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Isaiah 45:21-25

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45:21 Tell me! Present the evidence! 1 

Let them consult with one another!

Who predicted this in the past?

Who announced it beforehand?

Was it not I, the Lord?

I have no peer, there is no God but me,

a God who vindicates and delivers; 2 

there is none but me.

45:22 Turn to me so you can be delivered, 3 

all you who live in the earth’s remote regions!

For I am God, and I have no peer.

45:23 I solemnly make this oath 4 

what I say is true and reliable: 5 

‘Surely every knee will bow to me,

every tongue will solemnly affirm; 6 

45:24 they will say about me,

“Yes, the Lord is a powerful deliverer.”’” 7 

All who are angry at him will cower before him. 8 

45:25 All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the Lord

and will boast in him. 9 

1 tn Heb “Declare! Bring near!”; NASB “Declare and set forth your case.” See 41:21.

2 tn Or “a righteous God and deliverer”; NASB, NIV, NRSV “a righteous God and a Savior.”

3 tn The Niphal imperative with prefixed vav (ו) indicates purpose after the preceding imperative. The Niphal probably has a tolerative sense, “allow yourselves to be delivered, accept help.”

4 tn Heb “I swear by myself”; KJV, NASB “have sworn.”

5 tn Heb “a word goes out from my mouth [in] truth and will not return.”

6 tn Heb “swear” (so KJV, NAB, NIV, NRSV); NLT “confess allegiance.”

7 tn Heb “‘Yes, in the Lord,’ one says about me, ‘is deliverance and strength.’”

8 tn Heb “will come to him and be ashamed.”

9 tn Heb “In the Lord all the offspring of Israel will be vindicated and boast.”



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