12 My feet stand on level ground;(A)
    in the great congregation(B) I will praise the Lord.

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The path of the righteous is level;(A)
    you, the Upright One,(B) make the way of the righteous smooth.(C)

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I will go before you(A)
    and will level(B) the mountains[a];
I will break down gates(C) of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:2 Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.

13 I will raise up Cyrus[a](A) in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.(B)
He will rebuild my city(C)
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(D)
    says the Lord Almighty.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him

They will come with weeping;(A)
    they will pray as I bring them back.
I will lead(B) them beside streams of water(C)
    on a level(D) path where they will not stumble,
because I am Israel’s father,(E)
    and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

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