1 The Lord has chosen Cyrus to be king. He has appointed him to conquer nations; he sends him to strip kings of their power; the Lord will open the gates of cities for him. To Cyrus the Lord says,
2 “I myself will prepare your way, leveling mountains and hills. I will break down bronze gates and smash their iron bars.
3 I will give you treasures from dark, secret places; then you will know that I am the Lord and that the God of Israel has called you by name.
4 I appoint you to help my servant Israel, the people that I have chosen. I have given you great honor, although you do not know me.
5 “I am the Lord; there is no other god. I will give you the strength you need, although you do not know me.
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit,
8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and [in] Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.
9 For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God
Scripture quotations marked (GNT) are from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.