Isaiah 40:8
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New International Version
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."

New Living Translation
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."

English Standard Version
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

New American Standard Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

King James Bible
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever."

International Standard Version
Grass withers and flowers fade away, when the LORD's breath blows on them, but the word of our God will stand forever. "

NET Bible
The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Grass dries up, and flowers wither, but the word of our God will last forever."

Jubilee Bible 2000
The grass withers, the open flower fades; but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

American King James Version
The grass wither, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

American Standard Version
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the word of our Lord endureth for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God abideth for ever.

English Revised Version
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall shall stand forever.

World English Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever."

Young's Literal Translation
Withered hath grass, faded the flower, But a word of our God riseth for ever.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

40:1-11 All human life is a warfare; the Christian life is the most so; but the struggle will not last always. Troubles are removed in love, when sin is pardoned. In the great atonement of the death of Christ, the mercy of God is exercised to the glory of his justice. In Christ, and his sufferings, true penitents receive of the Lord's hand double for all their sins; for the satisfaction Christ made by his death was of infinite value. The prophet had some reference to the return of the Jews from Babylon. But this is a small event, compared with that pointed out by the Holy Ghost in the New Testament, when John the Baptist proclaimed the approach of Christ. When eastern princes marched through desert countries, ways were prepared for them, and hinderances removed. And may the Lord prepare our hearts by the teaching of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, that high and proud thoughts may be brought down, good desires planted, crooked and rugged tempers made straight and softened, and every hinderance removed, that we may be ready for his will on earth, and prepared for his heavenly kingdom. What are all that belongs to fallen man, or all that he does, but as the grass and the flower thereof! And what will all the titles and possessions of a dying sinner avail, when they leave him under condemnation! The word of the Lord can do that for us, which all flesh cannot. The glad tidings of the coming of Christ were to be sent forth to the ends of the earth. Satan is the strong man armed; but our Lord Jesus is stronger; and he shall proceed, and do all that he purposes. Christ is the good Shepherd; he shows tender care for young converts, weak believers, and those of a sorrowful spirit. By his word he requires no more service, and by his providence he inflicts no more trouble, than he will strengthen them for. May we know our Shepherd's voice, and follow him, proving ourselves his sheep.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The Word of our God shall stand for ever. Amid all human frailty, shiftingness, changefulness, there is one thing that endures, and stroll endure - God's Word (see the comment on the first part of ver. 6). In the sureness of God's promises is Israel's exceeding comfort.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth,.... Which is repeated, to raise attention to it, as being a matter of importance, and for the confirmation of it:

but the word of our God shall stand for ever; the Apostle Peter adds, by way of explanation,

and this is the word, which by the Gospel is preached unto you; who seems to distinguish the word from the Gospel, by which it is preached, and to intend Christ the essential Word; who stands or abides for ever as a divine Person; in his office as Mediator, being Prophet, Priest, and King for ever; in the efficacy of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; and in the fulness of his grace: it is true of the written word or Gospel, which remains, is everlasting, and will stand and continue, notwithstanding the persecutions of tyrants, the craft of false teachers, the reproach of ungodly men, and the death of the best of men, even of ministers; though all flesh is grass, fading and withering, the word of God is fresh and lively, firm and durable; and so it is as transcribed into the hearts of men, where it becomes the ingrafted word, and issues in everlasting life. It may be applied to God's word of promise, which is for ever settled in heaven, and is always fulfilled.



Isaiah 40:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Word of the Lord Stands Forever
7The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
Cross References
Matthew 5:18
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

1 Peter 1:25
but the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.

Numbers 23:19
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Psalm 111:8
They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

Psalm 119:89
Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

Isaiah 46:10
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'

Isaiah 55:11
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 59:21
"As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants--from this time on and forever," says the LORD.

Jeremiah 44:29
"'This will be the sign to you that I will punish you in this place,' declares the LORD, 'so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.'
Treasury of Scripture

The grass wither, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

the word

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Isaiah 55:10,11 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns …

Psalm 119:89-91 For ever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven…

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, …

Matthew 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

John 10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture …

John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ …

Romans 3:1-3 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision…

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