45 Thus saith Yahweh to his Anointed, to Cyrus—Whose right hand I have firmly grasped To subdue before him nations, And the loins of kings will I ungird,—To open before him the two-leaved doors, And the gates shall not be shut:
2 I before thee will go, And the hills will I level,—The doors of bronze will I break in pieces, And the bars of iron will I cut asunder;
3 Then will I give thee The treasures of darkness, Even the hoards of hidden places,—That thou mayest get to know That I—Yahweh who am calling thee by thy name am the God of Israel.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, Even Israel my chosen Therefore have I called unto thee by thy name, I give thee a title though thou hast not known me,—
5 I am Yahweh and there is none else, Besides me there is no God,—I gird thee though thou hast not known me:
6 That men may get to know From the rising of the sun And from the west That there is none besides me,—I am Yahweh and there is none else:
7 Forming light and creating darkness, Making prosperity and creating misfortune,—I—Yahweh who doeth all these.
8 Let the drops fall, ye heavens, from above, Yea let the skies pour down righteousness,—Let the earth open and let them bear as their fruit—deliverance And let justice spring forth therewith, I—Yahweh have created it.
9 Alas for him who contendeth with his Fashioner,—A potsherd [should contend] with the potsherds of the ground! Shall it be said by the clay unto him that is fashioning it, What wouldst thou make? Or thy work [say of thee], He hath no hands?
10 Alas for one who saith to a father, What begettest thou? Or to a woman, What dost thou bring forth?
11 Thus saith Yahweh The Holy One of Israel And his Fashioner, As to things to come they have asked me, Concerning my sons and concerning the work of my hands they would command me!
12 I made the earth, And man upon it I created,—I—mine own hands stretched out the heavens, And all their host I commanded:
13 I have roused him up in righteousness, And all his roads will I level,—He shall build my city And my captives shall he let go, Not for price nor for bribe Saith Yahweh of hosts.
14 Thus saith Yahweh—The produce of Egypt and the gain of Ethiopia and the Sabeans men of great stature Unto thee shall come over And thine shall they become, After thee shall they journey, In chains shall they come over,—And unto thee shall they bow down, Unto thee shall they pray [saying],—Surely in thee is a God And there is none else—no God!
15 Surely thou art a God utterly hiding thyself,—O God of Israel, able to save!
16 They have turned pale and even been put to shame all of them,—Together have they gone into disgrace, have the makers of images:
17 Israel hath been delivered by Yahweh, with an age-abiding deliverance,—Ye shall neither turn pale nor he put to shame unto the ages of futurity.
18 For Thus saith Yahweh, Who created the heavens, God himself, Who fashioned the earth—And made it, Himself established it, . . . Not a waste created he it, To be dwelt in he fashioned it, . . . I am Yahweh and there is none else:
19 Not in secret have I spoken In a place of the earth that is dark,—I have not said unto the seed of Jacob, In a waste seek ye me,—I am Yahweh, Speaking the thing that is right, Declaring the things that are just.
20 Assemble yourselves and come, Draw near together, ye escaped of the nations,—They know not Who carry the wood of their carved image, And pray unto a God who cannot save.
21 Tell ye—and bring near, Yea let them take counsel together,—Who let this be known aforetime, In time past declared it? Was it not I—Yahweh? And there is none else that is God besides me, A God righteous and ready to save, There is none besides me!
22 Turn unto me—and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth,—For I am God and there is none else.
23 By myself have I sworn, Gone forth out of my mouth is righteousness as a decree And shall not turn back,—That unto myself Shall bow every knee, Shall swear every tongue:
24 Only in Yahweh—for me Hath one said, Is there righteousness and strength. Unto him shall come and turn pale—All who have been incensed against him:
25 In Yahweh shall be justified and shall boast themselves—All the seed of Israel.