24 This is what the Lord says, He who is your (A)Redeemer, and the one who (B)formed you from the womb:

“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,
(C)Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth [a]alone,
25 (D)Causing the [b]omens of diviners to fail,
[c]Making fools of fortune-tellers;
(E)Causing wise men to turn back
And [d]making their knowledge ridiculous,
26 (F)Confirming the word of His servant
And [e]carrying out the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And of the (G)cities of Judah, ‘(H)They shall be built.’
And I will raise her ruins again.
27 I am the One who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Dry up!’
And I will make your rivers (I)dry up.
28 It is I who says of (J)Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,
And he will carry out all My desire.’
And [f]he says of Jerusalem, ‘(K)She will be built,’
And of the temple, ‘[g]Your foundation will be laid.’”

God Uses Cyrus

45 This is what the Lord says to (L)Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right (M)hand,
To (N)subdue nations before him
And [h]to (O)undo the weapons belt on the waist of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you and (P)make the [i]rough places smooth;
I will (Q)shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron (R)bars.
I will give you the [j](S)treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who (T)calls you by your name.
For the sake of (U)Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also (V)called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have (W)not known Me.
I am the Lord, and (X)there is no one else;
(Y)There is no God except Me.
I will (Z)[k]arm you, though you have not known Me,
So that (AA)people may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is (AB)no one besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no one else,
The One (AC)forming light and (AD)creating darkness,
Causing [l]well-being and (AE)creating disaster;
I am the Lord who does all these things.

God’s Supreme Power

(AF)Drip down, heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the (AG)earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
(AH)And righteousness sprout with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to the one who (AI)quarrels with [m]his Maker—
A piece of pottery [n]among the other earthenware pottery pieces!
Will the (AJ)clay say to the [o]potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
10 Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you fathering?’
Or to a woman, ‘To what are you [p]giving birth?’”

11 This is what the (AK)Lord says, the Holy One of Israel and [q]his (AL)Maker:

[r](AM)Ask Me about the things to come [s]concerning My (AN)sons,
And you shall commit to Me (AO)the work of My hands.
12 It is I who (AP)made the earth, and created mankind upon it.
I (AQ)stretched out the heavens with My hands,
And I [t]ordained (AR)all their [u]lights.
13 I have stirred him in (AS)righteousness,
And I will (AT)make all his ways smooth.
He will (AU)build My city and let My exiles go (AV)free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of armies.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 44:24 Or who was with Me?
  2. Isaiah 44:25 Lit signs
  3. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He makes
  4. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He turns
  5. Isaiah 44:26 Lit He performs
  6. Isaiah 44:28 Lit to say
  7. Isaiah 44:28 Lit You will be founded
  8. Isaiah 45:1 Lit I will loose
  9. Isaiah 45:2 Another reading is mountains
  10. Isaiah 45:3 Or hoarded treasures
  11. Isaiah 45:5 Or embrace
  12. Isaiah 45:7 Or peace
  13. Isaiah 45:9 Lit He who formed him
  14. Isaiah 45:9 Lit with
  15. Isaiah 45:9 Lit he who formed him
  16. Isaiah 45:10 Lit in labor pains with
  17. Isaiah 45:11 Lit He who formed him
  18. Isaiah 45:11 Or Will you ask
  19. Isaiah 45:11 Or upon
  20. Isaiah 45:12 Or commanded
  21. Isaiah 45:12 Lit host; i.e., sun, stars, etc.