Isaiah 42:21
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New International Version
It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.

New Living Translation
Because he is righteous, the LORD has exalted his glorious law.

English Standard Version
The LORD was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake To make the law great and glorious.

King James Bible
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD was pleased, because of His righteousness, to magnify His instruction and make it glorious.

International Standard Version
The LORD was pleased, for the sake of his vindication, that he should magnify his Law and make it glorious.

NET Bible
The LORD wanted to exhibit his justice by magnifying his law and displaying it.

New Heart English Bible
It pleased the LORD, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is pleased because he does what is right. He praises the greatness of his teachings and makes them glorious.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD was pleased, for His righteousness' sake, To make the teaching great and glorious.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD was pleased for His righteousness’ sake
            To make the law great and glorious.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD, jealous for his righteousness, will magnify the law and enlarge it.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

American King James Version
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

American Standard Version
It pleased Jehovah, for his righteousness'sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord was willing to sanctify him, and to magnify the law, and exalt it.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah had delight [in him] for his righteousness' sake: he hath magnified the law, and made it honourable.

English Revised Version
It pleased the LORD, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

World English Bible
It pleased Yahweh, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah hath delight for the sake of His righteousness, He magnifieth law, and maketh honourable.
Study Bible
Israel is Deaf and Blind
20You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears. 21The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake To make the law great and glorious. 22But this is a people plundered and despoiled; All of them are trapped in caves, Or are hidden away in prisons; They have become a prey with none to deliver them, And a spoil, with none to say, "Give them back!"…
Cross References
Psalm 138:2
I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

Isaiah 42:4
"He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law."

Isaiah 51:4
"Pay attention to Me, O My people, And give ear to Me, O My nation; For a law will go forth from Me, And I will set My justice for a light of the peoples.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

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Isaiah 1:24-27 Therefore said the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, …

Isaiah 46:12,13 Listen to me, you stouthearted, that are far from righteousness…

Psalm 71:16,19 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of …

Psalm 85:9-12 Surely his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell …

Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

2 Corinthians 5:19-21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

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Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus …

Matthew 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am …

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

Romans 7:12 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Romans 8:3,4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

Galatians 3:13,21 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel …

1 John 3:4,5 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression …

it. Heb. or, him

John 13:31,32 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man …

John 17:4,5 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which …

(21) The Lord is well pleased . . .--The tenses require a change: The Lord was well pleased . . . He made His law great and glorious. This had been His purpose, and he had not failed in it. He had done all that it was possible to do. (Comp. Isaiah 5:4; Romans 9:4.)

Verse 21. - The Lord is well pleased; rather, the Lord was pleased, or it pleased the Lord. For his righteousness' sake; "because of his own perfect righteousness." He will magnify the Law; rather, to magnify the Law - to set it forth in its greatness and its glory before his people. It is not the original giving of the Law at Sinai only that is meant, but also its constant inculcation by a long series of prophets. Israel's experience (ver. 29) had included all this; but they had not profited by the instruction addressed to them. The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness sake,.... This may be either understood of what the Lord had done for these people in time past, and which is mentioned as an aggravation of their stupidity, disobedience, and ingratitude; he had delighted in them, and chose them above all people upon the earth, and distinguished them with his favours, which he did for the sake of his own righteousness or faithfulness to his promises made to their fathers:

he magnified them with the law, and made them honourable (a); gave them a law which made them great and honourable in the esteem of others; see Deuteronomy 10:15 or it may be interpreted of what the Lord would do hereafter, either in a way of grace and favour; that though they were now so ignorant and disobedient, yet in the times of salvation, in the days of the Messiah, these blind shall see, and deaf shall hear, not for their sakes, but for his righteousness sake; when he will magnify his law and make it honourable, and the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of him; this way go the Jewish commentators: or rather in a way of judgment, that the Lord would be well pleased in glorifying his justice or righteousness, in the rejection of such a blind and stupid people, who refused to receive the Messiah, against so much light and evidence; and would "magnify the law", and support the authority of it, and "make it honourable", by punishing the transgressors of it; but I am inclined to think that this has respect to a remnant among these people, according to the election of grace; or to the Lord's people in common, whether Jews or Gentiles, with whom he "is well pleased", or in whom he delights. The Lord is well pleased with his Son, and with him as his servant, as Mediator, for his righteousness sake, as in Isaiah 42:1 to which there may be some respect; and he is well pleased with all his people as considered in him; the love he bears to them, is a love of complacency and delight: the choice he has made of them; the things he has laid up for them; the care of their persons in Christ, and salvation by him; the marrying of them to him, and the taking them into his family, show how well pleased he is with them: he delights in them, as they are regenerated and sanctified by his Spirit; the exercise of their graces, and the performance of their duties and services, are acceptable to him through Christ; his presence with them, the fellowship with himself he grants unto them, the account he makes of them as his jewels, fully demonstrate his well pleasedness in them: but this is not on their own account; for they are polluted and loathsome creatures in themselves, guilty of sin, deserving of wrath; and not for any righteousness of their own, which is imperfect, filthy, and not answerable to the law; which, instead of being made honourable, is dishonoured by it; there is no justification by it, and no acceptance with God through it; but for the sake of the righteousness of Christ, which is perfect, pure, and spotless; which justifies from all sin, and makes comely and beautiful, and glorifies the justice of God, as well as his righteous law, as follows:

he will magnify the law, and make it honourable: that is he for whose righteousness sake God is well pleased: the law of God is great and honourable in itself, from the author, matter, and usefulness of it; and it becomes more so by Christ the Son of God being made under it; by his perfect obedience to it, and by his bearing the penalty of it, in the room and stead of his people; and by holding it forth in his hands, as a rule of walk and conversation to them; by all which it receives more honour and glory than by all the obedience of creatures to it, angels or men, though ever so perfect.

(a) "magnificabat (eum) doctrina et reddebat magnificum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "magnificum illum ficit lege et condecoravit", Vitringa. 21. his righteousness—not His people's, but His own; Isa 42:24 shows that they had no righteousness (Isa 45:24; 59:16). God is well pleased with His Son ("in whom My soul delighteth," Isa 42:1), "who fulfils all righteousness" (Mt 3:15) for them, and with them for His sake (compare Isa 42:6; Ps 71:16, 19; Mt 5:17; Ro 10:3, 4; Php 3:9). Perhaps in God's "righteousness" here is included His faithfulness to His promises given to Israel's forefathers [Rosenmuller]; because of this He is well pleased with Israel, even though displeased with their sin, which He here reproves; but that promise could only be based on the righteousness of Messiah, the promised seed, which is God's righteousness.42:18-25 Observe the call given to this people, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making known his own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God's anger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.
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