Isaiah 44:24-45:13New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth [a]all alone, 25 Causing the [b]omens of boasters to fail, [c]Making fools out of diviners, Causing wise men to draw back And [d]turning their knowledge into foolishness, 26 Confirming the word of His servant And [e]performing the purpose of His messengers. It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’ And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’ And I will raise up her ruins again. 27 “It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’ And I will make your rivers dry. 28 “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd! And he will perform all My desire.’ And [f]he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ And of the temple, ‘[g]Your foundation will be laid.’”
God Uses Cyrus
45 Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed, Whom I have taken by the right hand, To subdue nations before him And [h]to loose the loins of kings; To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: 2 “I will go before you and make the [i]rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. 3 “I will give you the [j]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 calls you by your name. 4 “For the sake of Jacob My servant, And Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor Though you have not known Me. 5 “I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will [k]gird you, though you have not known Me; 6 That [l]men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, 7 The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing [m]well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.
God’s Supreme Power
8 “Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord, have created it.
9 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his [n]Maker— An earthenware vessel [o]among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the [p]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 begetting?’ Or to a woman, ‘To what are you [q]giving birth?’”
11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his [r]Maker:
“[s]Ask Me about the things to come [t]concerning My sons, And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands. 12 “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I [u]ordained all their host. 13 “I have aroused him in righteousness And I will make all his ways smooth; He will build My city and will let My exiles go free, Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.
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