God Calls King Cyrus by Name
This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold
of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors
before him so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of
bronze and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that
you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow
on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen
you, though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is
none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the
LORD, do all these things.
"You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the
earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD,
have created it.
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