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Chapter 45

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   1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I
   have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins
   of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall
   not be shut;

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

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

   4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even
   called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not
   known me.

   5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I
   girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

   6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west,
   that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

   7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil:
   I the LORD do all these things.

   8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down
   righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation,
   and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

   9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive
   with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that
   fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

   10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to
   the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

   11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me
   of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my
   hands command ye me.

   12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands,
   have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

   13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his
   ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for
   price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

   14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of
   Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee,
   and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they
   shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make
   supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is
   none else, there is no God.

   15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the

   16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall
   go to confusion together that are makers of idols.

   17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation:
   ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

   18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that
   formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not
   in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none

   19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said
   not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak
   righteousness, I declare things that are right.

   20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are
   escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of
   their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

   21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together:
   who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that
   time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just
   God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

   22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am
   God, and there is none else.

   23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in
   righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow,
   every tongue shall swear.

   24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and
   strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against
   him shall be ashamed.

   25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall
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   The deliverance of the Jews by Cyrus. (1-4) God calls for obedience to
   his almighty power. (5-10) The settlement of his people. (11-19) The
   conversion of the Gentiles. (20-25)1-4 Cyrus is called God's anointed;
   he was designed and qualified for his great service by the counsel of
   God. The gates of Babylon which led to the river, were left open the
   night that Cyrus marched his army into the empty channel. The Lord went
   before him, giving entrance to the cities he besieged. He gave him also
   treasures, which had been hidden in secret places. The true God was to
   Cyrus an unknown God; yet God foreknew him; he called him by his name.
   The exact fulfilment of this must have shown Cyrus that Jehovah was the
   only true God, and that it was for the sake of Israel that he was
   prospered. In all the changes of states and kingdoms, God works out the
   good of his church.
   5-10 There is no God beside Jehovah. There is nothing done without him.
   He makes peace, put here for all good; and creates evil, not the evil
   of sin, but the evil of punishment. He is the Author of all that is
   true, holy, good, or happy; and evil, error, and misery, came into the
   world by his permission, through the wilful apostacy of his creatures,
   but are restrained and overruled to his righteous purpose. This
   doctrine is applied, for the comfort of those that earnestly longed,
   yet quietly waited, for the redemption of Israel. The redemption of
   sinners by the Son of God, and the pouring out the Spirit, to give
   success to the gospel, are chiefly here intended. We must not expect
   salvation without righteousness; together the Lord hath created them.
   Let not oppressors oppose God's designs for his people. Let not the
   poor oppressed murmur, as if God dealt unkindly with them. Men are but
   earthen pots; they are broken potsherds, and are very much made so by
   mutual contentions. To contend with Him is as senseless as for clay to
   find fault with the potter. Let us turn God's promises into prayers,
   beseeching him that salvation may abound among us, and let us rest
   assured that the Judge of all the earth will do right.
   11-19 Believers may ask in prayer for what they need; if for their
   good, it will not be withheld. But how common to hear God called to
   account for his dealings with man! Cyrus provided for the returning
   Jews. Those redeemed by Christ shall be provided for. The restoration
   would convince many, and convert some; and all that truly join the
   Lord, find his service perfect freedom. Though God be his people's God
   and Saviour, yet sometimes he lays them under his frowns; but let them
   wait upon the Lord who hides his face. There is a world without end;
   and it will be well or ill with us, according as it shall be with us in
   that world. The Lord we serve and trust, is God alone. All that God has
   said is plain, satisfactory, and just. As God in his word calls us to
   seek him, so he never denied believing prayers, nor disappointed
   believing expectations. He gives grace sufficient, and comfort and
   satisfaction of soul.
   20-25 The nations are exhorted to draw near to Jehovah. None besides is
   able to help; he is the Saviour, who can save without the assistance of
   any, but without whom none can save. If the heart is brought into the
   obedience of Christ, the knee will cheerfully obey his commands. To
   Christ men shall come from every nation for blessings; all that hate
   his cause shall be put to shame, and all believers shall rejoice in him
   as their Friend and Portion. All must come to him: may we now come to
   him as the Lord our Righteousness, walking according to his
   Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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