Isaiah 27:4
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New International Version
I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.

New Living Translation
My anger will be gone. If I find briers and thorns growing, I will attack them; I will burn them up--

English Standard Version
I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together.

Berean Study Bible
I am not angry, but if thorns and briers confronted me, I would march and trample them, I would burn them to the ground.

New American Standard Bible
"I have no wrath. Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them completely.

King James Bible
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

Christian Standard Bible
I am not angry. If only there were thorns and briers for me to battle, I would trample them and burn them to the ground.

Contemporary English Version
I am no longer angry. But if it produces thorns, I will go to war against it and burn it to the ground.

Good News Translation
I am no longer angry with the vineyard. If there were thorns and briers to fight against, I would burn them up completely.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am not angry, but if it produces thorns and briers for Me, I will fight against it, trample it, and burn it to the ground.

International Standard Version
I am not angry. If only the vineyard could give me briers and thorns to battle, I would march against it, and I would burn it all up.

NET Bible
I am not angry. I wish I could confront some thorns and briers! Then I would march against them for battle; I would set them all on fire,

New Heart English Bible
Wrath is not in me, but if I should find briers and thorns, I would do battle. I would march on them and I would burn them together.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am no longer angry. If only thorns and briars would confront me! I would fight them in battle and set all of them on fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Fury is not in Me; Would that I were as the briers and thorns in flame! I would with one step burn it altogether.

New American Standard 1977
“I have no wrath. Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them completely.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would tread them down, I would burn them together.

King James 2000 Bible
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

American King James Version
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

American Standard Version
Wrath is not in me: would that the briers and thorns were against me in battle! I would march upon them, I would burn them together.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is no indignation in m: who shall make me a thorn and a brier in battle: shall march against it, shall I set it on fire together?

Darby Bible Translation
Fury is not in me. Oh that I had briars [and] thorns in battle against me! I would march against them, I would burn them together.

English Revised Version
Fury is not in me: would that the briers and thorns were against me in battle! I would march upon them, I would burn them together.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

World English Bible
Wrath is not in me, but if I should find briers and thorns, I would do battle! I would march on them and I would burn them together.

Young's Literal Translation
Fury is not in Me; Who giveth Me a brier -- a thorn in battle? I step into it, I burn it at once.
Study Bible
The LORD's Vineyard
3I, the LORD, am its keeper; I water it continually. I guard it night and day so no one can disturb it. 4I am not angry, but if thorns and briers confronted me, I would march and trample them, I would burn them to the ground. 5Or let them lay claim to My protection; let them make peace with Me—yes, let them make peace with Me.”…
Cross References
Matthew 3:12
His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Hebrews 6:8
But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless, and its curse is imminent. In the end it will be burned.

2 Samuel 23:6
But the worthless are all like thorns raked aside, for they can never be gathered by hand.

Isaiah 10:17
And the Light of Israel will become a fire, and its Holy One a flame. In a single day it will burn and devour Assyria’s thorns and thistles.

Isaiah 33:12
The peoples will be burned to ashes, like thorns cut down and set ablaze.

Treasury of Scripture

Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

fury

Isaiah 12:1 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Isaiah 26:20,21 Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors …

Isaiah 54:6-10 For the LORD has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, …

Psalm 85:3 You have taken away all your wrath: you have turned yourself from …

Psalm 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth …

Nahum 1:3-7 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

who would

Isaiah 9:18 For wickedness burns as the fire: it shall devour the briers and …

Isaiah 10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame…

2 Samuel 23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, …

Malachi 4:3 And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under …

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, …

Hebrews 6:8 But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to …

go through. or, march against







(4) Fury is not in me.--Better, There is no wrath in me. Who will set briars and thorns before me? With war will I go forth against them; I will burn them up together. The reversal of the sentence is continued. Wrath against this vineyard has passed away from Jehovah. Should briars and thorns (symbols of the enemies of His people, as in Isaiah 9:18; Isaiah 10:17; 2Samuel 23:6-7; Ezekiel 2:6) spring up, he will do battle against them, and consume them utterly.

Verse 4. - Fury is not in me; i.e. "I am not now angered against my vineyard, as on the former occasion (Isaiah 5:4-7); or at any rate my anger now is not fury." (Isaiah frequently ascribes "fury" to God, as in Isaiah 34:2; Isaiah 42:25; Isaiah 51:17, 20, 22; Isaiah 59:18; Isaiah 63:3, 5, 6; Isaiah 66:15.) Who would set the briars and thorns against me in battle? The "briars and thorns" are apparently unrighteous members of the Church, who have fallen below their privileges. God asks, "Who will set the briars and thorns in array against me?" in a tone of contempt. "Who will dare to do battle against me with such weak material?" And then he adds a forecast of the result in such a case: "I would move forward; I would burn them all together" (comp. Isaiah 10:17). Fury is not in me,.... Against his vineyard he takes so much care of, his church and people, whom he has loved with an everlasting love; they are indeed deserving of his wrath, but he has not appointed them to it, but has appointed his Son to bear it for them, who has delivered them from wrath to come, and they being justified by his blood and righteousness, are saved from it; and though the Lord chastises them for their sins, yet not in wrath and sore displeasure; there is no wrath or fury in his heart towards them, nor any expressed in the dispensations of his providence:

who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? either suggesting the weakness of his people, who, was he to deal with them as their sins and corruptions deserved, for which they may be compared to thorns and briers, they would be as unable to bear his wrath and fury as briers and thorns could to withstand a consuming fire; or rather intimating, that should such persons rise up in his vineyard, the church, as often do, comparable to briers and thorns for their unfruitfulness and unprofitableness, for the hurt and mischief they do, and the grief and trouble they give to the people of God, as hypocrites and false teachers, and all such as are of unsound principles, and bad lives and conversations, and which are very offensive to the Lord; and therefore, though there is no fury in him against his vineyard, the church, yet there is against those briers and thorns, wicked men, whom he accounts his enemies, and will fight against them in his wrath, and consume them in his fury; see 2 Samuel 23:6,

I would go through them: or, "step into it" (p); the vineyard, where those briers or thorns are set and grow up; the meaning is, that he would step into the vineyard, and warily and cautiously tread there, lest he should hurt any of the vines, true believers, while he is plucking up and destroying the briers and thorns; or contending, in a warlike manner, with carnal and hypocritical professors:

I would burn them together; or, "I would burn" out of it (q); that is, gather out of the vineyard the briers and thorns, and bind them up in bundles, as the tares in the parable, which signify the same as here, and burn them, or utterly destroy them; though the words may be rendered, "who will give, or set, me a brier and thorn in battle, that I should go against it, and burn it up together?", or wholly (r) and the meaning is, who shall irritate or provoke me to be as a brier and thorn, to hurt, grieve, and distress my people, to cause me to go into them, and against them, in a military way, in wrath and fury to consume them? no one shall. This rendering and sense well agree with the first clause of the verse. Jerom renders it thus, "who will make me an adamant stone?" as the word "shamir" is rendered in Ezekiel 3:9, Zechariah 7:12 and gives the sense, who will make me hard and cruel, so as to overcome my nature, my clemency, to go forth in a fierce and warlike manner, and walk upon my vineyard, which before I kept, and burn it, which I had hedged about?

(p) "gradiar in eam"; so some in Vatablus; "caute ingrediar eam", Piscator. (q) "succendam ex ea", Junius & Tremellius; "comburam illos ex ipsa", Piscator. (r) So De Dieu; and some in Vatablus; and which is approved by Noldius, who renders it in like manner, to the same sense, Ebr. Concord. Part. p. 409. No. 1671. 4. Fury is not in me—that is, I entertain no longer anger towards my vine.

who would set … in battle—that is, would that I had the briers, etc. (the wicked foe; Isa 9:18; 10:17; 2Sa 23:6), before me! "I would go through," or rather, "against them."27:1-5 The Lord Jesus with his strong sword, the virtue of his death, and the preaching of his gospel, does and will destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, that old serpent. The world is a fruitless, worthless wilderness; but the church is a vineyard, a place that has great care taken of it, and from which precious fruits are gathered. God will keep it in the night of affliction and persecution, and in the day of peace and prosperity, the temptations of which are not less dangerous. God also takes care of the fruitfulness of this vineyard. We need the continual waterings of Divine grace; if these be at any time withdrawn, we wither, and come to nothing. Though God sometimes contends with his people, yet he graciously waits to be reconciled unto them. It is true, when he finds briers and thorns instead of vines, and they are set in array against him, he will tread them down and burn them. Here is a summary of the doctrine of the gospel, with which the church is to be watered every moment. Ever since sin first entered, there has been, on God's part, a righteous quarrel, but, on man's part, most unrighteous. Here is a gracious invitation given. Pardoning mercy is called the power of our Lord; let us take hold on that. Christ crucified is the power of God. Let us by lively faith take hold on his strength who is a strength to the needy, believing there is no other name by which we can be saved, as a man that is sinking catches hold of a bough, or cord, or plank, that is in his reach. This is the only way, and it is a sure way, to be saved. God is willing to be reconciled to us.



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