I am the Lord, and there is no other;(A)
    apart from me there is no God.(B)
I will strengthen you,(C)
    though you have not acknowledged me,

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18 For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,(A)
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,(B)
    but formed it to be inhabited(C)
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.(D)

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13 You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend(A) to the heavens;
I will raise my throne(B)
    above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,(C)
    on the utmost heights(D) of Mount Zaphon.[a]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;(E)
    I will make myself like the Most High.”(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:13 Or of the north; Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.

“Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
    lounging in your security(A)
and saying to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.(B)
I will never be a widow(C)
    or suffer the loss of children.’

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10 You have trusted(A) in your wickedness
    and have said, ‘No one sees me.’(B)
Your wisdom(C) and knowledge mislead(D) you
    when you say to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’

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15 This is the city of revelry(A)
    that lived in safety.(B)
She said to herself,
    “I am the one! And there is none besides me.”(C)
What a ruin she has become,
    a lair for wild beasts!(D)
All who pass by her scoff(E)
    and shake their fists.(F)

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