Isaiah 41:8
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New International Version
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,

New Living Translation
"But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend,

English Standard Version
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;

New American Standard Bible
"But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,

King James Bible
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, My friend--

International Standard Version
"But as for you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I've chosen, the offspring of my friend Abraham—

NET Bible
"You, my servant Israel, Jacob whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham my friend,

New Heart English Bible
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham my friend,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But you are my servant Israel, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the descendant of Abraham, my dear friend.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But thou, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The seed of Abraham My friend;

New American Standard 1977
“But you, Israel, My servant,
            Jacob whom I have chosen,
            Descendant of Abraham My friend,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, Israel, my slave, Jacob whom I have chosen, art the seed of Abraham my friend.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendant of Abraham my friend.

American King James Version
But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

American Standard Version
But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend:

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, my friend

English Revised Version
But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend;

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

World English Bible
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,

Young's Literal Translation
-- And thou, O Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, Seed of Abraham, My lover,
Study Bible
God's Help to Israel
7So the craftsman encourages the smelter, And he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil, Saying of the soldering, "It is good"; And he fastens it with nails, So that it will not totter. 8"But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend, 9You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.…
Cross References
James 2:23
And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called a friend of God.

2 Chronicles 20:7
"Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?

Psalm 136:22
Even a heritage to Israel His servant, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Isaiah 14:1
When the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

Isaiah 29:22
Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;

Isaiah 42:1
"Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

Isaiah 42:19
Who is blind but My servant, Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?

Isaiah 43:5
"Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west.

Isaiah 43:10
"You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.

Isaiah 44:1
"But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, And Israel, whom I have chosen:
Treasury of Scripture

But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

thou

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

Isaiah 44:1,2,21 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen…

Isaiah 48:12 Listen to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, …

Isaiah 49:3 And said to me, You are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Leviticus 25:42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of …

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in your fathers to love them, and he …

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has …

Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom …

Psalm 105:6,42-45 O you seed of Abraham his servant, you children of Jacob his chosen…

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Jeremiah 33:24 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

the seed

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

John 8:33-44 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage …

Romans 4:12,13 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only…

Romans 9:4-8 Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, …

Galatians 3:19 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, …

Galatians 4:22-31 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a female …

my friend

2 Chronicles 20:7 Are not you our God, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land …

John 15:14,15 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you…

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

(8) But thou, Israel, art my servant . . .--The verse is important as the first introduction of the servant of the Lord who is so conspicuous throughout the rest of the book. The idea embodied in the term is that of a calling and election, manifested now in Israel according to the flesh, now in the true Israel of God, realising its ideal, now, as in the innermost of the three concentric circles, in a person who gathers up that ideal in all its intensity into himself. The three phrases find their parallel in St. Paul's language as to (1) the seed of Abraham according to the flesh; (2) the true seed who are heirs of the faith of Abraham; (3) the seed, which is none other than the Christ Himself (Romans 9:7; Galatians 3:7; Galatians 3:16). Here we have the national aspect, Israel as he is in the idea of God. So in the later language of Christian thought we have (1) the visible Church falling short of the ideal; (2) the spiritual Church approximating to the ideal; (3) Christ Himself, as identified with His people.

The seed of Abraham my friend.--The word for "friend" implies loving as well as being loved. Of all the names of Abraham, it has had the widest currency (comp. 2Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23). For the Arabs of the present time Abraham is still Khalil Allah--the friend of God, or simply, el Khalil, the friend.

Verses 8-20. - A PROMISE TO ISRAEL OF GOD'S PROTECTION AND SUPPORT THROUGH THE TROUBLOUS PERIOD THAT IS APPROACHING. Israel is assured

(1) of God's faithfulness (vers. 8, 9);

(2) of special divinely infused strength (ver. 10);

(3) of the infusion of weakness into their enemies (vers. 11, 12);

(4) of external Divine aid (vers. 13, 14);

(5) of an aggressive vigour that shall enable them to scatter their foes (vers. 15, 16); and

(6) of spiritual refreshment even amidst their worst sufferings (vers. 17-19). The eye of the prophet travels perhaps, in part, beyond the period of the Captivity; but he is mainly bent on giving the people grounds of comfort and trust during that trying time. Verse 8. - Israel... my servant (comp. Isaiah 44:1, 2, 21; Isaiah 45:4; Isaiah 48:20; Isaiah 49:3-6, etc.). The title characterizes these later chapters, and, while standing no doubt in some special relation to the "Servant of Jehovah" who is the subject of Isaiah 42:1-5; Isaiah 49:5-7, etc., is perhaps mainly selected, and dwelt on, to console Israel in captivity, when servants of the King of Babylon (2 Chronicles 36:20), by the thought that their true Master was God himself, and that to him, and him only, did they really belong. Jacob whom I have chosen (comp. Isaiah 44:1). (On this "choice," and the love which it implied, see Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Deuteronomy 10:15) Abraham my friend; or, Abraham that loved me. It was the special privilege of Abraham to be known as God's friend (see 2 Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23) among the Hebrews, even as he is among the Arabs to this day. The "friendship" intended comprised, no doubt, both an active and a passive element, but it is the active element which the word principally enforces. Abraham loved God, and showed his love by his obedience. But thou, Israel, art my servant,.... As the great spread and success of the Gospel could not fail of drawing the resentment of the idolatrous Heathens on those who embraced and professed it, and by whom they were grievously persecuted under the Roman emperors; wherefore, to support them under these trials, the Lord speaks these and the following comfortable words unto them; for not carnal, but spiritual Israel are here meant; such who by the power of divine grace were turned from idols to serve the living God, who were made willing to become his servants, and whose honour it was to be so called and accounted; and being so, they might be assured their Lord and Master would protect and defend them, bless and reward them:

Jacob whom I have chosen; Israelites indeed, Jacob like, plain hearted men, wrestling and prevailing ones in prayer with God, whom he chose to be his people, and peculiar treasure; who, though disallowed of men, were like their Lord and Saviour, chosen of God, and precious:

the seed of Abraham my friend: the spiritual seed of Abraham, being believers in Christ, and friends of his, as Abraham was; and whom he uses and shows to be such, by disclosing his secrets to them, John 15:15. 8. Contrast between the idolatrous nations whom God will destroy by Cyrus, and Israel whom God will deliver by the same man for their forefathers' sake.

servant—so termed as being chosen by God to worship Him themselves, and to lead other peoples to do the same (Isa 45:4).

Jacob … chosen—(Ps 135:4).

my friend—literally, "loving me."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.
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