to subdue nations before him
to open doors before him,
and even city gates will not be shut:
2“I will go before you
and level the uneven places;45:2 DSS, LXX read the mountains45:2 Is 40:4
I will shatter the bronze doors
and cut the iron bars in two.45:2 Ps 107:16
3I will give you the treasures of darkness
so that you may know that I am the Lord.
4I call you by your name,
and Israel my chosen one.
I give a name to you,
though you do not know me.
I will strengthen45:5 Lit gird you,
though you do not know me,
6so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I make success and create disaster;45:7 Gn 50:20; 1Sm 16:14; 1Kg 21:21; 22:8; 2Kg 6:33; Jb 2:10; Ps 78:49; Is 13:11; 31:2; 47:11; Jr 1:14; Lm 3:38; Am 3:6
I am the Lord, who does all these things.
8“Heavens, sprinkle from above,
and let the skies shower righteousness.45:8 Hs 10:12
Let the earth open up
so that salvation will sprout
I, the Lord, have created it.
9“Woe to the one who argues with his Maker —
one clay pot among many.45:9 Lit a clay pot with clay pots of the ground
Does clay say to the one forming it,
Or does your work say,
‘He has no hands’?45:9 Or making? Your work has no hands.
10Woe to the one who says to his father,
‘What are you fathering?’
or to his mother,45:10 Lit to a woman
‘What are you giving birth to? ’”
11This is what the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel45:11 Is 1:4 and its Maker, says:
“Ask me what is to happen to45:11 Or me the coming things about my sons,45:11 Jr 31:9
12I made the earth,
and created humans on it.
and I commanded everything in them.
and will level all roads for him.
and set my exiles free,45:13 Is 52:3
not for a price or a bribe,”
says the Lord of Armies.
God Alone Is the Savior
14This is what the Lord says:
“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush
and will be yours;
they will follow you,
they will come over in chains
and bow down to you.
They will confess45:14 Lit pray to you,
‘God is indeed with you,45:14 1Co 14:25 and there is no other;
there is no other God.’”
God of Israel, Savior.45:15 Is 43:3
the makers of idols go in humiliation together.
17Israel will be saved by the Lord
with an everlasting salvation;
you will not be put to shame or humiliated
for all eternity.45:17 Ps 37:19; Is 49:23; 50:7; 54:4; Jl 2:26–27; Zph 3:11; Rm 9:33; 10:11; 1Pt 2:6
18For this is what the Lord says —
the Creator of the heavens,
the God who formed the earth and made it,
the one who established it
(he did not create it to be a wasteland,
he says, “I am the Lord,
and there is no other.
somewhere in a land of darkness.
I did not say to the descendants of Jacob:
who declares what is right.
20“Come, gather together,
and approach, you fugitives of the nations.
Those who carry their wooden idols
yes, let them consult each other.
Who predicted this long ago?
Who announced it from ancient times?
Was it not I, the Lord?
There is no other God but me,
22Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth.
For I am God,
and there is no other.
truth has gone from my mouth,45:23 Is 55:11
a word that will not be revoked:
every tongue will swear allegiance.
24It will be said about me, ‘Righteousness and strength
are found only in the Lord.’”
All who are enraged against him
will come to him and be put to shame.45:24 Is 41:11
25All the descendants of Israel
will be justified and boast in the Lord.
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