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Isaiah 55:12

    Isaiah 55:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For you will go out with joy, and be guided in peace: the mountains and the hills will make melody before you, and all the trees of the fields will make sounds of joy.

    Webster's Revision

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.

    World English Bible

    For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 55:12

    The mountains and the hills - These are highly poetical images to express a happy state attended with joy and exultation.

    Ipsi laetitia voces ad sidera jactant

    Intonsi montes: ipsae jam carmina rupes,

    Ipsa sonant arbusta.

    Virg. Ecclesiastes 5:61.

    "The mountain tops unshorn, the rocks rejoice;

    The lowly shrubs partake of human voice."

    Dryden.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 55:12

    For ye shall go out with joy - This language is that which is properly applicable to the exiles in Babylon, but there can be no doubt that the prophet looks also to the future happier times of the Messiah (compare the notes at Isaiah 52:7).

    The mountains and the hills - Language like this is common in Isaiah, where all nature is called on to rejoice, or where inanimate objects are represented as expressing their sympathy with the joy of the people of God (see the note at Isaiah 14:8; Isaiah 35:1-2, Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 42:10-11; Isaiah 44:23). Indeed, this imagery is common in all poetry. Thus, Virgil:

    Ipsi laetitia voces ad sidera jactant,

    Intonsi montes: ipsae jam carmina rupes,

    Ipsa sonant arhusta.

    Ec. v. 62ff.

    The untill'd mountains strike the echoing sky;

    And rocks and towers the triumph speed abroad.

    Wrangham

    Such language occurs especially in the poetry of the Orientals. Thus, when the god Ramar was going to the desert, says Roberts, it was said to him, 'The trees will watch for you; they will say, He is come, he is come; and the white flowers will clap their hands. The leaves as they shake will say, Come, come, and the thorny places will be changed into gardens of flowers.'

    And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands - To clap the hands is expressive of joy and rejoicing (compare 2 Kings 11:12; Psalm 47:1). Thus, in Psalm 98:8, it is said:

    Let the floods clap their hands;

    Let the hills be joyful together.

    Among the Jews the language was sometimes used to express malignant joy at the calamity of others (compare Job 27:3; Job 34:37; Lamentations 2:15; Ezekiel 25:6). Here it is an expression of the universal rejoicing which would attend the extension of the kingdom of God on the earth.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 55:12

    55:12 Therefore - Ye shall be released from your bondage. Peace - Safely and triumphantly. Clap - There shall be a general rejoicing, so that even the senseless creatures shall seem to rejoice with you.