Bible: Isaiah 44:24-28

The Lord Empowers Cyrus

44:24 This is what the Lord, your protector, 1  says,

the one who formed you in the womb:

“I am the Lord, who made everything,

who alone stretched out the sky,

who fashioned the earth all by myself, 2 

44:25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers 3 

and humiliates 4  the omen readers,

who overturns the counsel of the wise men 5 

and makes their advice 6  seem foolish,

44:26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants 7 

and brings to pass the announcements 8  of his messengers,

who says about Jerusalem, 9 She will be inhabited,’

and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,

her ruins I will raise up,’

44:27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry!

I will dry up your sea currents,’

44:28 who commissions 10  Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 11 

to carry out all my wishes 12 

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

and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’ 13 

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