Isaiah 45:5
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New International Version
I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,

New Living Translation
I am the LORD; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don't even know me,

English Standard Version
I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me,

New American Standard Bible
"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;

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am Yahweh, and there is no other; there is no God but Me. I will strengthen you, though you do not know Me,

International Standard Version
I am the LORD, and there is no other besides me: and there are no gods. I'm strengthening you, although you have not acknowledged me,

NET Bible
I am the LORD, I have no peer, there is no God but me. I arm you for battle, even though you do not recognize me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am the LORD, and there is no other. There is no other God besides me. I will strengthen you, although you don't know me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am the LORD, and there is no one else; there is no God beside me; I shall gird thee, though thou hast not known me

King James 2000 Bible
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God besides me: I girded you, though you have not known me:

American King James Version
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded you, though you have not known me:

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God, besides me: I girded thee, and thou hast not known me:

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

English Revised Version
I am the LORD, and there is none else; beside me there is no God: I will gird thee, though thou hast not known me:

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

World English 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;

Young's Literal Translation
I am Jehovah, and there is none else, Except Me there is no God, I gird thee, and thou hast not known Me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

45:5-10 There is no God beside Jehovah. There is nothing done without him. He makes peace, put here for all good; and creates evil, not the evil of sin, but the evil of punishment. He is the Author of all that is true, holy, good, or happy; and evil, error, and misery, came into the world by his permission, through the wilful apostacy of his creatures, but are restrained and overruled to his righteous purpose. This doctrine is applied, for the comfort of those that earnestly longed, yet quietly waited, for the redemption of Israel. The redemption of sinners by the Son of God, and the pouring out the Spirit, to give success to the gospel, are chiefly here intended. We must not expect salvation without righteousness; together the Lord hath created them. Let not oppressors oppose God's designs for his people. Let not the poor oppressed murmur, as if God dealt unkindly with them. Men are but earthen pots; they are broken potsherds, and are very much made so by mutual contentions. To contend with Him is as senseless as for clay to find fault with the potter. Let us turn God's promises into prayers, beseeching him that salvation may abound among us, and let us rest assured that the Judge of all the earth will do right.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - I girded thee. As God "loosed the loins" of Cyrus's adversaries (ver. 1), to weaken them, so he "girded" those of Cyrus, to give him strength (comp. Psalm 18:32).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am the Lord, and there is none else,.... Whom thou, O Cyrus, for the words are directed to him, ought to own, serve, and worship:

there is no God besides me; in heaven or earth, in any of the countries conquered by thee, and thou rulest over; for though there were gods and lords many, so called, these were only nominal fictitious deities; not gods by nature, as he was; of which the following, as well as what is before said, is a proof:

I girded thee, though thou hast not known me; the Lord girded him with a royal girdle, a symbol of kingly power; he made him king over many nations; he girded him with strength, courage, and valour for war; and made him so expeditious, successful, and victorious, as he was, though a Heathen prince, and ignorant of him, in order to answer some valuable ends of his own glory, and the good of his people, and particularly for what follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. (Isa 42:8; 43:3, 11; 44:8; 46:9).

girded thee—whereas "I will loose (the girdle off) the loins of kings" (Isa 45:1), strengthening thee, but enfeebling them before thee.

though … not known me—(Isa 45:4). God knows His elect before they are made to know Him (Ga 4:9; Joh 15:16).

Isaiah 45:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Calls Cyrus
4"For the sake of Jacob My servant, And Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor Though you have not known Me. 5"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; 6That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other,…
Cross References
Exodus 9:14
or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.

Deuteronomy 4:35
You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God; besides him there is no other.

Deuteronomy 32:39
"See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.

Psalm 18:31
For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

Psalm 18:32
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

Psalm 18:39
You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.

Isaiah 43:10
"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.

Isaiah 44:6
"This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

Isaiah 44:8
Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."

Isaiah 45:1
"This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:

Isaiah 45:6
so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:14
This is what the LORD says: "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans-- they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, 'Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.'"

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 45:21
Declare what is to be, present it-- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.

Isaiah 46:9
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.

Isaiah 47:8
"Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.'

Ezekiel 30:24
I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a mortally wounded man.

Joel 2:27
Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.
Treasury of Scripture

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded you, though you have not known me:

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Isaiah 45:14-18,21,22 Thus said the LORD, The labor of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia …

Isaiah 44:8 Fear you not, neither be afraid: have not I told you from that time, …

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none …

Deuteronomy 4:35,39 To you it was showed, that you might know that the LORD he is God; …

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

1 Kings 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and …

Joel 2:27 And you shall know that I am in the middle of Israel, and that I …

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Hebrews 1:8,9 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

I girded thee

Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your …

Ezra 1:2 Thus said Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven has given …

Job 12:18,21 He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle…

Psalm 18:32,39 It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect…

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