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1This is what Yahweh says to his anointed, to Cyrus whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their armor, to open the doors before him and the gates will not be shut:
  2“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth. I will break the doors of bronze in pieces and cut apart the bars of iron.
  3I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places so that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, even the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
  4For the sake of Jacob my servant and Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name. I have given you a title of honor, though you have not known me.
  5I am Yahweh, and there is none else. Besides me, there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not known me,
  6so that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is none besides me. I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
  7I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil. I am Yahweh who does all these things.
  8Distil, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth open, that it may bring forth salvation, and let it cause righteousness to spring up with it. I, Yahweh, have created it.
  9Woe to him who strives with his Maker— a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or “ 'Your work has no handles.'
  10Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What have you become the father of?’ or to a mother, ‘To what have you given birth?’”
  11This is what Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel and his Maker, says: “You ask me about the things that are to come concerning my sons, and you command me concerning the work of my hands!
  12I have made the earth and created humankind on it. I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and I have commanded all their army.
  13I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will make straight all his ways. He will build my city, and he will let my exiles go free, but not for a price or reward,” says Yahweh of Armies.

14This is what Yahweh says: “The labor of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia, and the Sabeans, men of stature, will come over to you, and they will be yours. They will follow after you. They will come over in chains, and they will bow down to you. They will make supplication to you: ‘Surely God is in you, and there is none else. There is no other god.
  15Most certainly you are a God who has hidden yourself, God of Israel, the Savior.’”
  16They will be disappointed, yes, confounded, all of them. Those who are makers of idols will go into confusion together.
  17Israel will be saved by Yahweh with an everlasting salvation. You will not be disappointed nor confounded to ages everlasting.
  18For this is what Yahweh says, who created the heavens, the God who formed the earth and made it, who established it and did not create it a waste, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
  19I have not spoken in secret, in a place of the land of darkness. I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, Yahweh, speak righteousness. I declare things that are right.
  20Assemble yourselves and come. Draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, those people who carry the wood of their carved image and pray to a god that cannot save.
  21Declare and set forth your case. Yes, let them take counsel together! Who has announced this from ancient time? Who has declared it of old? Was it not I, Yahweh? There is no other god besides me, a righteous God and Savior; there is none besides me.
  22Look to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is no other.
  23I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness and will not return, that to me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear.
  24They will say of me, ‘Only in Yahweh is there righteousness and strength. To him will come and be put to shame all those who had raged against him.’
  25In Yahweh all the seed of Israel will be justified, and will glory.”

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