23 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed(A) me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”

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“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed(A) me to build(B) a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

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“Who has stirred(A) up one from the east,(B)
    calling him in righteousness(C) to his service[a]?(D)
He hands nations over to him
    and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dust(E) with his sword,
    to windblown chaff(F) with his bow.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 41:2 Or east, / whom victory meets at every step

“I, the Lord, have called(A) you in righteousness;(B)
    I will take hold of your hand.(C)
I will keep(D) you and will make you
    to be a covenant(E) for the people
    and a light(F) for the Gentiles,(G)

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I will give you hidden treasures,(A)
    riches stored in secret places,(B)
so that you may know(C) that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.(D)

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11 From the east I summon(A) a bird of prey;(B)
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned,(C) that I will do.(D)

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15 I, even I, have spoken;
    yes, I have called(A) him.
I will bring him,
    and he will succeed(B) in his mission.

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