The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 45

Cyrus will free the captives of Israel from Babylon—Come unto Jehovah (Christ) and be saved—To Him every knee will bow and every tongue will take an oath.

 Thus saith the Lord to his aanointed, to bCyrus, whose right hand I have cholden, to dsubdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the etwo leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

 I will go before thee, and make the acrooked places straight: I will bbreak in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

 And I will give thee the atreasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy bname, am the cGod of Israel.

 For Jacob my aservant’s sake, and Israel mine belect, I have even ccalled thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

 aI am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

 That they may know from the arising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

 I form the alight, and create darkness: I make peace, and create bevil: I the Lord do all these things.

 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down arighteousness: let the earth open, and let bthem bring forth csalvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.

 Woe unto him that astriveth with his bMaker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the cclay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

 10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to athe woman, What hast thou brought forth?

 11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my asons, and concerning the bwork of my hands ccommand ye me.

 12 I have amade the earth, and bcreated man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their chost have I commanded.

 13 I have raised ahim up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall bbuild my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for cprice nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.

 14 Thus saith the Lord, The labour of aEgypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come bafter thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is cnone else, there is no God.

 15 Verily thou art a God that ahidest thyself, O God of Israel, the bSaviour.

 16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of aidols.

 17 But Israel shall be asaved in the bLord with an everlasting csalvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

 18 For thus saith the Lord that acreated the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be binhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

 19 I have not spoken in asecret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak brighteousness, I declare things that are cright.

 20 ¶Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are aescaped of the bnations: they have no cknowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and dpray unto a god that cannot save.

 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a ajust God and a bSaviour; there is none beside me.

 22 aLook unto me, and be ye bsaved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every aknee shall bow, every tongue shall bswear.

 24 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and astrength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

 25 In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be ajustified, and shall glory.