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Isaiah 64:8

    Isaiah 64:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But now, O Lord, you are our father; we are the earth, and you are our maker; and we are all the work of your hand.

    Webster's Revision

    But now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

    World English Bible

    But now, Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

    Definitions for Isaiah 64:8

    Art - "Are"; second person singular.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 64:8

    But, now, O Lord, thou art our Father "But thou, O Jehovah, thou art our Father" - For ועתה veattah, and now, five MSS., one of them ancient, and the two oldest editions, 1486 and 1488, have ואתה veattah, and thou, and so the Chaldee seems to have read. The repetition has great force. The other word may be well spared. "But now, O Lord, thou art our Father." How very affectionate is the complaint in this and the following verses! But how does the distress increase, when they recollect the desolations of the temple, and ruin of public worship, Isaiah 64:11 : "Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burnt up with fire," etc.

    We all are the work of thy hand - Three MSS. (two of them ancient) and the Septuagint read מעשה maaseh, the work, without the conjunction ו vau prefixed. And for ידך yadecha, thy hand, the Bodleian, and two others MSS., the Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read ידיך yadeycha, thy hands, in the plural number. - L.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 64:8

    But now, O Lord, thou art our Father - (See the notes at Isaiah 63:16).

    We are the clay - The idea seems to be, that their condition then had been produced by him as clay is moulded by the potter, and that they were to be returned and restored entirely by him - as they had no more power to do it than the clay had to shape itself. The sense is, that they were wholly in his hand and at his disposal (see the notes at Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 45:9).

    And thou our potter - Thou hast power to mould us as the potter does the clay.

    And we all are the work of thy hand - That is, as the vessel made by the potter is his work. We have been formed by thee, and we are dependent on thee to make us what thou wilt have us to be. This whole verse is an acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God. It expresses the feeling which all have when under conviction of sin; and when they are sensible that they are exposed to the divine displeasure for their transgressions. Then they feel that if they are to be saved, it must be by the mere sovereignty of God; and then they implore his interposition to 'mould and guide them at his will.'

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 64:8

    64:8 Our father - Notwithstanding all this thou art our father both by creation, and by adoption, therefore pity us thy children.