1This is what Yahweh says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I hold, in order to subdue nations before him, to disarm kings, and to open the doors before him, so that gates remain open:
2“I will go before you and level the mountains; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut in pieces their iron bars,
3and I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden away, that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, who call you by your name, I, the God of Israel.
4For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name, giving you a title of honor, though you have not known me.
5I am Yahweh, and there is no other; there is no God but me. I will arm you for battle, though you have not known me;
6that people may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is no god but me: I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
7I form the light and create darkness; I bring peace and create disaster; I am Yahweh, who does all these things.
8You heavens, rain down from above! Let the skies rain down righteousness. Let the earth absorb it, that salvation may sprout up, and righteousness spring up together with it. I, Yahweh, have created them both.
9Woe to anyone who argues with the one who formed him, to him who is like any other earthen pot among all the earthen pots in the ground! Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' or 'Your work has no handles on it'?
10Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you fathering?' or to a woman, 'What are you giving birth to?'
11This is what Yahweh says, the Holy One of Israel, his Maker: 'Why do you ask questions about what I will do for my children? Do you tell me what to do concerning the work of my hands?'
12'I made the earth and created man on it. It was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all the stars to appear.
13I stirred Cyrus up in righteousness, and I will smooth out all his paths. He will build my city; he will let my exiled people go home, and not for price nor bribe,'” says Yahweh of hosts.
14This is what Yahweh says, “The earnings of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush with the Sabeans, men of tall stature, will be brought to you. They will be yours. They will follow after you, coming in chains. They will bow down to you and plead with you saying, 'Surely God is with you, and there is no other except him.'”
15Truly you are a God who hides yourself, God of Israel, Savior.
16They will all be ashamed and disgraced together; those who carve idols will walk in humiliation.
17But Israel will be saved by Yahweh with an everlasting salvation; you will never again be ashamed or humiliated.
18This is what Yahweh says, who created the heavens, the true God who created the earth and made it, who established it. He created it, not as a waste, but designed it to be inhabited: “I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
19I have not spoken in private, in some hidden place; I did not say to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain!' I am Yahweh, who speaks sincerely; I declare the things that are right.
20Assemble yourselves and come! Gather together, you refugees from among the nations! They have no knowledge, those who carry carved images and pray to gods that cannot save.
21Come close and declare it to me, bring the evidence! Let them conspire together. Who has shown this from long ago? Who announced it? Was it not I, Yahweh? There is no God except me, a just God and a Savior; there is no one besides me.
22Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
23By myself I swear, speaking my just decree, and it will not turn back: 'To me every knee will bend, every tongue will swear.
24They will say of me, “In Yahweh alone are salvation and strength.”'” They will all be ashamed who are angry at him.
25In Yahweh all the descendants of Israel will be justified; they will take pride in him.