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Isaiah 38:16

    Isaiah 38:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    O LORD, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    O LORD, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so will you recover me, and make me to live.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    O Lord, by these things men live; And wholly therein is the life of my spirit: Wherefore recover thou me, and make me to live.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    O Lord, for this cause I am waiting for you, give rest to my spirit: make me well again, and let me come back to life.

    Webster's Revision

    O Lord, by these things men live; And wholly therein is the life of my spirit: Wherefore recover thou me, and make me to live.

    World English Bible

    Lord, men live by these things; and my spirit finds life in all of them: you restore me, and cause me to live.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    O Lord, by these things men live, and wholly therein is the life of my spirit: wherefore recover thou me, and make me to live.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 38:16

    By these things men live "For this cause shall it be declared" - Περι αυτης γαρ ανηγγελη σοι, και εξηγειρας μου την πνοην, Sept. They read in their copies עליה יחוו לך ותחיי רוחי not very different from the present text, from which all the ancient Versions vary. They entirely omit two words, ולכל בהן ulecol bahen; as to which there is some variation in the MSS. One MS. has ובכל ubechol, and in all; two others וכל vechol, and all, and ten MSS. have בהם bahem, in them, in the masculine gender.

    Taking this as in the common Version, we may observe, it is not an unfrequent case, that afflictions, and especially such as tend to a speedy death, become the means, not only of saving the soul, but also of lengthening the life.

    Make me to live "Hast prolonged my life" - A MSS. and the Babylonish Talmud read ותחיני vetachayeni, and so the ancient Versions. It must necessarily be in the second person.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 38:16

    O Lord, by these things men live - The design of this and the following verses is evidently to set forth the goodness of God, and to celebrate his praise for what he had done. The phrase 'these things,' refers evidently to the promises of God and their fulfillment; and the idea is, that people are sustained in the land of the living only by such gracious interpositions as he had experienced. It was not because people had any power of preserving their own lives, but because God interposed in time of trouble, and restored to health when there was no human prospect that they could recover.

    And in all these things - In these promises, and in the divine interposition.

    Is the life of my spirit - I am alive in virtue only of these things.

    So wilt thou recover me - Or so hast thou recovered me; that is, thou hast restored me to health.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 38:16

    38:16 By these - By thy promises, and thy performance of them; therefore it is not strange, that one word of God hath brought me back from the jaws of death.