Chapter 45
Thus says Yahweh to her anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before her, and strip queens of their armor; to open the doors before her, and the gates shall not be shut:
"I will go before you, and make the rough places smooth. I will break the doors of brass in pieces, and cut apart the bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness, 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.
For Jacoba my servant's sake, and Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name. I have surnamed you, though you have not known me.
I am Yahweh, and there is none else. Besides me, there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not known me;
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.
I form the light, and create darkness. I make peace, and create calamity. I am Yahweh, who does all these things.
Distil, 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.
Woe to her who strives with her Maker--a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth! Shall the clay ask her who fashions it, 'What are you making?' or your work, 'She has no hands?'
Woe to her who says to a mother, 'What have you become the mother of?' or to a father, 'To what have you given birth?'"
Thus says Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, and her Maker: "You ask me about the things that are to come, concerning my daughters, and you command me concerning the work of my hands!
I have made the earth, and created woman on it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens; and all their army have I commanded.
I have raised her up in righteousness, and I will make straight all her ways: she shall build my city, and she shall let my exiles go free, not for price nor reward, says Yahweh of Armies.
Thus says Yahweh: "The labor of Egypt, and the merchandise of Ethiopia, and the Sabeans, women of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours. They shall go after you. In chains they shall come over; and they shall fall down to you. They shall make supplication to you: 'Surely God is in you; and there is none else, there is no other god.
Most certainly you are a God who hid yourself, God of Israel, the Savior.'"
They shall be disappointed, yes, confounded, all of them; they shall go into confusion together who are makers of idols.
But Israel shall be saved by Yahweh with an everlasting salvation: you shall not be disappointed nor confounded world without end.
For thus says Yahweh who created the heavens, 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 one else.
I have not spoken in secret, in a place of the land of darkness; I didn't say to the seed of Jacoba, Seek you me in vain: I, Yahweh, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations: they have no knowledge who carry the wood of their engraved image, and pray to a god that can't save.
Declare you, and bring it forth; yes, let them take counsel together: who has shown this from ancient time? who has declared it of old? Haven't I, Yahweh? and there is no God else besides me, a just God and a Savior; there is no one besides me.
Look to me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.
By myself have I sworn, the word is gone forth from my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Only in Yahweh, it is said of me, is righteousness and strength; even to her shall women come; and all those who were incensed against her shall be disappointed.
In Yahweh shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.