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44:1  But hear, now, O Yaakov My servant, Yisrael whom I have chosen!

מד:א  וְעַתָּה שְׁמַע יַעֲקֹב עַבְדִּי וְיִשְׂרָאֵל בָּחַרְתִּי בוֹ׃

2  Thus said Hashem, your Maker, Your Creator who has helped you since birth: Fear not, My servant Yaakov, Jeshurun whom I have chosen,

ב  כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה עֹשֶׂךָ וְיֹצֶרְךָ מִבֶּטֶן יַעְזְרֶךָּ אַל־תִּירָא עַבְדִּי יַעֲקֹב וִישֻׁרוּן בָּחַרְתִּי בוֹ׃

21  Remember these things, O Yaakov For you, O Yisrael, are My servant: I fashioned you, you are My servant— O Yisrael, never forget Me.

כא  זְכָר־אֵלֶּה יַעֲקֹב וְיִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי עַבְדִּי־אָתָּה יְצַרְתִּיךָ עֶבֶד־לִי אַתָּה יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא תִנָּשֵׁנִי׃

45:4  For the sake of My servant Yaakov, Yisrael My chosen one, I call you by name, I hail you by title, though you have not known Me.

l’-MA-an av-DEE ya-a-KOV v’-yis-ra-AYL b’-khee-REE va-ek-RA l’-KHA bish-ME-kha a-kha-n’-KHA v’-LO y’-da-TA-nee

מה:ד  לְמַעַן עַבְדִּי יַעֲקֹב וְיִשְׂרָאֵל בְּחִירִי וָאֶקְרָא לְךָ בִּשְׁמֶךָ אֲכַנְּךָ וְלֹא יְדַעְתָּנִי׃

45:4   For the sake of My servant YaakovYisrael My chosen one

The speed with which Cyrus rose to world dominion was nothing short of miraculous. At the beginning of the chapter, Yeshayahu predicts that on the night Cyrus will march his army into Babylonia, the gates of the city will be left open. In Cyrus’s own chronicle of his conquest, he describes in amazement how the gates of the cities opened before his armies. According to the prophet, this will be a sign to the new king Cyrus that he was chosen for a larger, divine purpose — restoring the People of Israel to their natural home. Indeed, one of the first things Cyrus does as king is grant permission to the Jews to return to Israel and to rebuild the Beit Hamikdash (see Ezra 1), as predicted above (44:26-28).


48:20  Go forth from Babylon, Flee from Chaldea! Declare this with loud shouting, Announce this, Bring out the word to the ends of the earth! Say: “Hashem has redeemed His servant Yaakov!”

מח:כ  צְאוּ מִבָּבֶל בִּרְחוּ מִכַּשְׂדִּים בְּקוֹל רִנָּה הַגִּידוּ הַשְׁמִיעוּ זֹאת הוֹצִיאוּהָ עַד־קְצֵה הָאָרֶץ אִמְרוּ גָּאַל יְהֹוָה עַבְדּוֹ יַעֲקֹב׃

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