remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
y declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, z 'My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,'
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Who declared it from the beginning, that we might know, and beforehand, that we might say, "He is right"? There was none who declared it, none who proclaimed, none who heard your words.
Who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited,' and of the cities of Judah, 'They shall be built, and I will raise up their ruins'.
Who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose'; saying of Jerusalem, 'She shall be built,' and of the temple, 'Your foundation shall be laid.'
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath.