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Esajas 45

Kyros—Guds redskab

1Hør, hvad Herren siger til sin udvalgte tjener, Kyros: „Det er mig, som giver dig magt til at erobre mange nationer og knuse mægtige konger. Det er mig, som åbner porte og døre på vid gab for dig. Jeg går foran dig og jævner vejen. Jeg sprænger porte af bronze og hugger gennem slåer af jern. Jeg giver dig skjulte skatte og rigdomme, som ligger gemt i mørket. For du skal vide, at det er mig, Israels Gud, som står bag din succes, at jeg, Herren, har udvalgt dig.

Jeg gør det for Israels skyld, mit udvalgte folk, som tjener mig. Derfor har jeg udpeget dig til at udføre min vilje. Jeg har givet dig den ære til trods for, at du ikke kender mig.

Jeg er Herren! Der findes ingen anden Gud end mig! Jeg giver dig magt, skønt du ikke kender mig, så hele verden fra øst til vest kan indse, at der ikke findes nogen anden Gud end mig. Jeg er Herren, den eneste sande Gud. Jeg sender lys, og jeg skaber mørke, jeg velsigner, og jeg straffer. Det kommer alt sammen fra mig. Jeg åbner himlens sluser og lader min godheds regn strømme ned fra skyerne. Jorden skal opsuge den, så frelsen spirer frem og retfærdigheden gror.”

Ve det menneske, som gør oprør imod sin Skaber. Det er jo kun som en lerkrukke blandt andre lerkrukker. Siger leret måske til pottemageren: „Hvad er det, du laver?” eller: „Du har jo ingen hænder!” 10 Ve den, der siger til sine forældre: „Hvem har givet jer lov til at sætte mig i verden?”

11 Hør hvad Herren, Israels hellige Gud og Skaber, siger: „Skal jeg stå til regnskab for, hvad jeg gør med mine skabninger? Vil I fortælle mig, hvad jeg skal gøre med det, jeg har skabt? 12 Det var mig, der skabte jorden og satte menneskene på den. Med mine egne hænder udspændte jeg himlen og befalede stjernerne at indtage deres pladser. 13 Jeg tilkalder Kyros og baner vejen for ham, for han skal udføre min vilje. Han skal sætte mit bortførte folk fri og være med til at genopbygge min by uden betaling eller løn.” Herren, den Almægtige, har talt.

Den eneste sande Gud

14 Herren siger også: „Du vil få Egyptens rigdom, de bedste varer fra Kush og de fornemme mænd fra Seba som slaver. De vil komme som fanger, bøje sig til jorden og udbryde: ‚Jeres Gud er den eneste sande Gud!’ ”

15 Israels Gud, du er den Gud, man ikke kan se, du er vores Frelser. 16 Alle, som laver afguder, vil blive til spot, de går skamfulde bort. 17 Men Israels folk bliver ikke til spot, for Herren vil befri dem, og de skal aldrig mere være slaver.

18 Herren, som skabte himlen, som formede jorden og satte den på sin plads, som ikke lod den være øde, men gjorde den beboelig, siger: „Der findes ingen anden Gud end mig. 19 Jeg har ikke talt i det skjulte, i en mørk afkrog af verden. Jeg har ikke sagt til Israel, at de skulle søge efter mig der, hvor jeg ikke findes. Nej, jeg er Herren, jeg taler sandt og siger, hvad der er rigtigt.

20 Kom til mig, I, som undslap med livet i behold. Kan I se, hvor tåbeligt det er at bære rundt på træguder og bede til billeder, der ikke kan redde jer? 21 Indkald til rådslagning, kom og lad os tale sammen om det. Hvem var det, der forudsagde det? Var det ikke mig, Herren? For der er ingen anden Gud end mig—ingen anden retfærdig og frelsende Gud. 22 Vend jer til mig og bliv frelst, alle folk på jorden. For jeg er den eneste sande Gud. 23 Jeg sværger ved mig selv, min mund taler sandt, mit ord kan ikke ændres: Alle skal engang bøje knæ for mig, og alle skal erklære, at jeg er Gud. 24 Alle folkeslag skal erkende, at jeg er retfærdig og har al magt.”

Alle Herrens modstandere skal til sidst træde skamfulde frem for ham. 25 Men Israels folk skal fryde sig over Herren, som frelser dem.

New American Standard Bible

Isaiah 45

God Uses Cyrus

1Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him
And [a]to loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you and make the [b]rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
“I will give you the [c]treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
“For the sake of Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have not known Me.
“I am the Lord, and there is no other;
Besides Me there is no God.
I will [d]gird you, though you have not known Me;
That [e]men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing [f]well-being and creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these.

God’s Supreme Power

“Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to the one who quarrels with his [g]Maker—
An earthenware vessel [h]among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the [i]potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
10 “Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to a woman, ‘To what are you [j]giving birth?’”

11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his [k]Maker:

[l]Ask Me about the things to come [m]concerning My sons,
And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.
12 “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.
I stretched out the heavens with My hands
And I [n]ordained all their host.
13 “I have aroused him in righteousness
And I will make all his ways smooth;
He will build My city and will let My exiles go free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.

14 Thus says the Lord,

“The [o]products of Egypt and the merchandise of [p]Cush
And the Sabeans, men of stature,
Will come over to you and will be yours;
They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains
And will bow down to you;
They will make supplication to you:
[q]Surely, God is [r]with you, and there is none else,
No other God.’”
15 Truly, You are a God who hides Himself,
O God of Israel, Savior!
16 They will be put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
The manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17 Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.

18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it [s]a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited),

“I am the Lord, and there is none else.
19 “I have not spoken in secret,
In [t]some dark land;
I did not say to the [u]offspring of Jacob,
‘Seek Me in [v]a waste place’;
I, the Lord, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are upright.

20 “Gather yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
They have no knowledge,
Who carry about [w]their wooden idol
And pray to a god who cannot save.
21 “Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Savior;
There is none except Me.
22 “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 “I have sworn by Myself,
The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
24 “They will say of Me, ‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’
Men will come to Him,
And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25 “In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
Will be justified and will glory.”

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 45:1 Lit I will loose
  2. Isaiah 45:2 Another reading is mountains
  3. Isaiah 45:3 Or hoarded treasures
  4. Isaiah 45:5 Or arm
  5. Isaiah 45:6 Lit they
  6. Isaiah 45:7 Or peace
  7. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  8. Isaiah 45:9 Lit with
  9. Isaiah 45:9 Lit Fashioner
  10. Isaiah 45:10 Lit in labor pains with
  11. Isaiah 45:11 Lit Fashioner
  12. Isaiah 45:11 Or Will you ask
  13. Isaiah 45:11 Or upon
  14. Isaiah 45:12 Or commanded
  15. Isaiah 45:14 Lit labor
  16. Isaiah 45:14 Or Ethiopia
  17. Isaiah 45:14 Or God is with you alone
  18. Isaiah 45:14 Or in
  19. Isaiah 45:18 Or in vain
  20. Isaiah 45:19 Lit a place of a land of darkness
  21. Isaiah 45:19 Lit seed
  22. Isaiah 45:19 Or vain
  23. Isaiah 45:20 Lit the wood of their graven image