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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 Sara Di Diego = "King Cyrus was the King of Persia.  He had never been anointed by God, since he was not a Christian.  But Cyrus (also known as Koresh) was still revered by the Jews, since he set them free after conquering Babylon.  Since then many religious leaders have tried to take on this name, Koresh, such as David Koresh (who led the Waco siege in 1993) and Koresh (a 19th century spiritualist.Work Cited:White, L. "Rise of Christianity." Rise of Christianity. University of Texas - at Austin, Austin. 12 Feb. 2015. Lecture.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koresh"
2 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Hebrew word in this sentence is לִמְשִׁיחוֹ (L'Mshicho) which literally means "to His anointed". This is where the word "Moshiach or Messiah" comes from. There were many Messiah's throughout scriptures and any King who was anointed with oil was worthy of the title, even a Persian King like Cyrus. In addition, Cyrus was the one who gave the word to rebuild the Holy Temple as discussed in the book of Daniel 9 and Ezra 1."
3 Sara Di Diego = "King Cyrus (Koresh) had conquered land from "Egypt and the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and from Ethiopia to the Euxine Sea".Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/isaiah/isaiah-45.html"
4 Sara Di Diego = "The full verse is "loosen the girdle off the loins of kings".  The outer robe of the Orientals (which was tight against the loins) was thought to be a symbol for strength and preparedness for fighting.  Thus if these fastens were loosened, the enemy was not prepared, or strong, against them.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/isaiah/isaiah-45.html"
5 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Throughout the Book of Isaiah, God calls the nation of Israel his "servant" in the singular form. The story of the nation of Israel's metaphorical death and resurrection from the ashes of exile is the primary and constant theme of the Jewish Prophet known as Yishayahu (Isaiah)."
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Hebrew scriptures are consistent with the theme that God has no co-partner or equal. There is one Lord of Israel and there is none other who shares his glory."
7 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "In order to allow for the existence of free will, God needed to create the concept of evil in the world. Without the option to choose between good or bad, mankind can not feel a sense of accomplishment when we choose to conquer our animalistic inclination which leads us to temptation. God wants the reader to be aware that there is no other force controlling the earth (such as Satan) but it is God alone who creates light and dark, good and evil for the sake of mankind by providing him with the ability to learn from his mistakes. By attributing anything to something other than God, we are claiming that God is not fully in control and has relinquished some aspect to another being which is inconsistent with the teachings of the Hebrew scriptures. Here, God himself takes credit stating that he alone does these things."
8 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Isaiah is stating that ultimately, the nations that have been worshiping a man as a God will be ashamed and confused at how they could have followed such a blatantly false teaching. Israel however shall be saved with an everlasting salvation and in the end will not be ashamed for her steadfast belief in the God of Israel."