25 “I have stirred up one from the north,(A) and he has come,
one from the east(B) who invokes my[a] name.(C)
He will march over rulers as if they were mud,
like a potter who treads the clay.

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  1. 41:25 DSS read his

25 “I have stirred(A) up one from the north,(B) and he comes—
    one from the rising sun who calls on my name.
He treads(C) on rulers as if they were mortar,
    as if he were a potter treading the clay.

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45 The Lord says this to Cyrus, his anointed,(A)
whose right hand I have grasped(B)
to subdue nations before him
and disarm[a] kings,(C)
to open doors before him,
and even city gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you
and level the uneven places;[b](D)
I will shatter the bronze doors
and cut the iron bars in two.(E)
I will give you the treasures of darkness
and riches from secret places,(F)
so that you may know that I am the Lord.
I am the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.(G)

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  1. 45:1 Lit unloosen the waist of
  2. 45:2 DSS, LXX read the mountains

45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,(A)
    to Cyrus,(B) whose right hand I take hold(C) of
to subdue nations(D) before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you(E)
    and will level(F) the mountains[a];
I will break down gates(G) of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.(H)
I will give you hidden treasures,(I)
    riches stored in secret places,(J)
so that you may know(K) that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.(L)

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  1. Isaiah 45:2 Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.

11 I call a bird of prey[a] from the east,(A)
a man for my purpose from a far country.
Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about.(B)
I have planned it; I will also do it.

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  1. 46:11 = Cyrus

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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The Sixth Bowl

12 The sixth[a] poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,(A) and its water was dried up(B) to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

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  1. 16:12 Other mss add angel

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,(A) and its water was dried up to prepare the way(B) for the kings from the East.(C)

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