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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Isaiah 45:1-25

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:  “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.+  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.  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.+  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,  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.+  Forming light+ and creating darkness,+ making peace+ and creating calamity,+ I, Jehovah, am doing all these things.+  “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.”*+  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.
“To me every knee will bend down, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God,” LXX. See Ro 14:11.