45 This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his appointed king:
“I hold your right hand. I will help you defeat nations. I will help you take other kings’ power away. I will open doors for you so city gates will not stop you. 2 I will go before you. And I will make the mountains flat. I will break down the bronze gates of the cities. I will cut through the iron bars on the gates. 3 I will give you the wealth that is stored away. And I will give you hidden riches. I will do this so you will know I am the Lord. I, the God of Israel, call you by name. 4 I do these things for my servants, the people of Jacob. I do these things for my chosen people, the Israelites. Cyrus, I call you by name. I give you a title of honor even though you don’t know me. 5 I am the Lord. There is no other God. I am the only God. I will make you strong even though you don’t know me. 6 I do these things so everyone will know there is no other God. From the east to the west they will know I alone am the Lord. 7 I made the light and the darkness. I bring peace, and I cause troubles. I, the Lord, do all these things.
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