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Isaiah 43:4

    Isaiah 43:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honorable, and I have loved you: therefore will I give men for you, and people for your life.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Since thou hast been precious in my sight, and honorable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men in thy stead, and peoples instead of thy life.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because of your value in my eyes, you have been honoured, and loved by me; so I will give men for you, and peoples for your life.

    Webster's Revision

    Since thou hast been precious in my sight, and honorable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men in thy stead, and peoples instead of thy life.

    World English Bible

    Since you have been precious and honored in my sight, and I have loved you; therefore I will give people in your place, and nations instead of your life.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Since thou hast been precious in my sight, and honourable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men for thee, and peoples for thy life.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 43:4

    Since thou wast precious in my sight - This verse contains another reason why God would defend and deliver them. That reason was, that he had loved them as his people; and he was willing, therefore, that other people should be overcome in order that they might be saved.

    Thou hast been honorable - This does not refer so much to their personal character, as to the fact that they had been honored by him with being the depository of the precious truths of his religion. It means that he had made them honorable by the favors bestowed on them; not that they were honorable in reference to their own personal character and worth.

    Therefore will I give men for thee - As in the case of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba Isaiah 43:3. He would cause other nations to be destroyed, if it were necessary, in order to effect their deliverance, and to restore them to their own land. We learn here:

    1. That nations and armies are in the hand of God, and at his disposal.

    2. That his people are dear to his heart, and that it is his purpose to defend them.

    3. That the revolutions among nations, the rise of one empire, and the fall of another, are often in order to promote the welfare of his church, to defend it in danger, and deliver it in time of calamity.

    4. That his people should put the utmost confidence in God as being able to defend them, and as having formed a purpose to preserve and save them.

    Expressions similar to those used in this verse occur frequently among the Arabians (see Rosenmuller in loc).

    For thy life - Margin, 'Person.' Hebrew, 'For thy soul;' that is, on account of thee; or in thy place (see the notes at Isaiah 43:3).

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 43:4

    43:4 Since - From the time that I chose thee for my people, I have had an affection for thee. Men - As I gave up the Egyptians, so I am ready to give up others to save thee, as occasion requires.