Isaiah 30:21
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New International Version
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

New Living Translation
Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left.

English Standard Version
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

New American Standard Bible
Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

King James Bible
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: "This is the way. Walk in it."

International Standard Version
And whether you turn to the right or turn to the left, your ears will hear a message behind you: "This is the way, walk in it."

NET Bible
You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying, "This is the correct way, walk in it," whether you are heading to the right or the left.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way. Follow it, whether it turns to the right or to the left."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, that ye not turn to the right hand and that ye not turn to the left hand.

King James 2000 Bible
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.

American King James Version
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.

American Standard Version
and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thy ears shall hear the word of one admonishing thee behind thy back: This is the way, walk ye in it: and go not aside neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

Darby Bible Translation
And when ye turn to the right hand or when ye turn to the left, thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.

English Revised Version
and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand and when e turn to the left.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thy ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

World English Bible
and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way. Walk in it."

Young's Literal Translation
And thine ear heareth a word behind thee, Saying, 'This is the way, go ye in it,' When ye turn to the right, And when ye turn to the left.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

30:19-26 God's people will soon arrive at the Zion above, and then they will weep no more for ever. Even now they would have more comfort, as well as holiness, if they were more constant in prayer. A famine of bread is not so great a judgment as a famine of the word of God. There are right-hand and left-hand errors; the tempter is busy courting us into by-paths. It is happy if, by the counsels of a faithful minister or friend, or the checks of conscience, and the strivings of God the Spirit, we are set right when doubting, and prevented from going wrong. They shall be cured of their idolatry. To all true penitents sin becomes very hateful. This is shown daily in the conversion of souls, by the power of Divine grace, to the fear and love of God. Abundant means of grace, with the influences of the Holy Spirit, would be extended to places destitute of them. The effect of this should be comfort and joy to the people of God. Light, that is, knowledge, shall increase. This is the light which the gospel brought into the world, and which proclaims healing to the broken-hearted.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee. Kay says, "The teacher will go before his flock, marking out the way before them." But in that case, the flock would hear the word before them. Delitzsch explains better, "They (the teachers), as the shepherds of the flock, would follow the people with friendly words of admonition." Even in the East, shepherds sometimes follow their flocks (see Genesis 32:17). When ye turn, i.e. when ye are about to turn.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee,.... Which may be said in reference to the backsliding and declining state of the people, Isaiah 30:11 and is thought by some to be an allusion to schoolmasters, who stand behind their scholars, or at their backs, to guide, teach, and instruct them; and by others to shepherds following their flocks, who, when they observe any of the sheep going out of the way, call them back; or to travellers, who, coming to a place where are several ways, and being at a loss which way to take, and inclining to turn to the right or left, are called to by persons behind them, and directed in the right way. This "voice behind" is by the Jews (e) interpreted of Bath Kol; and by others of the voice of conscience; but it rather intends the Spirit of God, and his grace; though it seems best to understand it of the Scriptures of truth, the word of God, the only rule of faith and practice; the language of which is,

saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; it directs to Christ the way, and who is the only way of life and salvation to be walked in by faith, and to all the lesser paths of duty and doctrine, which to walk in is both pleasant and profitable, and which is the right way; so the Targum paraphrases it,

"this is the right way;''

to which agree the comments of Aben Ezra, Jarchi, and Kimchi; though the Arabic and Syriac versions, following the Septuagint, represent them as the words of seducers, directing to a wrong way: but the words are a promise of being led right, and not a threatening of being led wrong:

when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left; through ignorance or inadvertency, through the prevalence of corruption, or force of temptation; and as it is promised there should be such a voice, so they should have ears to hear, their ears erect to attend to what is said, to observe it, and act according to it.

(e) T. Bab. Megilla, fol. 32. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. word—conscience, guided by the Holy Spirit (Joh 16:13).

Isaiah 30:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Mercies
20Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. 21Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. 22And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to them, "Be gone!"…
Cross References
Psalm 25:8
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

Psalm 25:9
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Proverbs 3:6
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 29:24
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction."

Isaiah 35:8
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.

Isaiah 35:9
No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 48:17
This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
Treasury of Scripture

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.

thine ears

Isaiah 35:8,9 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Isaiah 48:17 Thus said the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the …

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in …

Psalm 25:8,9 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way…

Psalm 143:8-10 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you …

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding…

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

1 John 2:20,27 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things…

when ye turn to the right

Deuteronomy 5:32 You shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God has commanded …

Joshua 1:7 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do …

Joshua 23:6 Be you therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written …

2 Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked …

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: …

Proverbs 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.

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