Isaiah 48:19
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New International Version
Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be blotted out nor destroyed from before me."

New Living Translation
Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore--too many to count! There would have been no need for your destruction, or for cutting off your family name."

English Standard Version
your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.”

New American Standard Bible
"Your descendants would have been like the sand, And your offspring like its grains; Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence."

King James Bible
Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your descendants would have been as countless as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains; their name would not be cut off or eliminated from My presence.

International Standard Version
Your descendants would've been like the sand, and your offspring like its numberless grains. Their name wouldn't have been cut off or annihilated out of my reach.

NET Bible
Your descendants would have been as numerous as sand, and your children like its granules. Their name would not have been cut off and eliminated from my presence.

New Heart English Bible
Your descendants would have been as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains; his name not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your descendants would be like sand. Your children would be like its grains. Their names would not be cut off or wiped out in my presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy seed also would be as the sand, And the offspring of thy body like the grains thereof; His name would not be cut off Nor destroyed from before Me.

New American Standard 1977
“Your descendants would have been like the sand,
            And your offspring like its grains;
            Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy seed would be as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me.

King James 2000 Bible
Your descendants also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

American King James Version
Your seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

American Standard Version
thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the grains thereof: his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thy seed had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof: his name should not have perished, nor have been destroyed from before my face.

Darby Bible Translation
and thy seed would have been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof: their name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

English Revised Version
thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the grains thereof: his name should not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like its gravel; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

World English Bible
your seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains: his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.

Young's Literal Translation
And as sand is thy seed, And the offspring of thy bowels as its gravel, Not cut off nor destroyed his name before Me.
Study Bible
Israel Promised Deliverance
18"If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. 19"Your descendants would have been like the sand, And your offspring like its grains; Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence." 20Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! Declare with the sound of joyful shouting, proclaim this, Send it out to the end of the earth; Say, "The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob."…
Cross References
Genesis 22:17
indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.

Job 5:25
"You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.

Isaiah 10:22
For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return; A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants;

Isaiah 44:4
And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.'

Isaiah 54:3
"For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities.

Isaiah 56:5
To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.

Isaiah 66:22
"For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure.

Jeremiah 33:22
'As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Your seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

seed

Isaiah 10:22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant …

Genesis 13:16 And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a …

Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

Jeremiah 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

Romans 9:27 Esaias also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children …

his name

Isaiah 48:9 For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will …

Isaiah 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch …

Isaiah 14:22 For I will rise up against them, said the LORD of hosts, and cut …

Joshua 7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear …

Ruth 4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased …

1 Kings 9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; …

Psalm 9:5 You have rebuked the heathen, you have destroyed the wicked, you …

Psalm 109:13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let …

Zephaniah 1:4 I will also stretch out my hand on Judah, and on all the inhabitants …

(19) Like the gravel thereof.--Literally, as the bowels thereof, i.e., as that within the bowels of the sand, the living creatures that swarm in countless myriads in the sea. The two verses utter the sigh which has come from the heart of all true teachers as they contemplate the actual state of men and compare it with what might have been. (Comp. Deuteronomy 32:29-30; Luke 19:42.)

Verse 19. - Thy seed also had been as the sand. Israel, at the close of the Captivity, was "a remnant" (Isaiah 37:31), a "very small remnant" (Isaiah 1:9); the ten tribes were for the most part absorbed into the heathen among whom they had been scattered; the two tribes had dwindled in number through the hardships of the Captivity, and were scarcely more than a "handful." Less than fifty thousand returned with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:64); less than two thousand males with Ezra (Ezra 8:2-20). Had Israel not been disobedient, the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would have been literally fulfilled, and the descendants of Abraham would have been millions upon millions, instead of being one or two hundred thousand. The offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; rather, like the grains thereof; i.e. the grains of the sand. His name; i.e. "Israel's name." Should not have been cut off. Israel's name had not been wholly "cut off" or "destroyed." But it had been approximately "cut off." Israel was no more a people, but only a horde of slaves. The restoration to Palestine was a resurrection - the re-creation of a nation which, humanly speaking, had ceased to be. Thy seed had also been as the sand,.... Upon the sea shore, as numerous as that, as was promised to Abraham, Genesis 22:17,

and the offspring of thy bowels as the gravel thereof; that is, of the sand; the little stones that are in it, which lie in great numbers on the sea shore; the same thing expressed in different words, denoting the number of their posterity, as it would have been, had they received the Messiah, his doctrines and ordinances: it may be rendered, "and the offspring", or "those that go out of thy bowels", that spring from thee, are born of thee, "as the bowels thereof" (q), that is, of the sea; as what is within it, particularly the fishes of it, which are innumerable; and so Aben Ezra and Jarchi interpret it; and which sense is mentioned by Kimchi and Ben Melech:

his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me: the name of Israel, as the Targum has it; the name of the people of the Jews is no more in the land where they dwelt; they are cut off as a nation; their city and temple are destroyed, where they appear no more before the Lord; which would not have been, had they hearkened to the Messiah, embraced his truths, and been obedient to his commands.

(q) "sicut viscera ejus", Montanus; "interiora maris"; Munster. 19. sand—retaining the metaphor of "the sea" (Isa 48:18).

like the gravel thereof—rather, as the Hebrew, "like that (the offspring) of its (the sea's) bowels"; referring to the countless living creatures, fishes, etc., of the sea, rather than the gravel [Maurer]. Jerome, Chaldee, and Syriac support English Version.

his name … cut off—transition from the second person, "thy," to the third "his." Israel's name was cut off "as a nation" during the Babylonish captivity; also it is so now, to which the prophecy especially looks (Ro 11:20).48:16-22 The Holy Spirit qualifies for service; and those may speak boldly, whom God and his Spirit send. This is to be applied to Christ. He was sent, and he had the Spirit without measure. Whom God redeems, he teaches; he teaches to profit by affliction, and then makes them partakers of his holiness. Also, by his grace he leads them in the way of duty; and by his providence he leads in the way of deliverance. God did not afflict them willingly. If their sins had not turned them away, their peace should have been always flowing and abundant. Spiritual enjoyments are ever joined with holiness of life and regard to God's will. It will make the misery of the disobedient the more painful, to think how happy they might have been. And here is assurance given of salvation out of captivity. Those whom God designs to bring home to himself, he will take care of, that they want not for their journey. This is applicable to the grace laid up for us in Jesus Christ, from whom all good flows to us, as the water to Israel out of the rock, for that Rock was Christ. The spiritual blessings of redemption, and the rescue of the church from antichristian tyranny, are here pointed to. But whatever changes take place, the Lord warned impenitent sinners that no good would come to them; that inward anguish and outward trouble, which spring from guilt and from the Divine wrath, must be their portion for ever.
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