12-13 “Listen, Jacob. Listen, Israel—
    I’m the One who named you!
I’m the One.
    I got things started and, yes, I’ll wrap them up.
Earth is my work, handmade.
    And the skies—I made them, too, horizon to horizon.
When I speak, they’re on their feet, at attention.

14-16 “Come everybody, gather around, listen:
    Who among the gods has delivered the news?
I, God, love this man Cyrus, and I’m using him
    to do what I want with Babylon.
I, yes I, have spoken. I’ve called him.
    I’ve brought him here. He’ll be successful.
Come close, listen carefully:
    I’ve never kept secrets from you.
    I’ve always been present with you.”

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

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