The Meaning of Isaiah 45:22 Explained

Isaiah 45:22

KJV: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

YLT: Turn to Me, and be saved, all ends of the earth, For I am God, and there is none else.

Darby: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

ASV: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.

What does Isaiah 45:22 Mean?

Verse Meaning

Since Yahweh alone saves, people and nations around the world should turn to Him for salvation (cf. Numbers 21:8-9). In so doing they could experience the same salvation that Israel would enjoy. Yahweh is the saving God of the whole earth, not just Israel, so salvation is available to all, not just Israel. God used this verse to bring the light of salvation to the English preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon when he was a youth.

Context Summary

Isaiah 45:14-25 - A Call To The Ends Of The Earth
As the prophet reviews God's method of delivering His people-so unexpected and so wonderful-he cannot restrain the ejaculation: Thou art a God that hidest thyself! "Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs and works His sovereign will." You do not see how God is going to save you; but most certainly His Angel will redeem you from all evil.
God contrasts Himself with idols, Isaiah 45:20. We can never seek His face in vain. They that trust in man or their own devices are doomed to disappointment; but faith and prayer make all the difference. He is "a just God and a Savior." This is the wonderful combination that the Cross reveals. See Romans 3:26; 1 John 1:9. Look to Him and be saved. Even if you dwell in a far land or at the ends of the earth, and even if you can only look toward Him with failing sight, remember that "there is life in a look." Dare to say, "In the Lord have I righteousness and strength." You have none of your own! Your strength is weakness! Your righteousness is full of flaws! Look to Him; boast in Him; and men shall come to you for your secret. [source]

Chapter Summary: Isaiah 45

1  God calls Cyrus for his church's sake
5  By his omnipotence he challenges obedience
20  He convinces the idols of vanity by his saving power

What do the individual words in Isaiah 45:22 mean?

Look to Me and be saved all you ends of the earth for I [am] God and [there is] no other
פְּנוּ־ אֵלַ֥י וְהִוָּשְׁע֖וּ כָּל־ אַפְסֵי־ אָ֑רֶץ כִּ֥י אֲנִי־ אֵ֖ל וְאֵ֥ין עֽוֹד

פְּנוּ־  Look 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperative, masculine plural
Root: פֹּונֶה 
Sense: to turn.
אֵלַ֥י  to  Me 
Parse: Preposition, first person common singular
Root: אֶל  
Sense: to, toward, unto (of motion).
וְהִוָּשְׁע֖וּ  and  be  saved 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Nifal, Imperative, masculine plural
Root: יָשַׁע 
Sense: to save, be saved, be delivered.
אַפְסֵי־  you  ends 
Parse: Adverb
Root: אֶפֶס 
Sense: ceasing, end, finality.
אָ֑רֶץ  of  the  earth 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: אֶרֶץ  
Sense: land, earth.
אֲנִי־  I  [am] 
Parse: Pronoun, first person common singular
Root: אֲנִי  
Sense: I (first pers.
אֵ֖ל  God 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: אֵל 
Sense: god, god-like one, mighty one.
וְאֵ֥ין  and  [there  is]  no 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Adverb
Root: אַיִן 
Sense: nothing, not, nought n.
עֽוֹד  other 
Parse: Adverb
Root: עֹוד  
Sense: a going round, continuance adv.