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Cyrus Obeys the Lord’s Commands

45 The Lord said to Cyrus, his chosen one:

I have taken hold
    of your right hand
to help you capture nations
    and remove kings from power.
City gates will open for you;
    not one will stay closed.

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Cyrus, you don’t even know me!
But I have called you by name
    and highly honored you[a]
because of Israel,
    my chosen servant.

Only I am the Lord!
    There are no other gods.
I have made you strong,
    though you don’t know me.
Now everyone from east to west
will learn that I am the Lord.
    No other gods are real.

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Footnotes

  1. 45.4 But. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.