Isaiah 45:1

Overview - Isaiah 45
God calls Cyrus for his church's sake.
By his omnipotency he challenges obedience.
20 He convinces the idols of vanity by his saving power.
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Isaiah 45:1  (King James Version)
Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

to his
13:3 44:28 1 Kings 19:15 ; Jeremiah 27:6

41:13 42:6 Psalms 73:23

or, strengthened.
Ezekiel 30:21-24

to subdue
Isaiah 41:2 Isaiah 41:25 Ezra 1:1 ; Jeremiah 50:3 Jeremiah 50:35 ; Jeremiah 51:11 Jeremiah 51:20-24 Daniel 5:6 Daniel 5:28-30 ; 7:5 8:3

to open
All the streets of Babylon, leading on each side to the river, were secured by two leaved brazen gates, and these were providentially left open when Cyrus's forces entered the city in the night, through the channel of the river, in the general disorder occasioned by the great feast which was then celebrated; otherwise, says Herodotus, the Persians would have been shut up in the bed of the river, as in a net, and all destroyed. The gates of the palace were also imprudently opened to ascertain the occasion of the tumult; when the two parties under Gobrias and Gadatas rushed in, got possession of the palace, and slew the king.
Nahum 2:6