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Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

41:2 righteous man from the east. This is a remarkable prophecy of the rapid rise to world power by Cyrus, the future king of the great Persian Empire. The very name Cyrus is actually foreseen in Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1. See footnote on Isaiah 45:4.

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