God calleth Cyrus for his Church's sake.
Isaiah 45:1 Thus said Jehovah, To His anointed, to Cyrus, Whose right hand I have laid hold on, To subdue nations before him, Yea, loins of kings I loose, To open before him two-leaved doors, Yea, gates are not shut: Isaiah 45:2 'I go before thee, and crooked places make straight, Two-leaved doors of brass I shiver, And bars of iron I cut asunder, Isaiah 45:3 And have given to thee treasures of darkness, Even treasures of secret places, So that thou knowest that I, Jehovah, Who am calling on thy name[am] the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, And of Israel My chosen, I call also thee by thy name, I surname thee, And thou hast not known Me.
By his omnipotency he challengeth obedience.
Isaiah 45:5 I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else, Except Me there is no God, I gird thee, and thou hast not known Me. Isaiah 45:6 So that they know from the rising of the sun, And from the west, that there is none besides Me, I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else, Isaiah 45:7 Forming light, and preparing darkness, Making peace, and preparing evil, I [am] Jehovah, doing all these things.' Isaiah 45:8 Drop, ye heavens, from above, And clouds do cause righteousness to flow, Earth openeth, and they are fruitful, Salvation and righteousness spring up together, I, Jehovah, have prepared it. Isaiah 45:9 Woe [to] him who is striving with his Former, (A potsherd with potsherds of the ground!) Doth clay say to its Framer, 'What dost thou?' And thy work, 'He hath no hands?' Isaiah 45:10 Woe [to] him who is saying to a father, 'What dost thou beget?' Or to a wife, 'What dost thou bring forth? Isaiah 45:11 Thus said Jehovah, The Holy One of Israel, and his Former: Ask Me of the things coming concerning My sons, Yea, concerning the work of My hands, ye command Me.' Isaiah 45:12 I made earth, and man on it prepared, IMy hands stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded. Isaiah 45:13 I have stirred him up in righteousness, And all his ways I make straight, He doth build My city, and My captivity doth send out, Not for price, nor for bribe, said Jehovah of Hosts. Isaiah 45:14 Thus said Jehovah, 'The labour of Egypt, And the merchandise of Cush, And of the Sebaimmen of measure, Unto thee pass over, and thine they are, After thee they go, in fetters they pass over, And unto thee they bow themselves, Unto thee they pray: Only in thee [is] God, And there is none else, no [other] God. Isaiah 45:15 Surely Thou [art] a God hiding Thyself, God of IsraelSaviour! Isaiah 45:16 They have been ashamed, And they have even blushedall of them, Together gone in confusion have those carving images. Isaiah 45:17 Israel hath been saved in Jehovah, A salvation age-during! Ye are not ashamed nor confounded Unto the ages of eternity! Isaiah 45:18 For thus said Jehovah, Creator of heaven, He is God, Former of earth, and its Maker, He established itnot empty He prepared it, For inhabiting He formed it: 'I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:19 Not in secret have I spoken, in a dark place of the earth, I have not said to the seed of Jacob, In vain seek ye Me, I [am] Jehovah, speaking righteousness, Declaring uprightness.
He convinceth the idols of vanity by his saving power.
Isaiah 45:20 Be gathered, and come in, Come nigh together, ye escaped of the nations, They have not known, Who are lifting up the wood of their graven image, And praying unto a god [that] saveth not. Isaiah 45:21 Declare ye, and bring near, Yea, they take counsel together, Who hath proclaimed this from of old? From that time hath declared it? Is it not IJehovah? And there is no other god besides Me, A God righteous and saving, there is none save Me. Isaiah 45:22 Turn to Me, and be saved, all ends of the earth, For I [am] God, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:23 By Myself I have sworn, Gone out from my mouth in righteousness hath a word, And it turneth not back, That to Me, bow doth every knee, every tongue swear. Isaiah 45:24 Only in Jehovah, said hath one, Have I righteousness and strength, Unto Him he cometh in, And ashamed are all those displeased with Him. Isaiah 45:25 In Jehovah are all the seed of Israel justified, And they boast themselves.'