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TitleIsaiah 45
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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The Lord’s Power and Supreme Power (45:7–13)

The Lord

7“I form the light
and create darkness;

I make peace
and create calamity.[1]

I the LORD, do all these things.

8Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;

let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth,
and let it cause righteousness to spring up together.

I, the LORD, have created it.”


9Woe to him, a potsherd among the potsherds of the ground, who strives with his Fashioner.
Does the clay say to its Fashioner,


“What are you making?”

Or “Your work has no hands”?


10Woe to him, who says to a father,

Unnamed individual

“What are you begetting?”


Or to a woman,

Unnamed individual

“What are you bearing?”


11Thus says the LORD,
the Holy One of Israel and its Fashioner:

The Lord

“Ask me concerning things to come;
will you command Me concerning my children and concerning the work of My hands?

12I made the earth,
and I have created the human upon it.

It is I; My hands stretched out the heavens,
and commanded all their hosts.

13It is I; I have aroused him in righteousness,
and I will make straight all his ways;

he will build My city
and set free My exiles,

not for price
nor reward,”


says the LORD of Hosts.


Nations Will Acknowledge the Lord (45:14–17)


14Thus says the LORD,

The Lord

“The wealth of Egypt, and the merchandise of Cush,
and the Sabeans, people of stature,

will pass over to you and be yours;
they will walk behind you.

They will pass over to you in chains, and bow down to you;
they will make supplications:

People of stature

‘Surely God is with you,
and there is none other save God.’”


15Truly You are a God who hides Yourself,

O God of Israel,
the Savior.

16All of them are shamed and confounded;
together they walk in confusion, the makers of idols.

17Israel is saved by the LORD
with an everlasting salvation.

The Lord (to His people)

You will not be shamed
nor confounded for all eternity.


The Lord Is God of the Whole Earth (45:18–25)


18For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens,
He is God, who fashioned the earth

and made it.
He established it;

He did create it—not a chaos—
He formed it to be inhabited.

The Lord

“I am the LORD,
and there is no other.

19I did not speak in secret at a place in the land of darkness;
I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in chaos.’

I, the LORD, speak the truth,
declaring what is right.

20Assemble yourselves and come;
draw near, survivors of nations.

They who carry their idol of wood know nothing;
they who pray to a god that cannot save.

21Declare and bring it forth.
Let them counsel together.

Who announced this long ago?
Was it not I, the LORD, who declared it of old?

And there is no other God beside Me, a righteous God
and the Savior; there is none besides Me.

22Turn to Me and be saved,
all ends of the earth,

for I am God,
and there is no other.

23I have sworn by Myself;
righteousness has gone forth from My mouth,
and a word that will not return.

For every knee will bow,
and every tongue will swear to Me.

24Moreover, let it be said:

Unnamed individuals

‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength!
To Him will come all who were angry against Him, and they will be ashamed.

25Through the Lord, all the seed of Israel will become righteous,
and they will glory.’”


[1] Our all-powerful God is in control of all things, including peace and calamity (the Hebrew word ra‘ is sometimes difficult to translate; it can mean “calamity,” “evil,” “of little worth,” “reprobate,” and so forth).


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 45:1