Bible: Isa 44:28-45:5

44:28 who commissions 1  Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 2 

to carry out all my wishes 3 

and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’

and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’ 4 

45:1 This is what the Lord says to his chosen 5  one,

to Cyrus, whose right hand I hold 6 

in order to subdue nations before him,

and disarm kings, 7 

to open doors before him,

so gates remain unclosed:

45:2I will go before you

and level mountains. 8 

Bronze doors I will shatter

and iron bars 9  I will hack through.

45:3 I will give you hidden treasures, 10 

riches stashed away in secret places,

so you may recognize that I am the Lord,

the one who calls you by name, the God of Israel.

45:4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,

Israel, my chosen one,

I call you by name

and give you a title of respect, even though you do not recognize 11  me.

45:5 I am the Lord, I have no peer, 12 

there is no God but me.

I arm you for battle, 13  even though you do not recognize 14  me.

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