45 Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed, Whom I have taken by the right hand, To subdue nations before him And [a]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 [b]rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. 3 “I will give you the [c]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 [d]gird you, though you have not known Me; 6 That [e]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 [f]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 [g]Maker— An earthenware vessel [h]among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the [i]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 [j]giving birth?’”
11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his [k]Maker:
“[l]Ask Me about the things to come [m]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 [n]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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