Isaiah 45:12
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New International Version
It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.

New Living Translation
I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the stars are at my command.

English Standard Version
I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

New American Standard Bible
"It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.

King James Bible
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I made the earth, and created man on it. It was My hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

International Standard Version
I myself made the earth and personally created humankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the skies; I marshaled all their starry hosts."

NET Bible
I made the earth, I created the people who live on it. It was me--my hands stretched out the sky, I give orders to all the heavenly lights.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I made the earth and created humans on it. I stretched out the heavens with my own hands. I commanded all the stars [to shine].

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have made the earth, and created man upon it, I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens and I have commanded all their host.

King James 2000 Bible
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

American King James Version
I have made the earth, and created man on it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

American Standard Version
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens; and all their host have I commanded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I made the earth: and I created man upon it: my hand stretched forth the heavens, and I have commanded all their host.

Darby Bible Translation
It is I that have made the earth, and created man upon it; it is I, my hands, that have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

English Revised Version
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

World English Bible
I have made the earth, and created man on it. I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens; and I have commanded all their army.

Young's Literal Translation
I made earth, and man on it prepared, I -- My hands stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

45:11-19 Believers may ask in prayer for what they need; if for their good, it will not be withheld. But how common to hear God called to account for his dealings with man! Cyrus provided for the returning Jews. Those redeemed by Christ shall be provided for. The restoration would convince many, and convert some; and all that truly join the Lord, find his service perfect freedom. Though God be his people's God and Saviour, yet sometimes he lays them under his frowns; but let them wait upon the Lord who hides his face. There is a world without end; and it will be well or ill with us, according as it shall be with us in that world. The Lord we serve and trust, is God alone. All that God has said is plain, satisfactory, and just. As God in his word calls us to seek him, so he never denied believing prayers, nor disappointed believing expectations. He gives grace sufficient, and comfort and satisfaction of soul.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - I, even my hands; literally, I, my hands; i.e. "my hands, and my hands alone." All their host. The "host of heaven" is sometimes put for the stars, and may be so understood here; but "commands" are laid on intelligent rather than on unintelligent beings. (The object of the verb tsavah in Hebrew is almost always personal.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have made the earth,.... The Targum adds, "by my Word"; the essential Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; see Hebrews 11:3, this, with what follows, is said to show that the Lord was able to bring to pass things to come, concerning his children, and the works of his hands, which he allowed his people to inquire of him concerning, and to insist upon the performance of them; since he was the Creator of all things, and had made the earth out of nothing, in the beginning of time, by the word of his power:

and created man upon it; the last and chief of the creation, for the sake of whom the earth was made; and man was made to dwell upon it, manure, and cultivate it:

I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens; as a canopy over the earth, as a curtain and tent to dwell in; a phrase often used to express the greatness and majesty of God; see Isaiah 40:22,

and all their host have I commanded; into being, and to perform their offices regularly and constantly, the sun, moon, and stars, as well as the heavenly host of angels; see Psalm 33:9, what is it that such a God cannot do? he is able to do more than his people can ask of him, or think to receive from him, Ephesians 3:20.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. The same argument for prayer, drawn from God's omnipotence and consequent power, to grant any request, occurs in Isa 40:26-31.

I, even my hands—so Hebrew (Ps 41:2), "Thou … thy hand" (both nominatives, in apposition).

Isaiah 45:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Calls Cyrus
11Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: "Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands. 12"It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host. 13"I have aroused him in righteousness And I will make all his ways smooth; He will build My city and will let My exiles go free, Without any payment or reward," says the LORD of hosts.
Cross References
Genesis 2:1
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

Deuteronomy 4:32
Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?

Ezra 1:2
"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

Nehemiah 9:6
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

Job 37:18
can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

Psalm 104:2
The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent

Isaiah 37:16
"LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

Isaiah 42:5
This is what God the LORD says-- the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:

Isaiah 44:24
"This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself,

Isaiah 45:18
For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Isaiah 48:13
My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together.

Isaiah 51:13
that you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?

Jeremiah 27:5
With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.
Treasury of Scripture

I have made the earth, and created man on it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

made the earth

Isaiah 45:18 For thus said the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that …

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, …

Isaiah 42:5 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched …

Genesis 1:26,27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and …

Psalm 102:25 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens …

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…

my hands

Isaiah 40:12,22 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted …

Isaiah 44:24 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the …

Jeremiah 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, …

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your …

Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which …

all their host

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Nehemiah 9:6 You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of …

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