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I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

41:25 one from the north. This “one” also seems to be the emperor Cyrus (see note on Isaiah 41:2). Although both Persia and Babylon were east of Israel, Cyrus had conquered Babylon after first conquering Media north of Babylon.

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