Isaiah 48:9
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New International Version
For my own name's sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.

New Living Translation
Yet for my own sake and for the honor of my name, I will hold back my anger and not wipe you out.

English Standard Version
“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off.

New American Standard Bible
"For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off.

King James Bible
For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will delay My anger for the honor of My name, and I will restrain Myself for your benefit and for My praise, so that you will not be destroyed.

International Standard Version
I defer my anger for my name's sake, and as my first act I'm restraining it for you, so as not to cut you off.

NET Bible
For the sake of my reputation I hold back my anger; for the sake of my prestige I restrain myself from destroying you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For my name's sake I'll be patient. For my glory's sake I'll hold my anger back from you, rather than destroy you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For my name's sake I will defer my anger, and for my praise I will wait patiently for thee that I not cut thee off.

King James 2000 Bible
For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I restrain it for you, that I cut you not off.

American King James Version
For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I cut you not off.

American Standard Version
For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For my name's sake I will remove my wrath far off: and for my praise I will bridle thee, lest thou shouldst perish.

Darby Bible Translation
For my name's sake I will defer mine anger, and [for] my praise will I refrain as to thee, that I cut thee not off.

English Revised Version
For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

Webster's Bible Translation
For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

World English Bible
For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I not cut you off.

Young's Literal Translation
For My name's sake I defer Mine anger, And My praise I restrain for thee, So as not to cut thee off.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

48:9-15 We have nothing ourselves to plead with God, why he should have mercy upon us. It is for his praise, to the honour of his mercy, to spare. His bringing men into trouble was to do them good. It was to refine them, but not as silver; not so thoroughly as men refine silver. If God should take that course, they are all dross, and, as such, might justly be put away. He takes them as refined in part only. Many have been brought home to God as chosen vessels, and a good work of grace begun in them, in the furnace of affliction. It is comfort to God's people, that God will secure his own honour, therefore work deliverance for them. And if God delivers his people, he cannot be at a loss for instruments to be employed. God has formed a plan, in which, for his own sake, and the glory of his grace, he saves all that come to Him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - For my Name's sake will I defer mine anger. Israel's insincerity (ver. 1), obstinacy (ver. 4), addiction to idols (ver. 5), blindness (ver. 8), and general resistance to God's will (ver. 8), could not but have provoked God's "anger." He will, however, "defer" it, "refrain" himself, not "cut Israel off, for his Name's sake." God, having selected one nation out of all the nations of the earth to be his "peculiar people" (Deuteronomy 14:2), and having declared this, and supported his people by miracles in their struggles with the other nations and peoples, was, so to speak, committed to protect and defend Israel "for his Name's sake," lest his Name should be blasphemed among the Gentiles (see Exodus 32:12; Numbers 14:13; Deuteronomy 9:28; Psalm 129:10; 106:8, etc.). He was also bound by the promises which he had made; and. still more, by the position which Israel occupied in his scheme of salvation, to allow the nation still to exist, and therefore to condone its iniquities and restrain his anger. But the dregs of the cup of vengeance were poured out at last.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For my name's sake will I defer mine anger,.... From age to age, for those sins which had been committed, and continued in ever since they were a people. The above account of them shows that it was not for any merits of theirs, or any works of righteousness done by them, that he showed favour to them, as afterwards expressed; but for his own name's sake, and because of his glory; because these people were called by his name, and said to be his people, lest therefore his name should be reproached among the Heathen, or he should suffer any diminution of his glory, therefore he did not at once stir up all his wrath, as their sins deserved, but prolonged it from time to time:

and for my praise will I refrain from thee, that I cut thee not off: that is, refrain mine anger from thee; or "seal" or "stop my nostrils" (c), that the smoke of his wrath and anger might not go out from thence to destroy them. The Targum is,

"I will confirm (or establish) thee, that I may not consume thee;''

and this he would do, because of his praise, of the praise of his mercy, grace, and goodness; and that he might have a people to praise him, which he would not, should they be cut off.

(c) "obstruam sive". "obturabo nares tibi", Malvenda, Gataker; so Jarchi.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. refrain—literally, "muzzle"; His wrath, after the return, was to be restrained a while, and then, because of their sins, let loose again (Ps 78:38).

for thee—that is, mine anger towards thee.

Isaiah 48:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Stubbornness
8"You have not heard, you have not known. Even from long ago your ear has not been open, Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously; And you have been called a rebel from birth. 9"For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off. 10"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 9:30
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.

Nehemiah 9:31
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

Psalm 78:38
Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.

Psalm 103:8
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Isaiah 30:18
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 37:35
"I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!"

Isaiah 43:25
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Isaiah 48:11
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.

Isaiah 65:8
This is what the LORD says: "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and people say, 'Don't destroy it, there is still a blessing in it,' so will I do in behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all.

Ezekiel 20:22
But I withheld my hand, and for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.

Ezekiel 36:21
I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.
Treasury of Scripture

For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I cut you not off.

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Isaiah 48:11 For my own sake, even for my own sake, will I do it: for how should …

Isaiah 37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for my own sake, and for my …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

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

1 Samuel 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: …

Psalm 25:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and …

Psalm 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make …

Psalm 143:11 Quicken me, O LORD, for your name's sake: for your righteousness' …

Jeremiah 14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do you it for your …

Ezekiel 20:9,14,22,44 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

Daniel 9:17-19 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his …

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Nehemiah 9:30,31 Yet many years did you forbear them, and testified against them by …

Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed …

Psalm 103:8-10 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy…

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to …

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