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Isaiah 45 New Century Version (NCV)

God Chooses Cyrus to Free Israel

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

“Sky above, make victory fall like rain;
    clouds, pour down victory.
Let the earth receive it,
    and let salvation grow,
and let victory grow with it.
    I, the Lord, have created it.

“How terrible it will be for those who argue with the God who made them.
    They are like a piece of broken pottery among many pieces.
The clay does not ask the potter,
    ‘What are you doing?’
The thing that is made doesn’t say to its maker,
    ‘You have no hands.’
10 How terrible it will be for the child who says to his father,
    ‘Why are you giving me life?’
How terrible it will be for the child who says to his mother,
    ‘Why are you giving birth to me?’”

11 This is what the Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker, says:
“You ask me about what will happen.
    You question me about my children.
    You give me orders about what I have made.
12 I made the earth
    and all the people living on it.
With my own hands I stretched out the skies,
    and I commanded all the armies in the sky.
13 I will bring Cyrus to do good things,
    and I will make his work easy.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my people free
without any payment or reward.
    The Lord All-Powerful says this.”

14 The Lord says,
“The goods made in Egypt and Cush
    and the tall people of Seba
will come to you
    and will become yours.
The Sabeans will walk behind you,
    coming along in chains.
They will bow down before you
    and pray to you, saying,
‘God is with you,
    and there is no other God.’”

15 God and Savior of Israel,
    you are a God that people cannot see.
16 All the people who make idols will be put to great shame;
    they will go off together in disgrace.
17 But Israel will be saved by the Lord,
    and that salvation will continue forever.
    Never again will Israel be put to shame.

18 The Lord created the heavens.
    He is the God who formed the earth and made it.
He did not want it to be empty,
    but he wanted life on the earth.
This is what the Lord says:
    “I am the Lord. There is no other God.
19 I did not speak in secret
    or hide my words in some dark place.
I did not tell the family of Jacob
    to look for me in empty places.
I am the Lord, and I speak the truth;
    I say what is right.

20 “You people who have escaped from other nations,
    gather together and come before me;
    come near together.
People who carry idols of wood don’t know what they are doing.
    They pray to a god who cannot save them.
21 Tell these people to come to me.
    Let them talk about these things together.
Who told you long ago that this would happen?
    Who told about it long ago?
I, the Lord, said these things.
    There is no other God besides me.
I am the only good God. I am the Savior.
    There is no other God.

22 “All people everywhere,
    follow me and be saved.
    I am God. There is no other God.
23 I will make a promise by my own power,
    and my promise is true;
    what I say will not be changed.
I promise that everyone will bow before me
    and will promise to follow me.
24 People will say about me, ‘Goodness and power
    come only from the Lord.’”
Everyone who has been angry with him
    will come to him and be ashamed.
25 But with the Lord’s help, the people of Israel
    will be found to be good,
    and they will praise him.

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Isaiah 45 New International Version (NIV)

45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
    and will level the mountains[a];
I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
    let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?
10 Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’

11 “This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 It is I who made the earth
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
    I marshaled their starry hosts.
13 I will raise up Cyrus[b] in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

14 This is what the Lord says:

“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[c]
    and those tall Sabeans
they will come over to you
    and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you,
    coming over to you in chains.
They will bow down before you
    and plead with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other;
    there is no other god.’”

15 Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,
    the God and Savior of Israel.
16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;
    they will go off into disgrace together.
17 But Israel will be saved by the Lord
    with an everlasting salvation;
you will never be put to shame or disgraced,
    to ages everlasting.

18 For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
    but formed it to be inhabited
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.

20 “Gather together and come;
    assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
    who pray to gods that cannot save.
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
23 By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance and strength.’”
All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.
25 But all the descendants of Israel
    will find deliverance in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 45:2 Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him
  3. Isaiah 45:14 That is, the upper Nile region
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