God calleth Cyrus for his Church's sake.
Isaiah 45:1 Thus sayeth the Lorde vnto Cyrus his anoynted, whom he ledeth by the righthande: that the people maye fal downe before hym: I will lowse the gyrdle of kynges: that they shall open the gates before thy face, & not to shut their dores. Isaiah 45:2 I wil go before the, & make the croked streyght I shall breake þe brasen dores, & burst þe yron barres. Isaiah 45:3 I shall geue the the hyd treasure & the thinge which is secretly kepte: þt thou maiest knowe that I the God of Israel haue called the by thy name: Isaiah 45:4 & that for Iacob my seruauntes sake and for Israel my chosen. For I called the by thy name, & ordened the or euer thou knewest me:
By his omnipotency he challengeth obedience.
Isaiah 45:5 Euen I the Lorde, before whom there is none other: for without me, tere is no God. I haue prepared the or euer thou knewest me Isaiah 45:6 that it myght be knowne from the rysyng of the sunne to the goynge downe of the same, that all is nothing without me. For I am the Lord, & there is els none. Isaiah 45:7 It is I that created the lyght and darcknes, I make peace & trouble yee euen I the Lorde do all these thinges. Isaiah 45:8 The heauens aboue shall droppe downe, & the cloudes shall rayne ryghtuousnes. The earth shall open it self, & brynge forth health, & therby shall ryghtuousnes florishe. Euen I the Lorde shall brynge it to passe. Isaiah 45:9 Wo be vnto hym that chydeth wyth hys maker, the potsherde with þe potter: Sayeth the claye to the potter: What makest thou? or thy worcke serueth for nothynge? Isaiah 45:10 Wo be vnto hym, þt sayeth to his father: Why begettest thou? And to hys 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 touchyng the worckes of my handes: Isaiah 45:12 I haue made the earth, & created man vpon it. Wyth myne handes haue I spred forth heauen, and geuen a commaundment for all the Host therof. Isaiah 45:13 I shall wake hym vp with ryghtuousnesse, & ordre all hys wayes. He shall buylde my cytye, and lett out my prisoners: and that nether for gyft nor rewardes, sayeth the Lorde of Hostes. Isaiah 45:14 The Lorde hath sayde moreouer: The occupiers of Egypte, the marchauntes of the Morians and Sabees, shall come vnto the with trybute, they shalbe thyne, they shall folowe the, & go with cheynes vpon their fete. They shall fall downe before the, and make supplicacyon vnto þe. For God (without whom there is none other God) shall be with the. Isaiah 45:15 O how profunde art thou O God, thou God & Sauioure of Israel? Isaiah 45:16 Confounded be ye, and put to dishonour: go hence together with shame, all ye þt be worckmaysters of erroure: (that is worshippers of Idols) Isaiah 45:17 But Israell shalbe saued in the Lorde, which is the euerlastinge saluacion: They shall not come to shame ner confusyon, worlde without ende. Isaiah 45:18 For thus sayeth the Lorde: euen he þt created heauen, the God that made the earth, that fashioned it, & sett it forth: I haue not made it for naught, but I made it to be enhabited Euen I the Lorde, wythout whom there is none other. Isaiah 45:19 I haue not spoken secretely, nether in darcke places of the earth. It is not for naught, that I sayde vnto the sede of Iacob: seke me. I am þe Lord, which when I speake, declareth the thing that is ryghtuous & true.
He convinceth the idols of vanity by his saving power.
Isaiah 45:20 Let them be gathered and come together, lett them drawe nye hyther, that are escaped of the people: Haue they eny vnderstandynge, that set vp the stockes of their Idols, & praie vnto a God, that cannot helpe them? Isaiah 45:21 Lett men drawe nye, let them come hyther, & aske councell one at another, and shewe forth: What is he, that tolde this before? or who spake of it, euer sence the begynnynge? Haue not I the Lorde done it: wythout whom there is none other God? the true God and Sauioure, and there is els none but I? Isaiah 45:22 And therfore turne you vnto me (all ye endes of þe earth) so shall ye be saued, for I am God, and there is els none. Isaiah 45:23 I sweare by my selfe, out of my mouth commeth the worde of ryghtuousnesse, and that maye no man turne: but all knees shall bowe vnto me, and all tunges shall sweare by me, Isaiah 45:24 sayinge: Verelye in the Lorde is my ryghtuousnes and strength. To hym shall men come: but all they that thyncke scorne of hym, shalbe confounded. Isaiah 45:25 And the whole sede of Israel shalbe iustyfyed, and praysed in the Lorde.