God calleth Cyrus for his Church's sake.
Isaiah 45:1 Thus sayeth the Lord vnto Cyrus his anointed, whose right hand I haue holden to subdue nations before him: therefore will I weaken the loynes of Kings and open the doores before him, and the gates shall not be shut: Isaiah 45:2 I will goe before thee and make the crooked streight: I will breake the brasen doores, and burst the yron barres. Isaiah 45:3 And I will giue thee the treasures of darkenesse, and the things hid in secret places, that thou maist know that I am the Lord which call thee by thy name, euen the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:4 For Iaakob my seruants sake, and Israel mine elect, I will euen call thee by thy name and name thee, though thou hast not knowen me.
By his omnipotency he challengeth obedience.
Isaiah 45:5 I am the Lorde and there is none other: there is no God besides me: I girded thee though thou hast not knowen me, Isaiah 45:6 That they may knowe from the rising of the sunne and from the West, that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is none other. Isaiah 45:7 I forme the light and create darkenes: I make peace and create euill: I the Lorde doe all these things. Isaiah 45:8 Ye heauens, send the dewe from aboue, and let the cloudes droppe downe righteousnesse: let the earth open, and let saluation and iustice growe foorth: let it bring them foorth together: I the Lord haue created him. Isaiah 45:9 Woe be vnto him that striueth with his maker, the potsherd with the potsherds of the earth: shall the clay say to him that facioneth it, What makest thou? or thy worke, It hath none hands? Isaiah 45:10 Woe vnto him that sayeth to his father, What hast thou begotten? or to his mother, What hast thou brought foorth? Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the Lord, the holy one of Israel, and his maker, Aske me of things to come concerning my sonnes, and concerning the workes of mine hands: commande you me. Isaiah 45:12 I haue made the earth, and created man vpon it: I, whose hands haue spred out the heauens, I haue euen commanded all their armie. Isaiah 45:13 I haue raised him vp in righteousnesse, and I will direct all his wayes: he shall build my citie, and he shall let goe my captiues, not for price nor rewarde, saith the Lord of hostes. Isaiah 45:14 Thus sayth the Lorde, The labour of Egypt, and the marchandise of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, men of stature shall come vnto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall followe thee, and shall goe in chaines: they shall fall downe before thee, and make supplication vnto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee, and there is none other God besides. Isaiah 45:15 Verely thou, O God, hidest thy selfe, O God, the Sauiour of Israel. Isaiah 45:16 All they shalbe ashamed and also confounded: they shall goe to confusion together, that are the makers of images. Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saued in the Lorde, with an euerlasting saluation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded worlde without ende. Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the Lorde (that created heauen, God himselfe, that formed the earth, & made it: he that prepared it, he created it not in vaine: he formed it to be inhabited) I am the Lord, and there is none other. Isaiah 45:19 I haue not spoken in secrete, neither in a place of darkenes in the earth: I saide not in vaine vnto the seede of Iaakob, Seeke you me: I the Lord doe speake righteousnesse, and declare righteous things.
He convinceth the idols of vanity by his saving power.
Isaiah 45:20 Assemble your selues, & come: drawe neere together, ye abiect of the Gentiles: they haue no knowledge, that set vp the wood of their idole, and pray vnto a god, that cannot saue them. Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye and bring them, and let them take counsell together, who hath declared this from the beginning? or hath tolde it of olde? Haue not I the Lord? and there is none other God beside me, a iust God, and a Sauiour: there is none beside me. Isaiah 45:22 Looke vnto me, and ye shall be saued: all the endes of the earth shall be saued: for I am God, and there is none other. Isaiah 45:23 I haue sworne by my selfe: the worde is gone out of my mouth in righteousnesse, and shall not returne, That euery knee shall bowe vnto me, and euery tongue shall sweare by me. Isaiah 45:24 Surely he shall say, In the Lorde haue I righteousnesse and strength: he shall come vnto him, and all that prouoke him, shall be ashamed. Isaiah 45:25 The whole seede of Israel shall be iustified, and glorie in the Lord.