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!’”
45:15 Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden,
O God of Israel, deliverer!
45:16 They will all be ashamed and embarrassed;
those who fashion idols will all be humiliated. 8
45:17 Israel will be delivered once and for all by the Lord; 9
you will never again be ashamed or humiliated. 10
45:18 For this is what the Lord says,
the one who created the sky –
he is the true God, 11
the one who formed the earth and made it;
he established it,
he did not create it without order, 12
he formed it to be inhabited –
“I am the Lord, I have no peer.
45:21 Tell me! Present the evidence! 13
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; 14
there is none but me.
45:22 Turn to me so you can be delivered, 15
all you who live in the earth’s remote regions!
For I am God, and I have no peer.
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.
8 tn “together they will walk in humiliation, the makers of images.”
9 tn Heb “Israel will be delivered by the Lord [with] a permanent deliverance.”
10 tn Heb “you will not be ashamed and you will not be humiliated for ages of future time.”
11 tn Heb “he [is] the God.” The article here indicates uniqueness.
12 tn Or “unformed.” Gen 1:2 describes the world as “unformed” (תֹהוּ, tohu) prior to God’s creative work, but God then formed the world and made it fit for habitation.
13 tn Heb “Declare! Bring near!”; NASB “Declare and set forth your case.” See 41:21.
14 tn Or “a righteous God and deliverer”; NASB, NIV, NRSV “a righteous God and a Savior.”
15 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.”