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13 With my own hand
I created the earth
    and stretched out the sky.
They obey my every command.

The Lord Speaks to the Nations

14 Gather around me, all of you!
    Listen to what I say.
Did any of your idols
    predict this would happen?
Did they say that my friend[a]
would do
what I want done
    to Babylonia?[b]
15 I was the one who chose him.
I have brought him this far,
    and he will be successful.

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Footnotes

  1. 48.14 my friend: Probably Cyrus (see 44.28; 45.1).
  2. 48.14 Babylonia: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 14.

13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,(A)
    and my right hand spread out the heavens;(B)
when I summon them,
    they all stand up together.(C)

14 “Come together,(D) all of you, and listen:
    Which of the idols has foretold(E) these things?
The Lord’s chosen ally(F)
    will carry out his purpose(G) against Babylon;(H)
    his arm will be against the Babylonians.[a]
15 I, even I, have spoken;
    yes, I have called(I) him.
I will bring him,
    and he will succeed(J) in his mission.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 48:14 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 20

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