Isaiah 33:2
Parallel Verses
New International Version
LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

New Living Translation
But LORD, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble.

English Standard Version
O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.

New American Standard Bible
O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress.

King James Bible
O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble.

International Standard Version
"LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you; and be our strength every morning, our salvation in times of trouble.

NET Bible
LORD, be merciful to us! We wait for you. Give us strength each morning! Deliver us when distress comes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, have pity on us. We wait with hope for you. Be our strength in the morning. Yes, be our savior in times of trouble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD, have mercy on us; we wait for thee: thou wert the strength of thy people in the beginning, be also our saving health in the time of tribulation.

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for you: be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

American King James Version
O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be you their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou our arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord, have mercy on us: for we have waited for thee: be thou our arm in the morning, and our salvation in the time of trouble.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be their arm every morning, yea, our salvation in the time of trouble.

English Revised Version
O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

World English Bible
Yahweh, be gracious to us. We have waited for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
O Jehovah, favour us, for thee we have waited, Be their arm, in the mornings, Yea, our salvation in time of adversity.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

33:1-14 Here we have the proud and false destroyer justly reckoned with for all his fraud and violence. The righteous God often pays sinners in their own coin. Those who by faith humbly wait for God, shall find him gracious to them; as the day, so let the strength be. If God leaves us to ourselves any morning, we are undone; we must every morning commit ourselves to him, and go forth in his strength to do the work of the day. When God arises, his enemies are scattered. True wisdom and knowledge lead to strength of salvation, which renders us stedfast in the ways of God; and true piety is the only treasure which can never be plundered or spent. The distress Jerusalem was brought into, is described. God's time to appear for his people, is, when all other helpers fail. Let all who hear what God has done, acknowledge that he can do every thing. Sinners in Zion will have much to answer for, above other sinners. And those that rebel against the commands of the word, cannot take its comforts in time of need. His wrath will burn those everlastingly who make themselves fuel for it. It is a fire that shall never be quenched, nor ever go out of itself; it is the wrath of an ever-living God preying on the conscience of a never-dying soul.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - O Lord, etc. The mingling of prayer with prophecy is very unusual, and indicative of highly excited feeling. Isaiah realizes fully the danger of his people and nation, and knows that without prayer there is no deliverance. His prayer is at once an outpouring of his own heart, and an example to others. We have waited for thee (comp. Isaiah 8:17; Isaiah 26:8). Their Am; i.e. "the Arm of thy people." Every morning. Continually, day by day, since their need of thy support is continual.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O Lord, be gracious unto us,.... This is a prayer of the church under the persecutions of antichrist, imploring the grace and favour of God in their miserable and distressed circumstances; desiring his gracious help, assistance, and deliverance; pleading not any merits of their own, but casting themselves upon the mercy and kindness of God:

we have waited for thee; time after time, year after year, in the use of means; hoping for the manifestations of thyself, and kind appearance for us; expecting help and salvation, and still continue to wait, believing the time will come when favour will be shown:

be thou their arm every morning; when they pray unto thee, the morning being the time of prayer; and also be their arm all the day long, to lean and depend upon, to support, protect, and defend them; there is a change of person from the first to the third, usual in prophetic and poetic writings: some take them to be the words of the Old Testament church, praying for the New Testament church; and others a prayer of the church for her children and members. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "our arm"; and the Syriac version, "our helper"; and the Targum,

"our strength:''

some read the words in connection with the following clause, thus, "be thou", who wast "their arm every morning", referring to their forefathers, whose strength and support the Lord was,

our salvation also in the time of trouble (s); the deliverer of us from the antichristian yoke of bondage, from all his persecutions and oppressions, from the last struggle of the beast, from that hour of trouble and temptation that shall come upon all the earth.

(s) So some in De Dieu.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. us; we … their … our—He speaks interceding for His people, separating himself in thought for a moment from them, and immediately returns to his natural identification with them in the word "our."

every morning—each day as it dawns, especially during our danger, as the parallel "time of trouble" shows.

Isaiah 33:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is Exalted
1Woe to you, O destroyer, While you were not destroyed; And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed; As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you. 2O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress. 3At the sound of the tumult peoples flee; At the lifting up of Yourself nations disperse.…
Cross References
Psalm 27:1
Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 17:10
You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines,

Isaiah 25:9
In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

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 30:19
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Isaiah 37:3
They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.

Isaiah 40:10
See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

Isaiah 51:5
My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.

Isaiah 59:16
He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.

Lamentations 3:23
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Treasury of Scripture

O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be you their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

be gracious

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

Isaiah 26:8 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; …

Isaiah 30:18,19 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, …

Psalm 27:13,14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 62:1,5,8 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation…

Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, …

Psalm 130:4-8 But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared…

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

be thou

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

Exodus 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned …

Psalm 25:3 Yes, let none that wait on you be ashamed: let them be ashamed which …

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

Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.

our salvation

Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer …

Psalm 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength …

Psalm 46:1,5 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

Psalm 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein you have afflicted us, …

Psalm 91:15 He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in …

Jeremiah 2:27,28 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought …

Jeremiah 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the savior thereof in time of trouble, why …

2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father …

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