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Isaiah 45:14

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The Lord is the Nations’ Only Hope

45:14 This is what the Lord says:

“The profit 1  of Egypt and the revenue 2  of Ethiopia,

along with the Sabeans, those tall men,

will be brought to you 3  and become yours.

They will walk behind you, coming along in chains. 4 

They will bow down to you

and pray to you: 5 

‘Truly God is with 6  you; he has no peer; 7 

there is no other God!’”

1 tn Heb “labor,” which stands metonymically for the fruits of labor, either “monetary profit,” or “products.”

2 tn Or perhaps, “merchandise” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); NAB “the gain of Ethiopia”; CEV “the treasures of Ethiopia.”

3 tn Heb “they will pass over to you”; NASB, NIV “will come over to you”; CEV “will belong to you.”

4 sn Restored Israel is depicted here in typical ancient Near Eastern fashion as an imperial power that receives riches and slaves as tribute.

5 sn Israel’s vassals are portrayed as so intimidated and awed that they treat Israel as an intermediary to God or sub-deity.

6 tn Or perhaps, “among.” Cf. KJV, ASV “Surely God is in thee.”

7 tn Heb “there is no other” (so NIV, NRSV). The same phrase occurs at the end of v. 18, in v. 21, and at the end of v. 22.



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