God calleth Cyrus for his Church's sake.
Isaiah 45:1 Thus sayeth the Lord vnto Cyrus his anoynted whom I haue taken by þe ryght hande, to subdue nations before him. I wyll lowse the gyrdle of kynges, & I wyll open þe gates before his face, and not to shut their dores. Isaiah 45:2 I will go before the, and make the croked streyght, I shall breake the brasen dores, & burst the yron barres. Isaiah 45:3 I shall geue the þe hyd treasures, & the thynge which is secretly kept: þt thou mayest knowe that I am þe Lorde God of Israel which haue called the by thy name: Isaiah 45:4 & that for Iacob my seruauntes sake, & for Israel my chosen. For I called the by thy name, and ordeyned the or euer thou knewest me.
By his omnipotency he challengeth obedience.
Isaiah 45:5 Euen I the Lord before whom there is none other: for without me ther is no God. I haue prepared the or euer thou knewest me, Isaiah 45:6 that I myght be knowne from the rysing of þe sunne to the goynge downe of the same, that all is nothynge without me. For I am þe Lorde, and there is els none. Isaiah 45:7 It is I þt created the lyght & darcknes. I make peace and trouble: yee, euen I the Lorde do all these thinges. Isaiah 45:8 Ye heauens from aboue droppe downe, & let the cloudes rayne ryghteousnes. The earth open it selfe, and bringe forth health, that therby righteousnes maye florysh. Euen I the Lorde bringe it to passe. Isaiah 45:9 Wo be vnto him þt stryueth wt his maker, the potsherde with the potter. Sayeth þe claye to the potter. What makest thou? or thy worke serueth for nothing? Isaiah 45:10 Wo be vnto him that sayeth to hys father. Why begettest þu? And to his mother: why bearest thou? Isaiah 45:11 Thus sayeth the Lorde, euen the holy one, & maker of Israel. Aske me of thynges for to come, concernynge my sonnes: and put me in remembraunce, as touching the worckes of my handes: Isaiah 45:12 I haue made the earth, and created man vpon it. With myne handes haue I spred forth heauen, and geuen a commaundement for all the hoost therof. Isaiah 45:13 I shall wake him vp with ryghteousnes, and ordre all his wayes. He shall buylde my cytie, and let out my prisoners: & that nether for gyft nor rewardes, sayeth the Lord of Hostes. Isaiah 45:14 Thus sayeth the Lord. The occupiers of Egypt, the marchauntes of the Morians and Sabees, shall come vnto the with tribute, they shalbe thyne, they shall folowe the, and go with cheynes vpon their fete. They shall fall downe before the, and make supplicacyon vnto the. For God (without whom there is none other God) shalbe with the. Isaiah 45:15 O howe profounde art þu O God, thou God and Sauioure of Israel? Isaiah 45:16 Confounded are they all, and put to dishonoure: they are gone hence together with shame, euen þe makers of ymages. Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shalbe saued in þe Lorde, which is the euerlastinge saluacyon. Ye shall not come to shame ner confusyon, worlde without ende. Isaiah 45:18 For thus sayeth the Lord: euen he that created heauen, the God that made the earth, that fashyoned it, and sett it forth. He dyd not make it for naught, but to be enhabited. Euen I the Lorde, without whom there is none other. Isaiah 45:19 I haue not spoken secretly, nether in darcke places of the earth. It is not for naught, that I sayde vnto the sede of Iacob: seke me. I am the Lorde, which when I speake, declareth the thing that is righteous & true:
He convinceth the idols of vanity by his saving power.
Isaiah 45:20 gather you & come together, draw nie hyther, you þt are escaped of the people. Haue they eny vnderstandynge, that set vp the stockes of theyr Idols, & praye vnto a God, that cannot helpe them? Isaiah 45:21 drawe nye, come hyther, and let them aske councell one at another and shewe forth. What is he, that tolde thys before? or, who spake of it, euer sence the begynning? Haue not I the Lord done it? wtout whom there is none other God? the true God and Sauioure, and ther is els none but I? Isaiah 45:22 And therfore turne you vnto me (all ye endes of the earth) that ye maye be saued: for I am God, & there is els none. Isaiah 45:23 I sweare by my selfe: oute of my mouth commeth the word of ryghteousnesse, and that maye no man turne: but all knees shall bowe vnto me, and all tunges shall sweare by my name, Isaiah 45:24 saying. Uerely, in the Lord is my ryghteousnes and strength. To him shal men come: but all they that thincke scorne of him, shalbe confounded. Isaiah 45:25 And the whole sede of Israel shalbe iustified and make their boast in the Lorde.