Isaiah 45:5

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Isaiah 45:5

I am the Lord, and there is none els, there is no God besides me: I girded thee, though thou hast not knowen me:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I am Jehovah, and there is none else; besides me there is no God. I will gird thee, though thou hast not known me;
- American Standard Version (1901)

I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God but me: I will make you ready for war, though you had no knowledge of me:
- Basic English Bible

I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else; there is no God beside me: I girded thee, and thou hast not known me;
- Darby Bible

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God besides me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
- Webster's Bible

I am Yahweh, and there is none else. Besides me, there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not known me;
- World English Bible

I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else, Except Me there is no God, I gird thee, and thou hast not known Me.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I am the LORD, and there is none else, beside Me there is no God; I have girded thee, though thou hast not known Me;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Isaiah 45:5

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 45:5

45:5 I girded - I made thee strong and active, and disposed thee for these great and warlike enterprizes.

Discussion for Isaiah 45:5

  • Jack Gutknecht on Isaiah 45:5
    Why would a loving God "create darkness" and "disaster"? (Isaiah 45:7)

    7 I form the light and create darkness,

    I bring prosperity and create disaster;

    I, the Lord, do all these things. (NIV)
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 45:5
    Isaiah 45:7, "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."

    These verses from verse 1 to 7, is a discourse to Cyrus, the Persian King, revealing Who this God is, Who will use the king as His instrument. So verse 7 comes as a further reminder to Cyrus that this God is unlike anyone else: He creates Light & He has the power to remove it (once Light from a source is removed, darkness prevails - it's the default with light's absence). He can bring about peace (or, happiness, prosperity) & also can remove that (thereby evil will become present & rampant, as a default state, with Satan's affectation upon man & the world). The Lord has the power to do all things, which the Persian gods could never do.

    To be able to correctly understand the 'behaviour' of a Holy God Who can do no evil, for evil is never present within Him, the only way that I can read this verse, is to know that the God Who creates, can also remove (i.e. the opposite is 'created') & not that God has any unjustified evil planned that He wants to create. However, it is true, God does bring on 'evil', as in consigning men to hell, but that comes as a justified punishment for man's disobedience & rejection of Him.
  • M - in Reply on Isaiah 45:5
    I remember reading that the first time and thinking the same thing.

    The first thing I'd say is not to use NIV, instead use KJV. Modern translations are less accurate.

    God created people, and is therefore responsible for His creations. As an example, if someone chooses to do someone else harm for an unholy reason, that person must reap what they've sown. It's up to God to give that person a perfect punishment(assuming they are unrepenting nonbelievers), and in order to do that God must create a situation in which there's a fitting disaster for them. Only then is "balance" restored, and do people get what they deserve.

    Loving doesn't mean God won't uphold morality and justice, but it does mean He is merciful.

    Disaster exists because of sin. God doesn't enjoy causing disaster, but it is necessary.
  • Robert Malit - in Reply on Isaiah 45:5
    Light = good = understanding and knowledge Christians gained from the written word of God

    Darkness = evil = trials, tribulations and all sorts of problems encountered by Christians = use by God to test our faith in God

    If & when Christians chose not to rely on own understanding, seek God's wisdom, able to go through trials/problems, by faith able to solve problems. During the process - made mistakes but learned new things - what works, what doesn't work gained wisdom, leads to success

    Prosperity - successful life on earth while having intimate fellowship with God.

    Disaster - however, if and when Christians because of prideful desires, chose not to seek God's guidance, continue to struggle, makes mistakes after mistakes, discouraged, get addicted into something - bring disaster to self - broken relationships.

    God created all these things for our common good. God loves us, gave us freedom to see the light, darkness, prosperity and disaster to teach us lessons, to purge and cleanse us from our self-centered free will walking in the flesh versus walking in the spirit.
  • Rob on Isaiah 45:5
    Isaiah 45 v 5

    God states that there is No God beside me .

    This was way before Jesus ascension up into heaven , correct ?

    So now Jesus is sitting at the Fathers right hand beside God .

    Would God still say this now ?

    Yes Jesus was not there before , and no man hath seen God , but now the man Jesus is at Gods right hand .
  • Debra on Isaiah 45:5
    Thank you for that most beautiful answer Bob..I have been praying that God would reveal His answer to me..and He has fulfilled that prayer request through you....Blessings Brother..
  • Debra Cox on Isaiah 45:5
    The Jews believe Christians are blasphemers because we believe in God the Father, Yeshua/Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit..Why does God proclaim to be the only God in Isaiah when John 1 tells us that in reference to Yashua/Jesus..the world was made by him for him and through him and God the Father calls Jesus/Yashua god in Hebrews 1:9
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 45:5
    Debra, Bob's metaphor of man's three parts is apt, as also with the Sun (its three parts being:its substance, its heat, its light). Without even one of these parts, the Sun would cease to be a Sun as we know it. So too, God has revealed Himself to us in three Persons (not three separate people). If God were to remove even one of His Persons, He would cease to be God. In a weak description, God the Father is the Substance, His Word Jesus Christ is the Light (Jn 1:1, 8:12), His Spirit is the Heat, type of presence & power of God in us & in the world (Acts 2:4, Jn 16:8). Many religions believe we are wrong in believing this, but it is just that they are unable to understand it. Keep believing.
  • Debra - in Reply on Isaiah 45:5
    Thank you Chris. I have learned that scripture is mostly 3 dementional. For instance, where Scripture reads that Rachel wept for her children, is when Herod had the males killed under 2. The reason that Jacob buried his true love Rachel on the trail was because her descendants were in that area. So most likely it was her children who were killed..
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 45:5
    I agree Debra: Scripture is replete with multiple applications/dimensional, both in the O.T. and N.T. After all, prophecies were given to help the people of God (Israel) know His Mind (though with limited view/understanding) & to have hope when sometimes all hope was gone. As His children now (through the shed Blood of Christ), we receive those prophecies, as some are both historically accomplished, and yet with another fulfilment for the future. In a world of woe & continual spiritual & moral degradation, the believer too can find light & hope through the expected fulfilment of prophecies & walk on confidently when there remains no more hope for those outside Christ.


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