The Salvation of Israel through Cyrus via

From the book of the prophet Isaiah


The salvation of Israel through Cyrus

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, Cyrus,whose right hand I grasp,

Subduing nations before him,

and making kings run in his service,

Opening doors before him

and leaving the gates unbarred:

I will go before you

and level the mountains;

Bronze doors I will shatter,

and iron bars I will snap.

I will give you treasures out of the darkness,

and riches that have been hidden away,

That you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel,

who calls you by your name.
For the sake of Jacob, my servant,

of Israel my chosen one,

I have called you by your name,

giving you a title, though you knew me not.

I am the Lord and there is no other,

there is no God besides me.

It is I who arm you, though you know me not,

so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun

men may know that there is none besides me.

I am the Lord, there is no other;

I form the light, and create the darkness,

I make well-being and create woe;

I, the Lord, do all these things.
Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,

like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.

Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;

let justice also spring up!

I, the Lord, have created this.
Woe to him who contends with his Maker;

a potsherd among potsherds of the earth!

Dare the clay say to its modeler, “What are you doing?”

or, “What you are making has no hands”?

Woe to him who asks a father, “What are you begetting?”

or a woman, “What are you giving birth to?”
Thus says the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel, his maker:

You question me about my children,

or prescribe the work of my hands for me!

It was I who made the earth

and created mankind upon it;

It was my hands that stretched out the heavens;

I gave the order to all their host.

It was I who stirred up one for the triumph of justice;

all his ways I make level.

He shall rebuild my city

and let my exiles go free

Without price or ransom,

says the Lord of hosts.