that there is no God but me;
I am the Lord, I have no peer.
and creates darkness; 4
the one who brings about peace
and creates calamity. 5
I am the Lord, who accomplishes all these things.
45:8 O sky, rain down from above!
Let the clouds send down showers 6 of deliverance!
and deliverance may sprout up 9 along with it.
I, the Lord, create it. 10
1 tn The words “I do this” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
2 tn Heb “they” (so KJV, ASV); TEV, CEV “everyone”; NLT “all the world.”
4 tn On the surface v. 7a appears to describe God’s sovereign control over the cycle of day and night, but the following statement suggests that “light” and “darkness” symbolize “deliverance” and “judgment.”
5 sn This verses affirms that God is ultimately sovereign over his world, including mankind and nations. In accordance with his sovereign will, he can cause wars to cease and peace to predominate (as he was about to do for his exiled people through Cyrus), or he can bring disaster and judgment on nations (as he was about to do to Babylon through Cyrus).
6 tn Heb “let the clouds drip with”; KJV “let the skies pour down.”
7 tn Heb “open up” (so NASB); NIV, NLT “open wide.”
8 tc The plural verb should be emended to a singular form. The vav (ו) ending is probably virtually dittographic (note the yod at the beginning of the following word).
9 tc The Hiphil verb form (תַצְמִיחַ, tatsmiakh) should probably be emended to a Qal (תִצְמַח, titsmakh). The יח sequence at the end of the form is probably due to dittography (note the following יַחַד, yakhad).
10 tn The masculine singular pronominal suffix probably refers back to יָשַׁע (yasha’, “salvation”).