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Isaiah 45 (Today's New International Version)

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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: 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 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 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. 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, 6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting18 people may know19 there is none besides me.20 I am the LORD, and there is no other. 7 I form the light and create darkness,21 I bring prosperity and create disaster;22 I, the LORD, do all these things. 8 "You heavens above, rain23 down my righteousness;24 let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation25 spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it. 9 "Woe to those who quarrel26 with their Maker,27 those who are nothing but potsherds28 among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter,29 'What are you making?'30 Does your work say, 'The potter has no hands'?31 10 Woe to those who say to their father, 'What have you begotten?' or to their 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 12 It is I who made the earth35 and created human beings on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens;36 I marshaled their starry hosts.37 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." 14 This is what the LORD says: "The products42 of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,c and those tall Sabeans43-- they will come over to you44 and will be yours; they will trudge behind you,45 coming over to you in chains.46 They will bow down before you and plead47 with you, saying, 'Surely God is with you,48 and there is no other; there is no other god.49' " 15 Truly you are a God who has been hiding50 himself, the God and Savior51 of Israel. 16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;52 they will go off into disgrace together. 17 But Israel will be saved53 by the LORD with an everlasting salvation;54 you will never be put to shame or disgraced,55 to ages everlasting. 18 For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth,56 he founded it; he did not create it to be empty,57 but formed it to be inhabited58-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other.59 19 I have not spoken in secret,60 from somewhere in a land of darkness;61 I have not said to Jacob's descendants,62 'Seek63 me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.64 20 "Gather together65 and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant66 are those who carry67 about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.68 21 Declare what is to be, present it-- let them take counsel together. Who foretold69 this long ago, who declared it from the distant past?70 Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me,71 a righteous God72 and a Savior;73 there is none but me. 22 "Turn74 to me and be saved,75 all you ends of the earth;76 for I am God, and there is no other.77 23 By myself I have sworn,78 my mouth has uttered in all integrity79 a word that will not be revoked:80 Before me every knee will bow;81 by me every tongue will swear.82 24 They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone are deliverance83 and strength.84' " All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.85 25 But all the descendants86 of Israel will find deliverance87 in the LORD and will make their boast in him.88
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