I myself, Yahweh, have created it. 9 Woe [to the] one who strives with his {maker},g a potsherd amongh potsherds of earth! Does [the] clay say to the one who fashions it, 'What are you making?' and 'Your work has no hands'? 10 Woe [to the] one who says to a father, 'What you are begetting?' ori to a woman, '[With] what are you in labor?'" 11 Thus says Yahweh, the holy one of Israel, and its {maker}:j "Ask me of the things to come {about}k my children, and you command me about the work of my hands. 12 I myself made [the] earth, and I created humankind upon it. I, my hands, stretched out [the] heavens, and I commanded all their host. 13 I myself have stirred him up in righteousness, and I will make all his paths smooth. He himself shall build my city, and he shall set my exiles free, not for price or a gift," says Yahweh of hosts.

Yahweh the Only Savior

14 Thus says Yahweh: "The acquisition of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush and the Sabeans, tall men, shall pass over to you; they shall be yours, and they shall walk behind you. They shall pass over in chains, and they shall bow down to you; they will pray to you: 'Surely God [is] with you, and there is no [other]. Besides [him] [there is] no God.'" 15 Surely you [are] a God who keeps yourself hidden, God of Israel, [the] savior. 16 All of them are ashamed and indeed humiliated; [the] craftsmen of idols go together in insult. 17 Israel is saved by Yahweh [with] everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed, and you shall not be humiliated {to all eternity}.l 18 For thus says Yahweh, {who created}m the heavens, he [is] God, {who formed}n the earth and {who made}o it. He himself established it; he did not create it [as] emptiness-- he formed it for inhabiting. "I [am] Yahweh and there is none besides [me]. 19 I have spoken not in secrecy, in a place, a land, of darkness, I have not said to the descendants of Jacob, 'Seek me {in vain}!'p I, Yahweh, [am] speaking righteousness, declaring uprightness. 20 Assemble and come; draw near together, survivors of the nations! They do not know, those who carry {their wooden idols}q and pray to a god who cannot save. 21 Declare and present [your case], also let them consult together! Who {made this known}r from {former times},s declared it from {of old}?t [Was it] not I, Yahweh? And there is no [other] god besides [me], a righteous God besides me, and no savior besides me. 22 Turn to me and be saved, all [the] ends of [the] earth, for I [am] God and there is none besides [me]. 23 I have sworn by myself; a word thatu shall not return has gone forth from my mouth [in] righteousness: 'Every knee shall kneel down to me; every tongue shall swear.' 24 'Only in Yahweh,' one shall say to me, '[are] righteousness and strength.' He shall come to him, and all those who were angry with him shall be ashamed. 25 In Yahweh all the offspring of Israel shall be in the right, and they shall boast."
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