The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 45:1–8

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Thus saith YHWH to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, and to loose the loins of kings; to open the doors before him, and that the gates may not be shut

Thus saith the Lord God to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, that nations might be obedient before him; and I will break through the strength of kings; I will open doors before him, and cities shall not be closed.

Thus says the Lord to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I hold, so that I may subjugate the nations before his face, and I may turn the backs of kings, and I may open the doors before him, and so that the gates will not be shut.

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the doors of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron;

I will go before thee, and will level mountains: I will break to pieces brazen doors, and burst iron bars.

I will go before you. And I will humble the glorious ones of the earth. I will shatter the gates of brass, and I will break apart the bars of iron.

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And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I am YHWH, who call thee by thy name, even the God of Israel.

And I will give you hidden treasures and the knowledge of secret things, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls your name.

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For the sake of Jacob My servant, and Israel Mine elect, I have called thee by thy name, I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known Me.

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I am YHWH, and there is none else, beside Me there is no God; I have girded thee, though thou hast not known Me;

For I am the Lord God, and there is no other God beside me; I strengthened thee, and thou hast not known me.

I am the Lord, and there is no one else. There is no god beside me. I girded you, and you have not known me.

That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me; I am YHWH; and there is none else;

That they that come from the east and they that come from the west may know that there is no God but me. I am the Lord God, and there is none beside.

So may those who are from the rising of the sun, and those who are from its setting, know that there is no one beside me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.

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I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I am YHWH, that doeth all these things.

I am he that prepared light, and formed darkness; who make peace, and create evil; I am the Lord God, that does all these things.

I form light and create darkness; I make peace and create hardship; I the LORD do all these things.

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Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, that they may bring forth salvation, and let her cause righteousness to spring up together; I YHWH have created it.

Let the heaven rejoice from above, and let the clouds rain righteousness: let the earth bring forth, and blossom with mercy, and bring forth righteousness likewise: I am the Lord that created thee.

Send down dew from above, O heavens, and let the clouds rain down upon the just! Let the earth open and spring forth a savior! And let justice rise up at once! I, the Lord, have created him.