Isaiah 48:2
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New International Version
you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and claim to rely on the God of Israel-- the LORD Almighty is his name:

New Living Translation
even though you call yourself the holy city and talk about depending on the God of Israel, whose name is the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

English Standard Version
For they call themselves after the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name.

New American Standard Bible
"For they call themselves after the holy city And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.

King James Bible
For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they are named after the Holy City, and lean on the God of Israel; His name is Yahweh of Hosts.

International Standard Version
For they name themselves after the holy city, and rely on the God of Israel— the LORD of the Heavenly Armies is his name.

NET Bible
Indeed, they live in the holy city; they trust in the God of Israel, whose name is the LORD who commands armies.

New Heart English Bible
(for they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name):

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You call yourselves [citizens] of the holy city. You depend on the God of Israel. His name is the LORD of Armies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For they call themselves of the holy city, And stay themselves upon the God of Israel, The LORD of hosts is His name.

New American Standard 1977
“For they call themselves after the holy city,
            And lean on the God of Israel;
            The LORD of hosts is His name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they call themselves of the holy city and stay themselves upon the God of Israel. The LORD of the hosts is his name.

King James 2000 Bible
For they call themselves after the holy city, and anchor themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

American King James Version
For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

American Standard Version
(for they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; Jehovah of hosts is his name):

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they are called of the holy city, and are established upon the God of Israel: the Lord of hosts is his name.

Darby Bible Translation
For they are named after the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel: Jehovah of hosts is his name.

English Revised Version
For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

World English Bible
(for they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; Yahweh of Armies is his name):

Young's Literal Translation
For from the Holy City they have been called, And on the God of Israel been supported, Jehovah of Hosts is His name.
Study Bible
Israel's Stubbornness
1"Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are named Israel And who came forth from the loins of Judah, Who swear by the name of the LORD And invoke the God of Israel, But not in truth nor in righteousness. 2"For they call themselves after the holy city And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name. 3"I declared the former things long ago And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.…
Cross References
Romans 2:17
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the Law and boast in God;

Nehemiah 11:1
Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem, but the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while nine-tenths remained in the other cities.

Isaiah 10:20
Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 52:1
Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you.

Isaiah 64:10
Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Jeremiah 7:4
"Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.'

Jeremiah 21:2
"Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us."

Jeremiah 44:26
"Nevertheless hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are living in the land of Egypt, 'Behold, I have sworn by My great name,' says the LORD, 'never shall My name be invoked again by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "As the Lord GOD lives."

Micah 3:11
Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."
Treasury of Scripture

For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

they call

Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful …

Isaiah 64:10,11 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem …

Nehemiah 11:1,18 And the rulers of the people dwelled at Jerusalem: the rest of the …

Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, …

Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.

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

Matthew 4:5 Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a …

Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure …

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God …

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this …

and stay

Isaiah 10:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, …

Judges 17:13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing …

1 Samuel 4:3-5 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel …

Jeremiah 7:4-11 Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The …

Jeremiah 21:2 Inquire, I pray you, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

John 8:40,41 But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which …

Romans 2:17 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God,

the Lord

Isaiah 47:4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, …

Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all …

(2) They call themselves of the holy city . . .--The words of praise are spoken, as the preceding words show, with a touch of irony. Those who so boasted were not true citizens of Zion (Psalm 15:1; Matthew 3:9). They did not enter into all that was implied in their confession of Jehovah Sabaoth.

Verse 2. - For they call themselves of the holy city. It is an indication of their real want of truth and righteousness, that they lay such stress upon what is so entirely outward and formal, as the fact of their belonging to" the holy city," Jerusalem. Compare the boast of the Jews in our Lord's time, "We be Abraham's seed" (John 8:33). Stay themselves upon the God of Israel. Not resting upon him in real faith and true humble dependence, as those Israelites who are mentioned in Isaiah 10:20. but trusting to the facts that they were "Israel," and that God was "the God of Israel," and therefore bound to protect them. God reminds them that, if he is "the God of Israel," he is also "the Lord of hosts" - a term, as Dr. Kay notes, especially connected with the holiness of God. For they call themselves of the holy city,.... The city Jerusalem, so called because the temple, the place of divine worship, was in it, the residence of the Holy One of Israel: they valued themselves, not only upon their being of the family of Jacob, and of the tribe of Judah, but that they were inhabitants of Jerusalem, the holy city; as many now call themselves fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, when they are strangers both to God and his people in the experimental knowledge of things:

and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; professed to trust in the Lord, and lean upon him, and rely upon his power and providence, his mercy and goodness, and expect all needful things from him, renouncing all confidence in the creature; and yet at the same time acted an hypocritical part, their faith was feigned: see Micah 3:11.

The Lord of hosts is his name; whom they professed to be their God and Father, their Lord and Husband, their Saviour and Redeemer; who has all power in heaven and in earth, and does according to his will in both worlds, having the hosts of angels and armies of men at his command, and therefore so called. 2. For—Ye deserve these reproofs; "for" ye call yourselves citizens of "the holy city" (Isa 52:1), but not in truth (Isa 48:1; Ne 11:1; Da 9:24); so the inscription on their coins of the time of the Maccabees. "Jerusalem the Holy."48:1-8 The Jews valued themselves on descent from Jacob, and used the name of Jehovah as their God. They prided themselves respecting Jerusalem and the temple, yet there was no holiness in their lives. If we are not sincere in religion, we do but take the name of the Lord in vain. By prophecy they were shown how God would deal with them, long before it came to pass. God has said and done enough to prevent men's boasting of themselves, which makes the sin and ruin of the proud worse; sooner or later every mouth shall be stopped, and all become silent before Him. We are all born children of disobedience. Where original sin is, actual sin will follow. Does not the conscience of every man witness to the truth of Scripture? May the Lord prove us, and render us doers of the word.
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