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Isaiah 45 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom I have grasped by the strong hand, to conquer nations before him, disarming kings, and opening doors before him, so no gates will be shut: 1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
2 I myself will go before you, and I will level mountains. I will shatter bronze doors; I will cut through iron bars. 2 I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
3 I will give you hidden treasures of secret riches, so you will know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by name. 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob and Israel my chosen, I called you by name. I gave you an honored title, though you didn't know me. 4 For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me there is no God. I strengthen you— though you don't know me— 5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so all will know, from the rising of the sun to its setting, that there is nothing apart from me. I am the LORD; there's no other. 6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness, make prosperity and create doom; I am the LORD, who does all these things. 7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
8 Pour down, you heavens above, and let the clouds flow with righteousness. Let the earth open for salvation to bear fruit; let righteousness sprout as well. I, the LORD, have created these things. 8 "You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.
9 Doom to the one who argues with the potter, as if he were just another clay pot! Does the clay say to the potter, "What are you making?" or "Your work has no handles"? 9 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?
10 Doom to one who says to a father, "What have you fathered?" and to a woman, "With what are you in labor?" 10 Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?'
11 The LORD, the holy one of Israel and its maker, says: Are you questioning me about my own children? Are you telling me what to do with the work of my hands? 11 "This is what the LORD says-- the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 I myself made the earth, and created humans upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens. I commanded all their forces. 12 It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.
13 I have a right to awaken Cyrus; I will smooth all his paths. He will build my city and set my exiles free, not for a price and not for a bribe, says the LORD of heavenly forces. 13 I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty."
14 The LORD says: Egypt will grow weary, Cush will be sold, and the tall Sabeans will cross over to you. They will be yours, and after you they will go. In chains they will come; to you they will bow down. They will plead with you: "Truly God is with you; there's no other, no other God." 14 This is what the LORD says: "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans-- they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, 'Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.' "
15 Surely you are a god who hides himself, Israel's God and savior. 15 Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God and Savior of Israel.
16 They will all be shamed and disgraced; the makers of idols will end up disgraced together. 16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced; they will go off into disgrace together.
17 Israel has been saved by the LORD of everlasting salvation. You won't be shamed, and you won't be disgraced forever and always. 17 But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting.
18 For this is what the LORD said, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who didn't create it a wasteland but formed it as a habitation: I, the LORD, and none other! 18 For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other.
19 I didn't speak in secret or in some land of darkness; I didn't say to the offspring of Jacob, "Seek me in chaos." I am the LORD, the one who speaks truth, who announces what is correct. 19 I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.
20 Gather and come, draw near together, fugitives of the nations! Those who carry their wooden idols don't know; those who pray to a god who won't save. 20 "Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.
21 Announce! Approach! Confer together! Who proclaimed this from the beginning, announced it from long ago? Wasn't it I, the LORD? There's no other God except me, a righteous God and a savior; there's none besides me! 21 Declare what is to be, present it-- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.
22 Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth, for I am God, and there's no other. 22 "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
23 I have sworn a solemn pledge; a word has left my mouth; it is reliable and won't fail. Surely every knee will bow and every tongue will confess; 23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
24 they will say, "Righteousness and strength come only from the LORD. All who are angry with him will come to shame. 24 They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.' " All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.
25 All the Israelites will be victorious and rejoice." 25 But in the LORD all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exult.