Isaiah 26:8
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New International Version
Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.

New Living Translation
LORD, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart's desire is to glorify your name.

English Standard Version
In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.

New American Standard Bible
Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.

King James Bible
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, Yahweh, we wait for You in the path of Your judgments. Our desire is for Your name and renown.

International Standard Version
Yes, LORD, in the path of your judgments we wait; your name and your Law are the soul's desire.

NET Bible
Yes, as your judgments unfold, O LORD, we wait for you. We desire your fame and reputation to grow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, we wait with hope for you, O LORD, [as we follow] the path of your guiding principles. We want to remember you and your name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, we wait for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name and to the remembrance of thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name, and to the remembrance of you.

American King James Version
Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name, and to the remembrance of you.

American Standard Version
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Jehovah, have we waited for thee; to thy name, even to thy memorial name , is the desire of our soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, we have patiently waited for thee: thy name, and thy remembrance are the desire of the soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Jehovah, have we waited for thee; the desire of [our] soul is to thy name, and to thy memorial.

English Revised Version
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; to thy name and to thy memorial is the desire of our soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

World English Bible
Yes, in the way of your judgments, Yahweh, have we waited for you. Your name and your renown are the desire of our soul.

Young's Literal Translation
Also, in the path of Thy judgments, O Jehovah, we have waited for Thee, To Thy name and to Thy remembrance Is the desire of the soul.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:5-11 The way of the just is evenness, a steady course of obedience and holy conversation. And it is their happiness that God makes their way plain and easy. It is our duty, and will be our comfort, to wait for God, to keep up holy desires toward him in the darkest and most discouraging times. Our troubles must never turn us from God; and in the darkest, longest night of affliction, with our souls must we desire him; and this we must wait and pray to him for. We make nothing of our religion, whatever our profession may be, if we do not make heart-work of it. Though we come ever so early, we shall find God ready to receive us. The intention of afflictions is to teach righteousness: blessed is the man whom the Lord thus teaches. But sinners walk contrary to him. They will go on in their evil ways, because they will not consider what a God he is whose laws they persist in despising. Scorners and the secure will shortly feel, what now they will not believe, that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. They will not see the evil of sin; but they shall see. Oh that they would abandon their sins, and turn to the Lord, that he may have mercy upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Yea, in the way of thy judgments... have we waited for thee; rather, we waited. During the long years of our affliction and persecution in the world, we waited in the constant expectation that "thy judgments" would fall upon our persecutors. We were not impatient. We knew that thou wouldst visit us at the tilting time. The desire of our soul is to thy Name; rather, the desire of our soul was to thy Name. During all the weary time of waiting, we longed for thee, and thy Name, or rather what thy Name indicates, thy own true self. In default of thy actual presence, we desired to have thee ever in remembrance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee,.... Meaning by "judgments" either the ministration of the word and ordinances, called statutes and judgments, Psalm 147:19 an attendance on which is the right way of waiting upon God, and where it may be expected he will be found and manifest himself, and favour with his gracious presence; or else the corrections and chastisements, which are done in wisdom and with judgment, in measure and in mercy, and in a fatherly way, and for good; and so the sense is, that they had not only followed the Lord in a plain and even way, but even in the more rugged paths of afflictive dispensations; nor did these things at all move them from their duty to him, and worship of him:

the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee; to God himself, and to a remembrance of his nature, perfections, and works; to Christ, whose name is as ointment poured forth, and whose person is desirable, because of his glory, beauty, and fulness, because of his offices, and blessings of grace; and to his Gospel, which publishes and proclaims him, his grace, and salvation; and to his ordinances, which refresh the memory of his people concerning him, and his love to them shown in what he has done and suffered for them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. way of thy judgments—We have waited for Thy proceeding to punish the enemy (Isa 26:9, 10) [Maurer]. Horsley translates Isa 26:7, 8, "The path of the Just One is perfectly even; an even road Thou wilt level for the Just One, even the path of Thy laws, O Jehovah. We have expected Thee."

name … remembrance—the manifested character of God by which He would be remembered (Isa 64:5; Ex 3:15).

Isaiah 26:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Song of Trust in God's Provision
7The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. 8Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. 9At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.…
Cross References
Exodus 3:15
God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' "This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Isaiah 12:4
In that day you will say: "Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

Isaiah 24:15
Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 25:1
LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 26:13
LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.

Isaiah 30:18
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 49:23
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed."

Isaiah 51:4
"Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.

Isaiah 56:1
This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

Micah 4:5
All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name, and to the remembrance of you.

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Isaiah 64:4,5 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived …

Numbers 36:13 These are the commandments and the judgments…

Job 23:10-12 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come …

Psalm 18:23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psalm 44:17,18 All this is come on us; yet have we not forgotten you, neither have …

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness …

Malachi 4:4 Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him …

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

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Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God; we have waited …

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, …

Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be you their arm …

Psalm 37:3-7 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and …

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my …

Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they …

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the …

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

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Psalm 13:1,2 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 63:1-3 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none on earth that I …

Psalm 77:10-12 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of …

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart …

Psalm 143:5,6 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse …

Songs 1:2-4 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better …

Songs 2:3-5 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among …

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