Isaiah 35:4
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New International Version
say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

New Living Translation
Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you."

English Standard Version
Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

New American Standard Bible
Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."

King James Bible
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Say to the cowardly:" Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God's retribution is coming; He will save you."

International Standard Version
Say to those with anxious hearts, 'Be strong, do not be afraid! Here is your God— he will bring vengeance, he will bring divine retribution, and he will save you.'

NET Bible
Tell those who panic, "Be strong! Do not fear! Look, your God comes to avenge! With divine retribution he comes to deliver you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell those who are terrified, "Be brave; don't be afraid. Your God will come with vengeance, with divine revenge. He will come and rescue you."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Say to those that are of a fearful heart, Be comforted, fear not; behold, your God comes with vengeance, with recompense; God himself will come and save you.

King James 2000 Bible
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

American King James Version
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

American Standard Version
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say to the fainthearted: Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God himself will come and will save you.

Darby Bible Translation
Say to them that are of a timid heart, Be strong, fear not; behold your God: vengeance cometh, the recompense of God! He will come himself, and save you.

English Revised Version
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompence of God; he will come and save you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

World English Bible
Tell those who have a fearful heart, "Be strong. Don't be afraid. Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God's retribution. He will come and save you.

Young's Literal Translation
Say to the hastened of heart, 'Be strong, Fear not, lo, your God; vengeance cometh, The recompence of God, He Himself doth come and save you.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:1-4 Judea was prosperous in the days of Hezekiah, but the kingdom of Christ is the great subject intended. Converting grace makes the soul that was a wilderness, to rejoice with joy and singing, and to blossom abundantly. The feeble and faint-hearted are encouraged. This is the design of the gospel. Fear is weakening; the more we strive against it, the stronger we are, both for doing and suffering; and he that says to us, Be strong, has laid help for us upon One who is mighty. Assurance is given of the approach of Messiah, to take vengeance on the powers of darkness, to recompense with abundant comforts those that mourn in Zion; He will come and save. He will come again at the end of time, to punish those who have troubled his people; and to give those who were troubled such rest as will be a full reward for all their troubles.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Say to them that are of a fearful heart. There will be fearful and trembling hearts always, even among the saints of God. These are to be encouraged and assured that God Will come to their aid, will avenge them of their spiritual enemies, reward their efforts to serve him, and in the end "save" them. He will come and save you; rather, he will come himself to save yon. There is One alone who can save, and he must do it himself, and, to do it, he must "come" to us. The words were at once an announcement of the Incarnation, and a promise to every trembling, doubting heart - a promise of direct Divine assistance, of the presence of God within us, of help potent to save. The predominant thought of the prophet appears to have been Messianic, and hence the burst of glorious prophecy which follows - a burst of prophecy most inadequately expounded of the time of the return from the Captivity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Say to them that are of a fearful heart,.... Or, "hasty of heart" (w); are at once for flying from the enemy; "hasty" in drawing black conclusions upon themselves and their state; "inconsiderate" of the promises made unto them; ready to doubt of, and call in question, the performance of the above things, respecting the fruitful and flourishing estate of the church: wherefore it must be said to them,

Be strong, fear not; be strong in faith, fear not the enemy, nor doubt of the fulfilment of divine promises, relating to their ruin and your safety:

behold, your God will come with vengeance; Christ, who is God in our nature, God manifest in the flesh, and who came by the assumption of human nature; and when he first came, he came with vengeance, and took vengeance on Satan and his works; on him, and his principalities, and powers, whom he spoiled and destroyed, as well as made an end of sin and abolished death; see Isaiah 61:2 so likewise he came in his kingdom and power, and took vengeance on the Jewish nation, for their disbelief and rejection of him; and which time is expressly called the days of vengeance, Luke 21:22 and at the time of his spiritual coming he will destroy antichrist with the brightness of it, and avenge the blood of his servants, Revelation 18:20 and at his personal coming he will take vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not his Gospel, 2 Thessalonians 1:8 and the words are so expressed as to take in the several times of his coming: and since he has already come, and taken vengeance in some instances, this may serve to encourage, and perhaps the design of it is to encourage, the faith of God's people, with respect to his future coming, and the end and issue of it:

even God with a recompence: or, "the God of recompence" (x); and so the Targum,

"the Lord of recompences;''

both to the wicked a just recompence of reward or punishment for their sins, it being just with him to recompense tribulation to them that trouble his people; and to the saints, the time of his spiritual reign being the time, as to destroy them that destroy the earth, so to give a reward to his servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear his name, Revelation 11:18,

he will come and save you; the end of his first coming was to save his people from sin, the curse and condemnation of the law, from hell, wrath, ruin, and destruction; and the end of his spiritual coming, at the latter day, will be to save his people from their antichristian enemies, from idolatry, superstition, and slavery.

(w) "festinis corde", Vatablus; "praecipitantibus corde", Cocceius; "inconsideratis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (x) "praemiator Deus ipse veniet", Castalio.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. fearful—"hasty," Margin; that is, with a heart fluttered with agitation.

with—the Hebrew is more forcible than the English Version: "God will come, vengeance! even God, a recompense!" The sense is the same.

Isaiah 35:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Glory of Zion
3Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. 4Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you." 5Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

Psalm 94:1
The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

Isaiah 1:24
Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.

Isaiah 7:4
Say to him, 'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood--because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.

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 32:4
The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

Isaiah 33:22
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.

Isaiah 34:8
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause.

Isaiah 37:6
Isaiah said to them, "Tell your master, 'This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard--those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

Isaiah 37:20
Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God."

Isaiah 40:2
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

Isaiah 47:3
Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no one."

Isaiah 49:4
But I said, "I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God."

Isaiah 49:25
But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.

Isaiah 59:18
According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.

Isaiah 61:2
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

Isaiah 63:4
It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come.

Daniel 10:18
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.

Daniel 10:19
"Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed," he said. "Peace! Be strong now; be strong." When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength."
Treasury of Scripture

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

fearful. Heb. hasty

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation …

Isaiah 32:4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue …

Psalm 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

be strong

Isaiah 44:2 Thus said the LORD that made you, and formed you from the womb, which …

Joshua 1:6,7 Be strong and of a good courage: for to this people shall you divide …

1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, …

Daniel 10:19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be to you, be strong, …

Haggai 2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

fear not

Isaiah 41:10-14 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 43:1-6 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Isaiah 54:4,5 Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; …

Zephaniah 3:16,17 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

behold

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

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

Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses …

Isaiah 40:9,10 O Zion, that bring good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; …

Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good …

Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance …

Isaiah 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots …

Deuteronomy 32:35-43 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Hosea 1:7 But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and will save them by …

Zechariah 2:8-10 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Matthew 1:21-23 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: …

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift …

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…

Hebrews 10:37,38 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry…

James 5:7-9 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

Revelation 22:20 He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. …

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