God Uses Cyrus

45 Thus says the Lord to (A)Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right (B)hand,
To (C)subdue nations before him
And [a]to (D)loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you and (E)make the [b]rough places smooth;
I will (F)shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron (G)bars.
“I will give you the [c](H)treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who (I)calls you by your name.
“For the sake of (J)Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also (K)called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have (L)not known Me.
“I am the Lord, and (M)there is no other;
(N)Besides Me there is no God.
I will [d](O)gird you, though you have not known Me;
That [e](P)men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is (Q)no one besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
The One (R)forming light and (S)creating darkness,
Causing [f]well-being and (T)creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these.

God’s Supreme Power

(U)Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the (V)earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
(W)And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to the one who (X)quarrels with his [g]Maker—
An earthenware vessel [h]among the vessels of earth!
Will the (Y)clay say to the [i]potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
10 “Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to a woman, ‘To what are you [j]giving birth?’”

11 Thus says the (Z)Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his [k](AA)Maker:

[l](AB)Ask Me about the things to come [m]concerning My (AC)sons,
And you shall commit to Me (AD)the work of My hands.
12 “It is I who (AE)made the earth, and created man upon it.
I (AF)stretched out the heavens with My hands
And I [n]ordained (AG)all their host.
13 “I have aroused him in (AH)righteousness
And I will (AI)make all his ways smooth;
He will (AJ)build My city and will let My exiles go (AK)free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.

14 Thus says the Lord,

“The [o]products of (AL)Egypt and the merchandise of [p](AM)Cush
And the Sabeans, men of stature,
Will (AN)come over to you and will be yours;
They will walk behind you, they will come over in (AO)chains
And will (AP)bow down to you;
They will make supplication to you:
[q]Surely, (AQ)God is [r]with you, and (AR)there is none else,
No other God.’”
15 Truly, You are a God who (AS)hides Himself,
O God of Israel, (AT)Savior!
16 They will be (AU)put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The (AV)manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17 Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an (AW)everlasting salvation;
You (AX)will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.

18 For thus says the Lord, who (AY)created the heavens (He is the God who (AZ)formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it [s]a (BA)waste place, but formed it to be (BB)inhabited),

“I am the Lord, and (BC)there is none else.
19 (BD)I have not spoken in secret,
In [t]some dark land;
I did not say to the [u](BE)offspring of Jacob,
(BF)Seek Me in [v]a waste place’;
I, the Lord, (BG)speak righteousness,
(BH)Declaring things that are upright.

20 (BI)Gather yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
(BJ)They have no knowledge,
Who (BK)carry about [w]their wooden idol
And (BL)pray to a god who cannot save.
21 (BM)Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
(BN)Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord?
And there is (BO)no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a (BP)Savior;
There is none except Me.
22 (BQ)Turn to Me and (BR)be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 (BS)I have sworn by Myself,
The (BT)word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me (BU)every knee will bow, every tongue will (BV)swear allegiance.
24 “They will say of Me, ‘Only (BW)in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’
Men will come to Him,
And (BX)all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25 “In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
Will be (BY)justified and will (BZ)glory.”


  1. Isaiah 45:1 Lit I will loose
  2. Isaiah 45:2 Another reading is mountains
  3. Isaiah 45:3 Or hoarded treasures
  4. Isaiah 45:5 Or arm
  5. Isaiah 45:6 Lit they
  6. Isaiah 45:7 Or peace
  7. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  8. Isaiah 45:9 Lit with
  9. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  10. Isaiah 45:10 Lit in labor pains with
  11. Isaiah 45:11 Lit Fashioner
  12. Isaiah 45:11 Or Will you ask
  13. Isaiah 45:11 Or upon
  14. Isaiah 45:12 Or commanded
  15. Isaiah 45:14 Lit labor
  16. Isaiah 45:14 Or Ethiopia
  17. Isaiah 45:14 Or God is with you alone
  18. Isaiah 45:14 Or in
  19. Isaiah 45:18 Or in vain
  20. Isaiah 45:19 Lit a place of a land of darkness
  21. Isaiah 45:19 Lit seed
  22. Isaiah 45:19 Or vain
  23. Isaiah 45:20 Lit the wood of their graven image