NASB — Isaiah 49 — KJV

Salvation Reaches to the End of the Earth

  1 Listen to Me, O aislands,
  And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
  bThe LORD called Me from the womb;
  From the Ibody of My mother He named Me.
  2 He has made My amouth like a sharp sword,
  In the bshadow of His hand He has concealed Me;
  And He has also made Me a Iselect carrow,
  He has hidden Me in His quiver.
  3 He said to Me, “aYou are My Servant, Israel,
  bIn Whom I will Ishow My glory.”
  4 But I said, “I have atoiled in vain,
  I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
  Yet surely the justice [due] to Me is with the LORD,
  And My breward with My God.”

[1] ILit inward parts aIs 42:4 bIs 44:2, 24; 46:3; Jr 1:5
[2] IOr sharpened aIs 11:4; He 4:12; Rv 1:16; 2:12, 16 bIs 51:16 cHab 3:11
[3] IOr glorify Myself aZc 3:8 bIs 44:23
[4] aIs 65:23 bIs 35:4; 59:18

  5 ¶ And now says athe LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
  To bring Jacob back to Him, so that bIsrael might be gathered to Him
  (For I am chonored in the sight of the LORD,
  And My God is My dstrength),
  6 He says, “It is too Ismall a thing that You should be My Servant
  To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the apreserved ones of Israel;
  I will also make You a blight IIof the nations
  So that My salvation may IIIreach to the cend of the earth.”
  7 Thus says the LORD, the aRedeemer of Israel [and] its Holy One,
  To the bdespised One,
  To the One abhorred by the nation,
  To the Servant of rulers,
  “cKings will see and arise,
  Princes will also dbow down,
  Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

[5] aIs 44:2 bIs 11:12; 27:12 cIs 43:4 dIs 12:2
[6] ILit light IIOr to IIILit be aPs 37:28; 97:10 bIs 42:6; 51:4; Lk 2:32; Ac 13:47; 26:23 cIs 48:20
[7] aIs 48:17 bPs 22:6-8; 69:7-9; Is 53:3 cIs 52:15 dIs 19:21, 23; 27:13; 66:23

  8 ¶ Thus says the LORD,
  “In a afavorable time I have answered You,
  And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
  And I will bkeep You and cgive You for a covenant of the people,
  To Idrestore the land, to make [them] inherit the desolate heritages;
  9 Saying to those who are abound, ‘Go forth,’
  To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
  Along the roads they will feed,
  And their pasture [will be] on all bbare heights.
  10 “They will anot hunger or thirst,
  Nor will the scorching bheat or sun strike them down;
  For cHe who has compassion on them will dlead them
  And will guide them to esprings of water.
  11 “I will make all aMy mountains a road,
  And My bhighways will be raised up.
  12 “Behold, these will come afrom afar;
  And lo, these [will come] from the bnorth and from the west,
  And these from the land of Sinim.”
  13 aShout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
  Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
  For the bLORD has comforted His people
  And will chave compassion on His afflicted.

[8] ILit establish aPs 69:13; 2Co 6:2 bIs 26:3; 27:3; 42:6 cIs 42:6 dIs 44:26
[9] aIs 42:7; 61:1; Lk 4:18 bIs 41:18
[10] aIs 33:16; 48:21; Rv 7:16 bPs 121:6 cIs 14:1 dPs 23:2; Is 40:11 eIs 35:7; 41:17
[11] aIs 40:4 bIs 11:16; 19:23; 35:8; 62:10
[12] aIs 49:1; 60:4 bIs 43:5, 6
[13] aIs 44:23 bIs 40:1; 51:3, 12 cIs 54:7, 8, 10

Promise to Zion

  14 ¶ But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
  And the Lord has forgotten me.”
  15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child
  And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
  Even these may forget, but aI will not forget you.
  16 “Behold, I have ainscribed you on the palms [of My hands];
  Your bwalls are continually before Me.
  17 “Your Ibuilders hurry;
  Your adestroyers and devastators
  Will depart from you.
  18aLift up your eyes and look around;
  bAll of them gather together, cthey come to you.
  dAs I live,” declares the LORD,
  “You will surely eput on all of them as Ijewels and bind them on as a bride.
  19 “For ayour waste and desolate places and your destroyed land
  Surely now you will be btoo cramped for the inhabitants,
  And those who cswallowed you will be far away.
  20 “The achildren of Iwhom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears,
  ‘The place is too cramped for me;
  Make room for me that I may live [here].’
  21 “Then you will asay in your heart,
  ‘Who has begotten these for me,
  Since I have been bereaved of my children
  And am bbarren, an cexile and a wanderer?
  And who has reared these?
  Behold, I was dleft alone;
  IeFrom where did these come?’”

[15] aIs 44:21
[16] aSo 8:6; Hg 2:23 bPs 48:12, 13; Is 62:6, 7
[17] ISo ancient versions and DSS; M.T. reads sons aIs 10:6; 37:18
[18] ILit an ornament aIs 60:4; Jn 4:35 bIs 43:5; 54:7; 60:4 cIs 49:12 dIs 45:23; 54:9 eIs 52:1; 61:10
[19] aIs 1:7; 3:8; 5:6; 51:3 bIs 54:1, 2; Zc 10:10 cPs 56:1, 2
[20] ILit your bereavement aIs 54:1-3
[21] ILit These, where are they? aIs 29:23; 54:6, 7 bIs 27:10; Lm 1:1 cIs 5:13 dIs 1:8 eIs 60:8

22 ¶ Thus says the Lord IGOD,
  “Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations
  And set up My astandard to the peoples;
  And they will bbring your sons in [their] bosom,
  And your daughters will be carried on [their] shoulders.
  23aKings will be your guardians,
  And their princesses your nurses.
  They will bbow down to you with their faces to the earth
  And click the dust of your feet;
  And [you] will dknow that I am the LORD;
  Those who hopefully ewait for Me will fnot be put to shame.

[22] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aIs 11:10, 12; 18:3; 62:10 bIs 14:2; 43:6; 60:4
[23] aIs 14:1, 2; 60:3, 10, 11 bIs 45:14; 60:14 cPs 72:9; Mi 7:17 dIs 41:20; 43:10; 60:16 ePs 37:9; Is 25:9; 26:8 fPs 25:3; Is 45:17; Jol 2:27

  24 ¶ “aCan the prey be taken from the mighty man,
  Or the captives of Ia tyrant be rescued?”
25 Surely, thus says the LORD,
  “Even the acaptives of the mighty man will be taken away,
  And the prey of the tyrant will be rescued;
  For I will contend with the one who contends with you,
  And I will bsave your sons.
  26 “I will feed your aoppressors with their bown flesh,
  And they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine;
  And call flesh will know that I, the LORD, am your dSavior
  And your eRedeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

[24] ISo ancient versions and DSS; M.T. reads the righteous, cf v 25 aMt 12:29; Lk 11:21
[25] aIs 10:6; 14:1, 2; Jr 50:33, 34 bIs 25:9; 33:22; 35:4
[26] aIs 9:4; 14:4; 16:4; 51:13; 54:14 bIs 9:20 cIs 45:6; Ezk 39:7 dIs 43:3 eIs 49:7


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Christ, being sent to the Jews, complaineth of them.

1 ¶ Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3 And said unto me, Thou [art] my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: [yet] surely my judgment [is] with the LORD, and my work with my God.

[1] Ps 71:5; Is 41:1; 42:1, 12; 45:22; 49:5; 51:5; 55:3; 57:19; 60:9; 66:19; Jr 1:5; Zp 2:11; Mt 1:20; Lk 1:15, 31; 2:10; Jn 10:36; Ga 1:15; Ep 2:17; He 12:25; 1P 1:20.
[2] Ps 45:2, 5; 91:1; Is 11:4; 42:1; 50:4; 51:16; 61:1; Jr 1:18; 15:19; Ho 6:5; Lk 23:46; He 4:12; Rv 1:16; 2:12; 19:15.
[3] Is 42:1; 43:21; 44:23; 52:13; 53:10; Zc 3:8; Mt 17:5; Lk 2:10; Jn 12:28; 13:31; 15:8; 17:1, 4; Ep 1:6; Php 2:6; 1P 2:9.
[4] Lv 26:20; Ps 22:22; Is 40:10; 53:10; 62:11; 65:2; Ezk 3:19; Mt 17:17; 23:37; Lk 24:26; Jn 1:11; 17:4; Ro 10:21; 2Co 2:15; 12:15; Ga 4:11; Php 2:9; He 12:2.

He is sent to the Gentiles with gracious promises.

5 ¶ And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb [to be] his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, [and] his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, [and] the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. 8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that [are] in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures [shall be] in all high places. 10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

[5] Ps 110:1; Is 49:1; 56:8; Mt 3:17; 11:27; 15:24; 17:5; 21:37; 23:37; 28:18; Lk 19:42; Jn 3:35; 5:20; Ac 10:36; Ro 15:8; Ep 1:20; 1Th 2:15; 1P 3:22.
[6] 2K 3:18; 20:10; Ps 98:2; Is 11:10; 24:14; 42:6; 46:13; 52:10; 60:3; Lk 2:32; 24:46; Jn 1:4; Ac 13:47; 26:18.
[7] Ps 2:10; 22:6; 68:31; 69:7, 19; 72:10; Is 42:1; 48:7; 49:23; 52:15; 53:3; 60:3, 10, 16; Zc 11:8; Mt 20:28; 26:67; 27:38; Lk 22:27; 23:18, 23, 35; Jn 18:40; 19:6, 15; 1P 2:4; Rv 3:7; 11:15.
[8] Ps 2:8; 69:13; 75:3; Is 42:1, 6; 49:19; 50:7; 51:3, 16; 54:3; 58:12; 61:4; Mt 26:28; Jn 11:41; Ac 2:24; 2Co 6:2; Ep 1:6; 2:12; He 5:7; 8:6; 12:24.
[9] Dt 32:13; Ps 22:26; 23:1; 69:33; 102:20; 107:10; 146:7; Is 5:17; 9:2; 42:7, 16; 55:1; 60:1; 61:1; 65:13; Ezk 34:13, 23, 29; Jol 3:18; Zc 9:11; Lk 1:79; 4:18; Jn 6:53; 8:12; 10:9; Ac 26:18; 2Co 4:4; Ep 5:8, 14; Col 1:13; 1Th 5:5; 1P 2:9.
[10] Ps 23:2; 121:5; Is 4:6; 25:4; 32:2; 54:10; Jr 31:9; Ezk 34:23; Mt 5:6; Jn 6:35; 10:3; Rv 7:16.
[11] Ps 107:4, 7; Is 11:16; 35:8; 40:3; 43:19; 57:14; 62:10; Lk 3:4; Jn 14:6.
[12] Ps 22:27; 72:10, 17; Is 2:2; 11:10; 43:5; 60:9; 66:19; Mi 4:2; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Mt 8:11; Lk 13:29; Rv 7:9; 11:15.

God's love is perpetual to his Church.

13 ¶ Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. 14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me. 17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

[13] Ps 96:11; 98:4; Is 12:1; 40:1; 42:10; 44:23; 51:3; 52:9; 55:12; 61:2; 66:13; Jr 31:13; Lk 2:13; 15:10; 2Co 7:6; 2Th 2:16; Rv 5:8; 7:9.
[14] Ps 13:1; 22:1; 31:22; 77:6; 89:38; Is 40:27; Jr 23:39; Lm 5:20; Ro 11:1.
[15] Lv 26:29; Dt 28:56; 1K 3:26; 2K 6:28; 11:1; Ps 103:13; Is 44:21; Jr 31:20; Lm 4:3, 10; Ho 11:1; Mal 3:17; Mt 7:11; Ro 1:31; 11:28.
[16] Ex 13:9; So 8:6; Is 26:1; 54:12; 60:18; Jr 22:24; Hg 2:23; Rv 21:10.
[17] Ezr 1:5; Ne 2:4, 17; Is 49:19; 51:13, 18, 22; 62:5; Ezk 28:24.

The ample restoration of the Church.

18 ¶ Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, [and] come to thee. [As] I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them [on thee], as a bride [doeth]. 19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place [is] too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where [had] they [been]? 22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in [their] arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon [their] shoulders. 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with [their] face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I [am] the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

[18] Gn 13:14; 22:16; Pv 17:6; Is 43:5; 49:12, 22; 54:1, 9; 60:4, 5; 61:10; 66:12, 20; Jr 2:32; 31:8; Mt 13:41; Ga 3:28; He 6:13; Rv 21:2; 22:15.
[19] Ps 56:1; 124:3; Pv 1:12; Is 49:8, 17, 25; 51:3; 54:1; Jr 30:16, 18; 33:10; 51:33, 44; Ezk 36:3, 9; Ho 1:10; Zc 2:4, 11; 10:10.
[20] Jsh 17:14; 2K 6:1; Is 51:3; 54:1; 60:4; Ho 1:10; Mt 3:9; Ga 4:26.
[21] Is 3:26; 51:17; 52:2; 54:3; 60:15; 62:4; 64:10; Jr 31:15; Lm 1:1; Mt 24:29; Lk 21:24; Ro 11:11, 24, 26; Ga 3:29; 4:26.
[22] Ps 22:27; 67:4; 72:8, 17; 86:9; Is 2:2; 11:10; 42:1; 49:12; 60:3; 66:20; Mal 1:11; Lk 13:29.
[23] Gn 43:26; Nu 11:12; Ezr 1:2; 6:7; 7:11; Ne 2:6; Es 8:1; Ps 2:10; 25:3; 34:22; 68:31; 69:6; 72:9, 10; 138:4; Is 25:9; 45:14; 49:7; 52:15; 60:3, 10, 14, 16; 62:2; 64:4; Mi 7:17; Ro 5:5; 9:33; 10:11; 1P 2:6; Rv 3:9; 21:24.

The powerful deliverance out of captivity.

24 ¶ Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

[24] Ezr 9:9, 13; Ne 9:33, 37; Ps 124:6; 126:1; Is 42:22; 53:12; Jr 25:6, 11; Ezk 37:3, 11; Mt 12:29; Lk 11:21.
[25] Gn 12:3; Nu 23:8; Is 10:27; 41:11; 52:2; 54:13, 15; Jr 29:10; 50:17, 33; 51:35; Zc 9:11, 13; 12:3; 14:3, 12; Ro 8:31; Ga 4:26; He 2:14; 1Jn 3:8; Rv 18:20.
[26] Jg 7:22; Ps 9:16; 58:10; 83:18; Is 9:20; 41:14; 45:6; 60:16; Ezk 39:7; Rv 14:20; 15:3; 16:6; 17:6.


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