Proverbs 16:1; Proverbs 16:4; Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 16:33; Proverbs 21:1; Isaiah 45:1-7

16  The plans of the heart belong to man,

but lthe answer of the tongue is from the Lord.


pThe Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even qthe wicked for the day of trouble.


yThe heart of man plans his way,

but zthe Lord establishes his steps.


33  kThe lot is cast into the lap,

but its every decision is lfrom the Lord.


21  The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;

he yturns it wherever he will.


Cyrus, God's Instrument

45  Thus says the Lord to phis anointed, to Cyrus,

qwhose right hand I have grasped,

to subdue nations before him

and rto loose the belts of kings,

to open doors before him

that gates may not be closed:

I will go before you

and slevel the exalted places,1

tI will break in pieces the doors of bronze

and cut through the bars of iron,

uI will give you the treasures of darkness

and the hoards in secret places,

that you may know that it is I, the Lord,

the God of Israel, vwho call you by your name.

For the sake of my servant Jacob,

and Israel my chosen,

vI call you by your name,

wI name you, though you do not know me.

xI am the Lord, and there is no other,

besides me there is no God;

yI equip you, though you do not know me,

zthat people may know, from the rising of the sun

and from the west, that there is none besides me;

I am the Lord, and there is no other.

I form light and create darkness;

I make well-being and acreate calamity;

I am the Lord, who does all these things.