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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
45 This is what Jehovah has said to his anointed one,*+ to Cyrus,* whose right hand I have taken hold of,+ to subdue before him nations,+ so that I may ungird even the hips of kings; to open before him the two-leaved doors, so that even the gates will not be shut: 2 “Before you I myself shall go,+ and the swells of land I shall straighten out.+ The copper doors I shall break in pieces, and the iron bars I shall cut down.+ 3 And I will give you the treasures+ in the darkness and the hidden treasures in the concealment places, in order that you may know that I am Jehovah, the One calling [you] by your name,+ the God* of Israel. 4 For the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one,+ I even proceeded to call you by your name; I proceeded to give you a name of honor, although you did not know me.+ 5 I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.+ With the exception of me there is no God.+ I shall closely gird you, although you have not known me, 6 in order that people may know from the rising of the sun and from its setting that there is none besides me.+ I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.+ 7 Forming light+ and creating darkness,+ making peace+ and creating calamity,+ I, Jehovah, am doing all these things.+ 8 “O YOU heavens, cause a dripping from above;+ and let the cloudy skies themselves trickle with righteousness.+ Let the earth open up, and let it be fruitful with salvation, and let it cause righteousness itself to spring up+ at the same time. I myself, Jehovah, have created it.”*+ 9 Woe to the one that has contended with his Former,+ as an earthenware fragment with the other earthenware fragments of the ground! Should the clay+ say to its former: “What do you make?” And your achievement [say]: “He has no hands”? 10 Woe to the one saying to a father: “What do you become father to?” and to the wife:* “What are you in birth pains with?”+ 11 This is what Jehovah has said, the Holy One of Israel+ and the Former+ of him: “Ask me even about the things that are coming+ concerning my sons;+ and concerning the activity+ of my hands YOU people should command me. 12 I myself have made the earth+ and have created even man* upon it.+ I—my own hands have stretched out the heavens,+ and all the army of them I have commanded.”+ 13 “I myself have roused up someone in righteousness,+ and all his ways I shall straighten out.+ He is the one that will build my city,+ and those of mine in exile he will let go,*+ not for a price+ nor for bribery,” Jehovah of armies has said. 14 This is what Jehovah has said: “The unpaid laborers of Egypt+ and the merchants of E·thi·o′pi·a* and the Sa·be′ans,+ tall men,*+ will themselves come over even to you,* and yours they will become.+ Behind you they will walk; in fetters+ they will come over, and to you they will bow down.+ To you they will pray, [saying,] ‘Indeed God is in union with you,*+ and there is no one else; there is no [other] God.’”*+ 15 Truly you are a God keeping yourself concealed,+ the God of Israel, a Savior.+ 16 They will certainly be ashamed and even be humiliated, all of them. Together in humiliation+ the manufacturers of [idol] forms will have to walk. 17 As for Israel, he will certainly be saved in union with Jehovah+ with a salvation for times indefinite.+ YOU people will not be ashamed,+ nor will YOU be humiliated+ for the indefinite times of eternity. 18 For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens,+ He the [true] God,+ the Former of the earth and the Maker of it,+ He the One who firmly established it,+ who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited:+ “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.+ 19 In a place of concealment I spoke not,+ in a dark place of the earth; nor said I to the seed* of Jacob, ‘Seek me simply for nothing, YOU people.’+ I am Jehovah, speaking what is righteous, telling what is upright.+ 20 “Collect yourselves and come.+ Bring yourselves up close together, YOU escapees from the nations.+ Those carrying the wood* of their carved image have not come to any knowledge, neither have those praying to a god that cannot save.*+ 21 Make YOUR report and YOUR presentation.+ Yes, let them consult together in unity. Who has caused this to be heard from a long time ago?+ [Who] has reported it from that very time?+ Is it not I, Jehovah, besides whom there is no other God;*+ a righteous God* and a Savior,+ there being none excepting me?+ 22 “Turn to me and be saved,+ all YOU [at the] ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no one else.+ 23 By my own self I have sworn+—out of my own mouth in righteousness the word has gone forth,+ so that it will not return+—that to me every knee will bend down,+ every tongue will swear,*+ 24 saying, ‘Surely in Jehovah there are full righteousness and strength.+ All those getting heated up against him will come straight to him and be ashamed.+ 25 In Jehovah all the seed+ of Israel will prove to be right+ and will boast about themselves.’”+
^ “To his anointed one.” Heb., lim·shi·choh′; Gr., khri·stoi′; Syr., lam·shi·cheh; Lat., chri′sto.
^ “To Cyrus,” M(Heb., leKhoh′resh)TLXXVg.
^ “The God of.” Heb., ʼElo·heh′.
^ Or, “him,” masc.
^ Or, “woman.”
^ “And . . . man.” Heb., weʼa·dham′.
^ Or, “he will send away.” Heb., yeshal·le′ach.
^ “Ethiopia,” Vg; LXX, “Ethiopians”; MTSy, “Cush.”
^ Lit., “men of measure.”
^ “You,” fem., referring to a people or a city.
^ “God is in union with you.” Lit., “in you [is] God.” Heb., bakh ʼEl.
^ “No [other] God.” Heb., ʼe′phes ʼElo·him′.
^ Or, “offspring.”
^ Or, “tree of.” Heb., ʽets.
^ “A god that cannot save.” Heb., ʼel loʼ yoh·shi′aʽ; Gr., the·ous′; Lat., de′um.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElo·him′.
^ “A righteous God.” Heb., ʼEl-tsad·diq′; Lat., De′us iu′stus.