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12 I have made the earth and created man upon it. With my hands I have stretched out the heavens and commanded all the vast myriads of stars. 13 I have raised up Cyrus[a] to fulfill my righteous purpose, and I will direct all his paths. He shall restore my city and free my captive people—and not for a reward!

14 Jehovah says: The Egyptians, Ethiopians, and Sabeans shall be subject to you. They shall come to you with all their merchandise, and it shall all be yours. They shall follow you as prisoners in chains and fall down on their knees before you and say, “The only God there is, is your God!”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:13 I have raised up Cyrus, literally, “I have raised up him.” The reference probably is also to Christ in the more distant future, as well as to Cyrus.

12 It is I who made the earth(A)
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;(B)
    I marshaled their starry hosts.(C)
13 I will raise up Cyrus[a](D) in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.(E)
He will rebuild my city(F)
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(G)
    says the Lord Almighty.”

14 This is what the Lord says:

“The products(H) of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[b]
    and those tall Sabeans(I)
they will come over to you(J)
    and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you,(K)
    coming over to you in chains.(L)
They will bow down before you
    and plead(M) with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you,(N) and there is no other;
    there is no other god.(O)’”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him
  2. Isaiah 45:14 That is, the upper Nile region

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