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Isaiah 45:1
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"This is what the Lord says to his anointed,(a) to Cyrus,(b) whose right hand I take hold(c) of to subdue nations(d) before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
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Isaiah 45:2
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I will go before you(e) and will level(f) the mountains[a]; I will break down gates(g) of bronze and cut through bars of iron.(h)
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Isaiah 45:3
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I will give you hidden treasures,(i) riches stored in secret places,(j) so that you may know(k) that I am the Lord , the God of Israel, who summons you by name.(l)
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Isaiah 45:4
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For the sake of Jacob my servant,(m) of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge(n) me.
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Isaiah 45:5
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I am the Lord , and there is no other;(o) apart from me there is no God.(p) I will strengthen you,(q) though you have not acknowledged me,
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Isaiah 45:6
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so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting(r) people may know(s) there is none besides me.(t) I am the Lord , and there is no other.
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Isaiah 45:7
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I form the light and create darkness,(u) I bring prosperity and create disaster;(v) I, the Lord , do all these things.
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Isaiah 45:8
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"You heavens above, rain(w) down my righteousness;(x) let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation(y) spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord , have created it.
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Isaiah 45:9
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"Woe to those who quarrel(z) with their Maker,(aa) those who are nothing but potsherds(ab) among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter,(ac) ‘What are you making?'(ad) Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands'?(ae)
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Isaiah 45:10
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Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?' or to a mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?'
Isaiah 45:11
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"This is what the Lord says— the Holy One(af) of Israel, and its Maker:(ag) Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?(ah)
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Isaiah 45:12
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It is I who made the earth(ai) and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens;(aj) I marshaled their starry hosts.(ak)
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Isaiah 45:13
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I will raise up Cyrus[b](al) in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight.(am) He will rebuild my city(an) and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward,(ao) says the Lord Almighty."
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Isaiah 45:14
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This is what the Lord says: "The products(ap) of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[c] and those tall Sabeans(aq)— they will come over to you(ar) and will be yours; they will trudge behind you,(as) coming over to you in chains.(at) They will bow down before you and plead(au) with you, saying, ‘Surely God is with you,(av) and there is no other; there is no other god.(aw)'"
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Isaiah 45:15
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Truly you are a God who has been hiding(ax) himself, the God and Savior(ay) of Israel.
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Isaiah 45:16
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All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;(az) they will go off into disgrace together.
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Isaiah 45:17
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But Israel will be saved(ba) by the Lord with an everlasting salvation;(bb) you will never be put to shame or disgraced,(bc) to ages everlasting.
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Isaiah 45:18
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For this is what the Lord says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth,(bd) he founded it; he did not create it to be empty,(be) but formed it to be inhabited(bf)— he says: "I am the Lord , and there is no other.(bg)
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Isaiah 45:19
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I have not spoken in secret,(bh) from somewhere in a land of darkness;(bi) I have not said to Jacob's descendants,(bj) ‘Seek(bk) me in vain.' I, the Lord , speak the truth; I declare what is right.(bl)
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Isaiah 45:20
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"Gather together(bm) and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant(bn) are those who carry(bo) about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.(bp)
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Isaiah 45:21
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Declare what is to be, present it— let them take counsel together. Who foretold(bq) this long ago, who declared it from the distant past?(br) Was it not I, the Lord ? And there is no God apart from me,(bs) a righteous God(bt) and a Savior;(bu) there is none but me.
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Isaiah 45:22
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"Turn(bv) to me and be saved,(bw) all you ends of the earth;(bx) for I am God, and there is no other.(by)
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Isaiah 45:23
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By myself I have sworn,(bz) my mouth has uttered in all integrity(ca) a word that will not be revoked:(cb) Before me every knee will bow;(cc) by me every tongue will swear.(cd)
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Isaiah 45:24
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They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance(ce) and strength.(cf)'" All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.(cg)
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Isaiah 45:25
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But all the descendants(ch) of Israel will find deliverance(ci) in the Lord and will make their boast in him.(cj)
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Isaiah 46:1
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Bel(a) bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols(b) are borne by beasts of burden.[a] The images that are carried(c) about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.
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Isaiah 46:2
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They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity.(d)
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Isaiah 46:3
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"Listen(e) to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant(f) of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth,(g) and have carried(h) since you were born.(i)
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Isaiah 46:4
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Even to your old age and gray hairs(j) I am he,(k) I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain(l) you and I will rescue you.
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Isaiah 46:5
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"With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?(m)
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Isaiah 46:6
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Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith(n) to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.(o)
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Isaiah 46:7
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They lift it to their shoulders and carry(p) it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move.(q) Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;(r) it cannot save(s) them from their troubles.
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Isaiah 46:8
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"Remember(t) this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.(u)
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Isaiah 46:9
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Remember the former things,(v) those of long ago;(w) I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.(x)
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Isaiah 46:10
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I make known the end from the beginning,(y) from ancient times,(z) what is still to come.(aa) I say, ‘My purpose will stand,(ab) and I will do all that I please.'
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Isaiah 46:11
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From the east I summon(ac) a bird of prey;(ad) from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned,(ae) that I will do.(af)
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Isaiah 46:12
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Listen(ag) to me, you stubborn-hearted,(ah) you who are now far from my righteousness.(ai)
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Isaiah 46:13
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I am bringing my righteousness(aj) near, it is not far away; and my salvation(ak) will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion,(al) my splendor(am) to Israel.
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Isaiah 47:1
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"Go down, sit in the dust,(a) Virgin Daughter(b) Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, queen city of the Babylonians.[a](c) No more will you be called tender or delicate.(d)
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Isaiah 47:2
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Take millstones(e) and grind(f) flour; take off your veil.(g) Lift up your skirts,(h) bare your legs, and wade through the streams.
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Isaiah 47:3
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Your nakedness(i) will be exposed and your shame(j) uncovered. I will take vengeance;(k) I will spare no one.(l)"
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Isaiah 47:4
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Our Redeemer(m)—the Lord Almighty(n) is his name(o)— is the Holy One(p) of Israel.
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Isaiah 47:5
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"Sit in silence,(q) go into darkness,(r) queen city of the Babylonians;(s) no more will you be called queen(t) of kingdoms.(u)
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Isaiah 47:6
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I was angry(v) with my people and desecrated my inheritance;(w) I gave them into your hand,(x) and you showed them no mercy.(y) Even on the aged you laid a very heavy yoke.
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Isaiah 47:7
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You said, ‘I am forever(z)— the eternal queen!'(aa) But you did not consider these things or reflect(ab) on what might happen.(ac)
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Isaiah 47:8
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"Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security(ad) and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.(ae) I will never be a widow(af) or suffer the loss of children.'
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Isaiah 47:9
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Both of these will overtake you in a moment,(ag) on a single day: loss of children(ah) and widowhood.(ai) They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries(aj) and all your potent spells.(ak)
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Isaiah 47:10
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You have trusted(al) in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.'(am) Your wisdom(an) and knowledge mislead(ao) you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.'
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Isaiah 47:11
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Disaster(ap) will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly(aq) come upon you.
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Isaiah 47:12
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"Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries,(ar) which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.
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Isaiah 47:13
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All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!(as) Let your astrologers(at) come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save(au) you from what is coming upon you.
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Isaiah 47:14
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Surely they are like stubble;(av) the fire(aw) will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame.(ax) These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.
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Isaiah 47:15
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That is all they are to you— these you have dealt with and labored(ay) with since childhood. All of them go on in their error; there is not one that can save(az) you.
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Isaiah 48:1
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"Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel(a) and come from the line of Judah,(b) you who take oaths(c) in the name of the Lord (d) and invoke(e) the God of Israel— but not in truth(f) or righteousness—
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Isaiah 48:2
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you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city(g) and claim to rely(h) on the God of Israel— the Lord Almighty is his name:(i)
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Isaiah 48:3
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I foretold the former things(j) long ago, my mouth announced(k) them and I made them known; then suddenly(l) I acted, and they came to pass.
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Isaiah 48:4
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For I knew how stubborn(m) you were; your neck muscles(n) were iron, your forehead(o) was bronze.
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Isaiah 48:5
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Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced(p) them to you so that you could not say, ‘My images brought them about;(q) my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
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Isaiah 48:6
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You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things,(r) of hidden things unknown to you.
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Isaiah 48:7
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They are created(s) now, and not long ago;(t) you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, ‘Yes, I knew(u) of them.'
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Isaiah 48:8
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You have neither heard nor understood;(v) from of old your ears(w) have not been open. Well do I know how treacherous(x) you are; you were called a rebel(y) from birth.
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Isaiah 48:9
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For my own name's sake(z) I delay my wrath;(aa) for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.(ab)
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Isaiah 48:10
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See, I have refined(ac) you, though not as silver; I have tested(ad) you in the furnace(ae) of affliction.
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Isaiah 48:11
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For my own sake,(af) for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed?(ag) I will not yield my glory to another.(ah)
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Isaiah 48:12
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"Listen(ai) to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called:(aj) I am he;(ak) I am the first and I am the last.(al)
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Isaiah 48:13
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My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,(am) and my right hand spread out the heavens;(an) when I summon them, they all stand up together.(ao)
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Isaiah 48:14
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"Come together,(ap) all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold(aq) these things? The Lord 's chosen ally(ar) will carry out his purpose(as) against Babylon;(at) his arm will be against the Babylonians.[a]
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Isaiah 48:15
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I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called(au) him. I will bring him, and he will succeed(av) in his mission.
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Isaiah 48:16
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"Come near(aw) me and listen(ax) to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;(ay) at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign Lord (az) has sent(ba) me, endowed with his Spirit.(bb)
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Isaiah 48:17
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This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer,(bc) the Holy One(bd) of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches(be) you what is best for you, who directs(bf) you in the way(bg) you should go.
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Isaiah 48:18
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If only you had paid attention(bh) to my commands, your peace(bi) would have been like a river,(bj) your well-being(bk) like the waves of the sea.
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Isaiah 48:19
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Your descendants(bl) would have been like the sand,(bm) your children like its numberless grains;(bn) their name would never be blotted out(bo) nor destroyed from before me."
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Isaiah 48:20
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Leave Babylon, flee(bp) from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy(bq) and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth;(br) say, "The Lord has redeemed(bs) his servant Jacob."
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Isaiah 48:21
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They did not thirst(bt) when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow(bu) for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.(bv)
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Isaiah 48:22
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"There is no peace,"(bw) says the Lord , "for the wicked."(bx)
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Isaiah 49:1
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Listen(a) to me, you islands;(b) hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born(c) the Lord called(d) me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.(e)
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Isaiah 49:2
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He made my mouth(f) like a sharpened sword,(g) in the shadow of his hand(h) he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow(i) and concealed me in his quiver.
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Isaiah 49:3
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He said to me, "You are my servant,(j) Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.(k)"
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Isaiah 49:4
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But I said, "I have labored in vain;(l) I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord 's hand,(m) and my reward(n) is with my God."(o)
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Isaiah 49:5
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And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb(p) to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel(q) to himself, for I am[a] honored(r) in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength(s)
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Isaiah 49:6
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he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant(t) to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.(u) I will also make you a light(v) for the Gentiles,(w) that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."(x)
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Isaiah 49:7
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This is what the Lord says— the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel(y)— to him who was despised(z) and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings(aa) will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down,(ab) because of the Lord , who is faithful,(ac) the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen(ad) you."
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Isaiah 49:8
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This is what the Lord says: "In the time of my favor(ae) I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;(af) I will keep(ag) you and will make you to be a covenant for the people,(ah) to restore the land(ai) and to reassign its desolate inheritances,(aj)
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Isaiah 49:9
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to say to the captives,(ak) ‘Come out,' and to those in darkness,(al) ‘Be free!' "They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.(am)
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Isaiah 49:10
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They will neither hunger nor thirst,(an) nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.(ao) He who has compassion(ap) on them will guide(aq) them and lead them beside springs(ar) of water.
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Isaiah 49:11
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I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways(as) will be raised up.(at)
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Isaiah 49:12
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See, they will come from afar(au)— some from the north, some from the west,(av) some from the region of Aswan.[b]"
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Isaiah 49:13
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Shout for joy,(aw) you heavens; rejoice, you earth;(ax) burst into song, you mountains!(ay) For the Lord comforts(az) his people and will have compassion(ba) on his afflicted ones.(bb)
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Isaiah 49:14
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But Zion(bc) said, "The Lord has forsaken(bd) me, the Lord has forgotten me."
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Isaiah 49:15
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"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child(be) she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!(bf)
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Isaiah 49:16
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See, I have engraved(bg) you on the palms of my hands; your walls(bh) are ever before me.
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Isaiah 49:17
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Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste(bi) depart from you.
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Isaiah 49:18
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Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather(bj) and come to you. As surely as I live,(bk)" declares the Lord , "you will wear(bl) them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
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Isaiah 49:19
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"Though you were ruined and made desolate(bm) and your land laid waste,(bn) now you will be too small for your people,(bo) and those who devoured(bp) you will be far away.
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Isaiah 49:20
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The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'(bq)
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Isaiah 49:21
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Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who bore me these?(br) I was bereaved(bs) and barren; I was exiled and rejected.(bt) Who brought these(bu) up? I was left(bv) all alone,(bw) but these—where have they come from?'"
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Isaiah 49:22
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This is what the Sovereign Lord (bx) says: "See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner(by) to the peoples; they will bring(bz) your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.(ca)
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Isaiah 49:23
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Kings(cb) will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.(cc) They will bow down(cd) before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust(ce) at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord ;(cf) those who hope(cg) in me will not be disappointed.(ch)"
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Isaiah 49:24
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Can plunder be taken from warriors,(ci) or captives be rescued from the fierce[c]?
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Isaiah 49:25
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But this is what the Lord says: "Yes, captives(cj) will be taken from warriors,(ck) and plunder retrieved from the fierce;(cl) I will contend with those who contend with you,(cm) and your children I will save.(cn)
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Isaiah 49:26
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I will make your oppressors(co) eat(cp) their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood,(cq) as with wine. Then all mankind will know(cr) that I, the Lord , am your Savior,(cs) your Redeemer,(ct) the Mighty One of Jacob.(cu)"
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