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Cyrus, God’s Instrument

45 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
To (A)Cyrus, whose (B)right hand I have [a]held—
(C)To subdue nations before him
And (D)loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:

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  1. Isaiah 45:1 strengthened or sustained

‘I will go before you
(A)And[a] make the [b]crooked places straight;
(B)I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.

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  1. Isaiah 45:2 Tg. I will trample down the walls; Vg. I will humble the great ones of the earth
  2. Isaiah 45:2 DSS, LXX mountains

Her gates have sunk into the ground;
He has destroyed and (A)broken her bars.
(B)Her king and her princes are among the [a]nations;
(C)The Law is no more,
And her (D)prophets find no [b]vision from the Lord.

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  1. Lamentations 2:9 Gentiles
  2. Lamentations 2:9 Prophetic revelation

I will also break the gate (A)bar of Damascus,
And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven,
And the one who [a]holds the scepter from [b]Beth Eden.
The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir,”
Says the Lord.

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  1. Amos 1:5 Rules
  2. Amos 1:5 Lit. House of Eden

13 Surely, (A)your people in your midst are women!
The gates of your land are wide open for your enemies;
Fire shall devour the (B)bars of your gates.

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