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1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; 2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: 3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. 5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. 9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? 10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? 11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. 12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts. 14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God. 15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. 16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. 17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. 20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. 25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

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1 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Here the Hebrew word לִמְשִׁיחוֹ "L'moshicho" (Messiah) is used in connection with King Cyrus."
2 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Cyrus the Persian King is referred to here as the "Messiah" in Hebrew. He is the one prophesied about who will subdue nations and loosen the loins of Kings. These prophecies which are incorrectly attributed to Jesus are referring instead to Cyrus who was the one who gave the "word" to rebuild the Holy Temple."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Hear O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is One."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "God wants us to know that He allows evil to exist in order to give us the possibility of "free-will". The Scripture states in Deuteronomy 30:19 - This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.What kind of "choice" would exist if we didn't have the ability to choose something other than good if only goodness and kindness existed. Here, God let's us know that evil is not something that comes from an external force, but was created in order to serve a higher purpose, to be able to allow us to reject the evil and "choose good". This is the ultimate goal of humanity; to overcome our egotistical and selfish desires which drive us to do things we shouldn't and to re-train ourselves to love God and love others. When we are able to make these choices for ourselves, evil has served a higher purpose because it was the tool which challenged us and allowed us to strengthen our resolve to become better. This is why God is "proud" (so to speak) that he created evil, because evil serves a higher purpose when overcome and is only a means to an ultimate end, the spiritual growth of mankind."
5 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "In Hebrew יוֹצֵר אוֹר וּבוֹרֵא חֹשֶׁךְ "Yotzer Ohr, U'Boreh Chosech" means I [God] formed the light and created darkness. Formation and creation are two distinct things. Formation is taking something that already exists [God's light] and fashioning it into something good. Since God is completely good, all of creation was formed in God's light. Darkness [evil] on the other hand is not part of God but was created separately so serve a higher purpose and allow for free-will. This is why the Torah states that God formed light but created darkness. In truth, mankind can not "create" [ex-nihilo] anything, only God has that ability. All of man's greatest creations were merely formed from existing materials and minerals which God provided. Here, God let's us know who is really in charge of the universe and it's not man."
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Here, God is promising that in the end of days the nations that worshiped false gods will be confused and confounded about how they could believe such things. These nations really thought they were correct to worship someone other than God but later on they will see that Israel maintained the truth about the nature of the God of Israel. In the end, Israel will not be ashamed nor confused and Israel's salvation will be everlasting. While it's true that Israel is currently rejected, despised and humiliated, God is assuring his people that when the time comes they will be vindicated. God is telling the word that they have no knowledge, 'they pray to the wood (cross) of their graven image and pray to a god that cannot save them'. This is one of the most profound statements Isaiah made regarding the religion of Christianity."
7 Sarah R = "Only those with a grave misunderstanding of Christianity (or a hatred of Christianity) could say this verse applies to Christians. First, because Christians do not worship "wood" or even a cross made of wood, but rather we worship the God who was hung on the cross (and then came back to life). Second, because Christians believe in one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Creator of the universe, the God who sent His Son Jesus to save us, and He is mighty to save."
8 Sarah R = "This salvation from God comes through His Son, Jesus Christ:Matthew 1:21 "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."John 14:6 "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."Acts 10:43 "All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.""
9 Sarah R = "God is so great and mighty that there is nothing greater He can swear by then by Himself."
10 Sarah R = "Paul quotes this in Romans 14:10b-12For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me;    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God."