“Who has roused a victor from the east?
Who summoned him to service?
He delivers up nations to him.
He tramples kings under foot.
He makes them
Like dust with his sword.
He makes them
Like driven stubble with his bow.
He pursues them.
He passes on safely,
Scarcely toughing the path
With his feet.
Who has performed this?
Who has done this?
He is calling the generations
From the beginning.
I am the first!
I will be with the last.”
Second Isaiah wants to know who has summoned the victor conquer from the east for service. This victor from the east was Cyrus, the King of Persia from 559-530 BCE, more than two centuries after the time of Isaiah. Cyrus the Great created the largest empire in the world with present day Iran the last vestige of that realm. Cyrus took over many countries, trampling kings. He made them like dust or stubble with his sword as well as his bow and arrows. He pursued many people, but he was always safe with his fast feet that barely touched the ground. Second Isaiah points out that Yahweh was behind Cyrus. Who allowed him to do all these things? Why it was Yahweh, who interjected himself in the first person singular, saying that he was eternally the first and the last.
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