Isaiah 40:18
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New International Version
With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him?

New Living Translation
To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him?

English Standard Version
To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?

New American Standard Bible
To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

King James Bible
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who will you compare God with? What likeness will you compare Him to?

International Standard Version
"To whom, then, will you compare me, the One who is God? Or to what image will you liken me?

NET Bible
To whom can you compare God? To what image can you liken him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To whom, then, can you compare God? To what statue can you compare him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

King James 2000 Bible
To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare unto him?

American King James Version
To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare to him?

American Standard Version
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom then have you likened God? or what image will you make for him?

Darby Bible Translation
To whom then will ye liken God? and what likeness will ye compare unto him?

English Revised Version
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Webster's Bible Translation
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare to him?

World English Bible
To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to him?

Young's Literal Translation
And unto whom do ye liken God, And what likeness do ye compare to Him?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

40:18-26 Whatever we esteem or love, fear or hope in, more than God, that creature we make equal with God, though we do not make images or worship them. He that is so poor, that he has scarcely a sacrifice to offer, yet will not be without a god of his own. They spared no cost upon their idols; we grudge what is spent in the service of our God. To prove the greatness of God, the prophet appeals to all ages and nations. Those who are ignorant of this, are willingly ignorant. God has the command of all creatures, and of all created things. The prophet directs us to use our reason as well as our senses; to consider who created the hosts of heaven, and to pay our homage to Him. Not one fails to fulfil his will. And let us not forget, that He spake all the promises, and engaged to perform them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. is more the complement of what precedes than the introduction to what follows (comp. ver. 25). If God be all that has been said of him in vers. 12-17, must he not be wholly unique and incomparable? Then, out of this, the thought arises of the strange, the poor, the mean "likenesses" of God, which men have in their folly set up in various times and places. It has been said that Israel in captivity did not need to be warned against idolatry, of the inclination to which the Captivity is supposed at once to have cured them (Urwick, 'Servant of Jehovah,' p. 15). But there is no evidence of this. Rather, considering the few that returned, and the many that remained behind (Joseph., 'Ant Jud.,' 11:1), we may conclude that a large number adopted the customs, religion, and general mode of life of their masters.'

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To whom then will ye liken God?.... There is nothing in the whole creation that can bear any resemblance to him, or he to them; since all nations are as a drop of the bucket, as the small dust of the balance, as nothing, yea, less than nothing, and vanity: "or what likeness will ye compare unto him", (w) order, ordain, and appoint for him? in what rank can he be placed? to what class of beings can he be likened? what similitude can be given of him? what is there that is fit to be named with him, or compared to him? this, with what follows, is mentioned as an antidote to prevent the Jews falling into idolatry in Babylon, where they would be exposed unto it; or rather to prevent Christians in Gospel times from going into the idolatry of the Papists; see Acts 17:28.

(w) "et quid similitudinis ponetis ei", Pagninus; "ordinabitis", Montanus; "disponetis", Vatablus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Which of the heathen idols, then, is to be compared to this Almighty God? This passage, if not written (as Barnes thinks) so late as the idolatrous times of Manasseh, has at least a prospective warning reference to them and subsequent reigns; the result of the chastisement of Jewish idolatry in the Babylonish captivity was that thenceforth after the restoration the Jews never fell into it. Perhaps these prophecies here may have tended to that result (see 2Ki 23:26, 27).

Isaiah 40:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Here is Your God!
17All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. 18To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? 19As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.…
Cross References
Acts 17:29
"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by human design and skill.

Exodus 8:10
"Tomorrow," Pharaoh said. Moses replied, "It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God.

Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

Deuteronomy 4:15
You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,

1 Samuel 2:2
"There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

Isaiah 40:25
"To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

Isaiah 46:5
"With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?

Micah 7:18
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Treasury of Scripture

To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare to him?

Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will you liken me, or shall I be equal? said the Holy One.

Isaiah 46:5,9 To whom will you liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that …

Exodus 8:10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to your word: …

Exodus 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues on your heart, and on …

Exodus 15:11 Who is like to you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious …

Exodus 20:4 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any …

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven …

1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither …

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

Psalm 86:8-10 Among the gods there is none like to you, O Lord; neither are there …

Psalm 89:6,8 For who in the heaven can be compared to the LORD? who among the …

Psalm 113:5 Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

Jeremiah 10:6,16 For as much as there is none like to you, O LORD; you are great, …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Acts 17:29 For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to …

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

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