25 “I have stirred(A) up one from the north,(B) and he comes—
    one from the rising sun who calls on my name.
He treads(C) on rulers as if they were mortar,
    as if he were a potter treading the clay.

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Listen, a noise on the mountains,
    like that of a great multitude!(A)
Listen, an uproar(B) among the kingdoms,
    like nations massing together!
The Lord Almighty(C) is mustering(D)
    an army for war.

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17 See, I will stir up(A) against them the Medes,(B)
    who do not care for silver
    and have no delight in gold.(C)

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28 who says of Cyrus,(A) ‘He is my shepherd
    and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem,(B) “Let it be rebuilt,”
    and of the temple,(C) “Let its foundations(D) be laid.”’

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45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,(A)
    to Cyrus,(B) whose right hand I take hold(C) of
to subdue nations(D) before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:

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13 I will raise up Cyrus[a](A) in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.(B)
He will rebuild my city(C)
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(D)
    says the Lord Almighty.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him

14 “Come together,(A) all of you, and listen:
    Which of the idols has foretold(B) these things?
The Lord’s chosen ally(C)
    will carry out his purpose(D) against Babylon;(E)
    his arm will be against the Babylonians.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 48:14 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 20

A nation from the north(A) will attack her
    and lay waste her land.
No one will live(B) in it;
    both people and animals(C) will flee away.

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11 “Sharpen the arrows,(A)
    take up the shields!(B)
The Lord has stirred up the kings(C) of the Medes,(D)
    because his purpose(E) is to destroy Babylon.
The Lord will take vengeance,(F)
    vengeance for his temple.(G)

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