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12     It is I who made the very ground on which you stand,
        I who shaped the human beings who walk around on it.
    I pulled the sky and the heavens taut with My own hands,
        and organized the army of stars that march across the night sky.
13     So it was perfectly right for me to raise up Cyrus;
        I will make his road ahead straight and level,
    So that he will rebuild My chosen place, My city Jerusalem,
        and set My exiled people free
    Without exacting a price or seeking a bribe.

So says the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies.

14 Eternal One: I, the Eternal One, say to you things will change; the wealthy and strong
        of your world—Egyptians, Cushites, Sabeans—will come under your control.
    Their goods and services, their strongest warriors, will be yours,
        deferring to you, as they follow in chains, saying,
    “God is with you. There is no other God but yours.”

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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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