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.”
New International Version
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.
- Isaiah 48:14 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 20