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  • Isaiah 45:1-7

    Cyrus as God’s anointed

    45 The Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus,
        whom I have grasped by the strong hand,
        to conquer nations before him,
        disarming kings,
        and opening doors before him,
        so no gates will be shut:
    I myself will go before you,
        and I will level mountains.
    I will shatter bronze doors;
        I will cut through iron bars.
    I will give you hidden treasures of secret riches,
        so you will know that I am the Lord,
        the God of Israel, who calls you by name.
    For the sake of my servant Jacob and Israel my chosen,
        I called you by name.
    I gave you an honored title,
        though you didn’t know me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other;
        besides me there is no God.
    I strengthen you—
        though you don’t know me—
    so all will know, from the rising of the sun to its setting,
        that there is nothing apart from me.
    I am the Lord; there’s no other.
        I form light and create darkness,
        make prosperity and create doom;
        I am the Lord, who does all these things.