Isaiah 43:4
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New International Version
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.

New Living Translation
Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.

English Standard Version
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.

New American Standard Bible
"Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.

King James Bible
Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you, I will give people in exchange for you and nations instead of your life.

International Standard Version
Since you're precious in my sight and honored, and because I love you, I'm giving up people in your place, and nations in exchange for your life."

NET Bible
Since you are precious and special in my sight, and I love you, I will hand over people in place of you, nations in place of your life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since you are precious to me, you are honored and I love you. I will exchange others for you. Nations will be the price I pay for your life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because thou wast precious in my sight, thou wast worthy of honour, and I have loved thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honorable, and I have loved you: therefore will I give men for you, and people for your life.

American King James Version
Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honorable, and I have loved you: therefore will I give men for you, and people for your life.

American Standard Version
Since thou hast been precious in my sight, and honorable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men in thy stead, and peoples instead of thy life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Since thou becamest honourable in my eyes, thou art glorious: I have loved thee, and I will give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Darby Bible Translation
Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee; and I will give men for thee, and peoples for thy life.

English Revised Version
Since thou hast been precious in my sight, and honourable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men for thee, and peoples for thy life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Since thou hast been precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

World English Bible
Since you have been precious and honored in my sight, and I have loved you; therefore I will give people in your place, and nations instead of your life.

Young's Literal Translation
Since thou wast precious in Mine eyes, Thou wast honoured, and I have loved thee, And I appoint men in thy stead, And peoples instead of thy life.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

43:1-7 God's favour and good-will to his people speak abundant comfort to all believers. The new creature, wherever it is, is of God's forming. All who are redeemed with the blood of his Son, he has set apart for himself. Those that have God for them need not fear who or what can be against them. What are Egypt and Ethiopia, all their lives and treasures, compared with the blood of Christ? True believers are precious in God's sight, his delight is in them, above any people. Though they went as through fire and water, yet, while they had God with them, they need fear no evil; they should be born up, and brought out. The faithful are encouraged. They were to be assembled from every quarter. And with this pleasing object in view, the prophet again dissuades from anxious fears.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Since thou wast precious. "Since" probably means "from the time that" (LXX., ἀφ οῦ), not "because," as Delitzsch and Mr. Cheyne render. Israel became "precious" from the time that the promise was given to Jacob that in his seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed (Genesis 28:14). Thenceforward God placed the interests of Israel above those of "men" generally, and markedly above those of any other "people." People; rather, peoples - as Mizraim, Cush, Seba (ver. 3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Since thou wast precious in my sight,.... As the saints are; not that they are valuable in themselves; they have no intrinsic worth in them; they are in no wise better than others; they are of the same mass and lump with others; they are of the fallen race of Adam, and are earthly and simple as he was; nor are they precious in their own sight, and much less in the eyes of the world; they are mean and despicable: but they are precious in the sight of God and Christ; in the sight of God the Father, who has chosen them, and taken them into his family, and blessed them with all spiritual blessings; and in the sight of Christ, who desired them, and betrothed them to himself, and undertook for them in eternity, and died for them in time; hence they are compared to things of value, to gold, to jewels, and precious stones, to a pearl of great price, to rich treasure; and are reckoned by Christ as his portion, and are as dear to him as the apple of his eye:

thou hast been honourable; ever since precious, and that was from all eternity; for though they became dishonourable in themselves, through the fall of Adam, and their own transgressions, and are dishonourable in the esteem of men, yet honourable in the esteem of God and Christ; they appear to be so, by their birth, by regeneration, being born of God; by their marriage to the Son of God, the Lord of the whole earth; by their characters of kings and priests unto God; and by their clothing, the robe of righteousness, and garments of salvation clothing of wrought gold; and by their being favoured with the presence of God and Christ, and their nearness to them:

and I have loved thee; which is the source and spring of all; hence they became precious and honourable; this is a past act, an act in eternity; it is an act of complacency and delight; a continued one, God rests in his love; and it is an act of undeserved grace and layout, and unchangeably the same; it never alters:

therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life: as, of old, the Egyptians, Ethiopians, and Sabeans, were given for the people of Israel, as in the preceding verse; so, in New Testament times, the enemies of God's people should be given for them; that is, their enemies should be destroyed, and they should be spared and saved; so that all Jews that rejected Christ, and persecuted his people, were given up to destruction. The Pagan empire was demolished, and so will Rome Papal too be destroyed, and the church of God will be preserved, and his interest revive, and all the kingdoms of the world become his; of which the conversions among the Gentiles in the first ages of Christianity were a pledge, prophesied of in the next words. The Talmudists (g), by "Adam", rendered "man", understand "Edom", by which Rome is often meant in Jewish writings.

(g) T. Bab. Beracot fol. 62. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Since—All along from the beginning; for there was never a time when Israel was not Jehovah's people. The apodosis should be at, "I will give." "Since ever thou wast precious in My sight, honorable, and that I loved thee, I will give," &c. [Maurer]. Gesenius, as English Version, takes "Since" to mean, "Inasmuch as." If the apodosis be as in English Version, "Since thou wast precious" will refer to the time when God called His people out of Egypt, manifesting then first the love which He had from everlasting towards them (Jer 31:3; Ho 11:1); "honorable" and "loved," refer to outward marks of honor and love from God.

men … people—other nations for thee (so Isa 43:3).

thy life—thy person.

Isaiah 43:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Only Savior
3"For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. 4"Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. 5"Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west.…
Cross References
Revelation 3:9
I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars--I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

Exodus 19:5
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

Exodus 19:6
you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."

Isaiah 49:5
And now the LORD says-- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength--

Isaiah 63:9
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
Treasury of Scripture

Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honorable, and I have loved you: therefore will I give men for you, and people for your life.

precious

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 26:18 And the LORD has avouched you this day to be his peculiar people, …

Deuteronomy 32:9-14 For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance…

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

Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

thou hast been

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

John 5:44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

I Have

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you …

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Malachi 1:2 I have loved you, said the LORD. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved …

John 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and …

John 17:23,26 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and …

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they …

life, or, person

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