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Isaiah 50:8

    Isaiah 50:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He is near that justifies me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is my adversary? let him come near to me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He is near that justifieth me; who will content with me? let us stand up together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who takes up my cause is near; who will go to law with me? let us come together before the judge: who is against me? let him come near to me.

    Webster's Revision

    He is near that justifieth me; who will content with me? let us stand up together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

    World English Bible

    He is near who justifies me; who will bring charges against me? Let us stand up together: who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand up together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

    Definitions for Isaiah 50:8

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 50:8

    Who will contend with me - The Bodleian MS. and another add the word הוא hu; מי הוא יריב mi hu yarib, as in the like phrase in the next verse; and in the very same phrase Job 13:19, and so likewise in many other places, Job 17:3; Job 41:1. Sometimes on the like occasions it is מי זה mi zeh, and מי הוא זה mi hu zeh, "Who is this one?" The word has probably been lost out of the present text; and the reading of the MSS. above mentioned seems to be genuine.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 50:8

    He is near that justifieth me - That is, God, who will vindicate my character, and who approves what I do, does not leave nor forsake me, and I can with confidence commit myself and my cause to him (see the note at Isaiah 49:4). The word justify here is not used in the sense in which it is often in the Scriptures, to denote the act by which a sinner is justified before God, but in the proper, judicial sense, that he would declare him to be righteous; he would vindicate his character, and show him to be innocent. This was done by all the testimonies of God in his favor - by the voice which spake from heaven at his baptism - by the miracles which he performed, showing that he was commissioned and approved by God - by the fact that even Pilate was constrained to declare him innocent - by the wonders that attended his crucifixion, showing that 'he was a righteous man,' even in the view of the Roman centurion Luke 23:47, and by the fact that he was raised from the dead, and was taken to heaven, and placed at the right hand of the Father - thus showing that his whole work was approved by God, and furnishing the most ample vindication of his character from all the accusations of his foes.

    Who will contend with me? - This question indicates confidence in God, and in the integrity of his own character. The language is taken from transactions in the courts of justice; and it is a solemn call, on any who would dare to oppose him, to enter into a trial, and allege the accusations against him before the tribunal of a holy God.

    Let us stand together - Before the seat of judgment as in a court (compare the note at Isaiah 41:1).

    Who is mine adversary? - Margin, 'Who is the master of my cause?' The Hebrew is 'Lord (בעל ba‛al) of judgment.' The expression means not merely one who has a lawsuit, or a cause, but one who is 'lord of the judgment,' i. e, possessor of the cause, or one who has a claim, and can demand that the judgment should be in his favor. And the call here is on any who should have such a claim to prefer against the Messiah; who should have any real ground of accusation against him; that is, it is an assertion of innocence.

    Let him come near to me - Let him come and make his charges, and enter on the trial.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 50:8

    50:8 Justifieth - God will clear up my righteousness, and shew by many and mighty signs and wonders, that I lived and died his faithful servant. Let him come - l am conscious of mine own innocency, and I know that God will give sentence for me.