1 Thus says Yahweh 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 shall not be shut:
and make the rough places smooth.
I will break the doors of brass in pieces,
and cut apart the bars of iron.
and hidden riches of secret places,
that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, who call you by your name,
even the God of Israel.
and Israel my chosen,
I have called you by your name.
I have given you a title,
though you have not known me.
Besides me, there is no God.
I will strengthen* you,
though you have not known me;
and from the west,
that there is none besides me.
I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
and create darkness.
I make peace,
and create calamity.
I am Yahweh,
who does all these things.
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.
a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth!
Shall the clay ask him who fashions it, ‘What are you making?’
or your work, ‘He has no hands?’
or to a mother, ‘To what have you given birth?’”
and his Maker:
“You ask me about the things that are to come, concerning my sons,
and you command me concerning the work of my hands!
I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens;
and I have commanded all their army.
and I will make straight all his ways.
He shall build my city,
and he shall let my exiles go free,
not for price nor reward,” says Yahweh of Armies.
and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you,
and they shall be yours.
They will go after you.
They shall 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.
God of Israel, the Savior.’”
yes, confounded, all of them.
Those who are makers of idols will go into confusion together.
You will not be disappointed nor confounded to ages everlasting.
the God who formed the earth and made it,
who established it and didn’t create it a waste,
who formed it to be inhabited:
“I am Yahweh;
and there is no other.
in a place of the land of darkness.
I didn’t say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, Yahweh, speak righteousness.
I declare things that are right.
Draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations.
Those have no knowledge who carry the wood of their engraved image,
and pray to a god that can’t save.
Yes, let them take counsel together.
Who has shown this from ancient time?
Who has declared it of old?
Haven’t I, Yahweh?
There is no other God besides me, a just God and a Savior;
There is no one besides me.
for I am God, and there is no other.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and will not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. 24 They will say of me, ‘There is righteousness and strength only in Yahweh.’”