1; God calls Cyrus for his church's sake.
5; By his omnipotency he challenges obedience.
20; He convinces the idols of vanity by his saving power.
* to his.
13:3 44:28 1Ki 19:15 Jer 27:6
41:13 42:6 Ps 73:23
* holden. or, strengthened.
* to subdue.
41:2,25 Ezr 1:1 Jer 50:3,35 51:11,20-24 Da 5:6,28-30 7:5 8:3
* to open.
All the streets of Babylon, leading on each side to the river,
were secured by two leaved brazen gates, and these were
providentially left open when Cyrus's forces entered the city
in the night, through the channel of the river, in the general
disorder occasioned by the great feast which was then
celebrated; otherwise, says Herodotus, the Persians would have
been shut up in the bed of the river, as in a net, and all
destroyed. The gates of the palace were also imprudently
opened to ascertain the occasion of the tumult; when the two
parties under Gobrias and Gadatas rushed in, got possession of
the palace, and slew the king.