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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.

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