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. 2 As I lead you, I will level mountains[a] and break the iron bars on bronze gates of cities.
3 I will give you treasures hidden in dark and secret places. Then you will know that I, the Lord God of Israel, have called you by name. 4 Cyrus, you don’t even know me! But I have called you by name and highly honored you[b] because of Israel, my chosen servant.
5 Only I am the Lord! There are no other gods. I have made you strong, though you don’t know me. 6 Now everyone from east to west will learn that I am the Lord. No other gods are real. 7 I create light and darkness, happiness and sorrow. I, the Lord, do all of this.
45.2mountains: The Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation; the Standard Hebrew Text “rising waves.”
45.4But. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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