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Cyrus, Anointed of the Lord, Agent of Israel’s Liberation

24 Thus says the Lord, your redeemer,
    who formed you from the womb:
I am the Lord, who made all things,
    who alone stretched out the heavens,
    I spread out the earth by myself.(A)
25 I bring to nought the omens of babblers,
    make fools of diviners,
Turn back the wise
    and make their knowledge foolish.
26 I confirm the words of my servant,
    carry out the plan my messengers announce.
I say to Jerusalem, Be inhabited!
    To the cities of Judah, Be rebuilt!
    I will raise up their ruins.

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