Isaiah 41:3
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New International Version
He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before.

New Living Translation
He chases them away and goes on safely, though he is walking over unfamiliar ground.

English Standard Version
He pursues them and passes on safely, by paths his feet have not trod.

New American Standard Bible
"He pursues them, passing on in safety, By a way he had not been traversing with his feet.

King James Bible
He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He pursues them, going on safely, hardly touching the path with his feet.

International Standard Version
And who pursues them and moves on unscathed by a path that his feet don't know?

NET Bible
He pursues them and passes by unharmed; he advances with great speed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He chases them, marching by safely on a path his feet have never traveled before.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He pursued them and passed in peace by the way that his feet had never entered.

King James 2000 Bible
He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

American King James Version
He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

American Standard Version
He pursueth them, and passeth on safely, even by a way that he had not gone with his feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall pursue them, he shall pass in peace, no path shall appear after his feet.

Darby Bible Translation
He pursued them, he passed on in safety, by a way he had never come with his feet.

English Revised Version
He pursueth them, and passeth on safely; even by a way that he had not gone with his feet.

Webster's Bible Translation
He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

World English Bible
He pursues them, and passes by safely, Even by a way that he had not gone with his feet.

Young's Literal Translation
He pursueth them, he passeth over in safety A path with his feet he entereth not.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

41:1-9 Can any heathen god raise up one in righteousness, make what use of him he pleases, and make him victorious over the nations? The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. Sinners encourage one another in the ways of sin; shall not the servants of the living God stir up one another in his service? God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. This is certainly the highest title ever given to a mortal. It means that Abraham, by Divine grace, was made like to God, and that he was admitted to communion with Him. Happy are the servants of the Lord, whom he has called to be his friends, and to walk with him in faith and holy obedience. Let not such as have thus been favoured yield to fear; for the contest may be sharp, but the victory shall be sure.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - He pursued them, and passed safely; rather, he shall pursue them, and shall pass on in safety. Even by the way that he had not gone with his feet; rather, a path with his feet he shall not tread. The meaning seems to be that he will dispense with customary paths, making his advance everywhere over all obstacles, by untrodden ways. Compare the frequent boasts of the Assyrian kings: "To the recesses of the deep forests and the peaks of the difficult mountains, which had never been trodden by the foot of man, I ascended' ('Records of the Past,' vol. 5. p. 13). "Difficult mountain chains, and inaccessible hills, which none of our kings had ever previously reached - tedious paths and unopened roads - I traversed" (ibid., p. 16). "The lands of Sihak, of Arda, of Ulayan, of Alluria, inaccessible mountains, impossible for the horses, and inaccessible for myself, I went through" (ibid., vol. 7. p. 36).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He pursued them, and passed safely..... Went on in his work, pursued his great design in subduing the souls of men, and bringing them to the obedience of Christ; and though he had so many enemies, he "passed on safely"; God did not suffer them to set upon him, to do him any harm, even though he was exposed to perils by sea and land, by thieves and robbers, by his own countrymen and Heathens, in city and country, and even by false brethren; see Acts 18:10, it is in the future tense, "he shall pursue them, he shall pass safely" (i); or in peace:

even by the way that he had not gone with his feet; travelling in foreign parts, in distant countries, in tracks of land unknown unto him; where he had never been before, even from Jerusalem round about to Illyricum, fully preaching the Gospel of Christ, Romans 15:19.

(i) "persequetur", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "transibit", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Cyrus had not visited the regions of the Euphrates and westward until he visited them for conquest. So the gospel conquests penetrated regions where the name of God was unknown before.

Isaiah 41:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Help to Israel
2"Who has aroused one from the east Whom He calls in righteousness to His feet? He delivers up nations before him And subdues kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, As the wind-driven chaff with his bow. 3"He pursues them, passing on in safety, By a way he had not been traversing with his feet. 4"Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'"…
Cross References
Isaiah 41:2
"Who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service? He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow.

Isaiah 41:4
Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD--with the first of them and with the last--I am he."
Treasury of Scripture

He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

safely. Heb. in peace

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