1 "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:
2 I will go before you and will level the mountains [^1] ; ¶ I will break down gates of bronze ¶ and cut through bars of iron.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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,
6 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.
7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; ¶ I, the LORD, do all these things.
8 "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.
9 "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 [^2] 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, [^3] 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.