Isaiah 49:24
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New International Version
Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce?

New Living Translation
Who can snatch the plunder of war from the hands of a warrior? Who can demand that a tyrant let his captives go?

English Standard Version
Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?

New American Standard Bible
"Can the prey be taken from the mighty man, Or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?"

King James Bible
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered?

International Standard Version
"Can they seize plunder from warriors, or can the captives of tyrants be rescued?

NET Bible
Can spoils be taken from a warrior, or captives be rescued from a conqueror?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can loot be taken away from mighty men or prisoners be freed from conquerors?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

American King James Version
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

American Standard Version
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives be delivered?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall the prey be taken from the strong? or can that which was taken by the mighty be delivered?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty? and shall he that is rightfully captive be delivered?

English Revised Version
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives be delivered?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

World English Bible
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives be delivered?

Young's Literal Translation
Is prey taken from the mighty? And the captive of the righteous delivered?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

49:24-26 We were lawful captives to the justice of God, yet delivered by a price of unspeakable value. Here is an express promise: Even the prey of the terrible shall be delivered. We may here view Satan deprived of his prey, bound and cast into the pit; and all the powers that have combined to enslave, persecute, or corrupt the church, are destroyed; that all the earth may know that our Saviour and Redeemer is Jehovah, the mighty One of Jacob. And every effort we make to rescue our fellow-sinners from the bondage of Satan, is, in some degree, helping forward that great change.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Shall the prey be taken, etc.? The incredulous among the exiles thought it well-nigh impossible that Babylon should be forced to disgorge her prey - the captives whose labours were so valuable to her. Babylon was mighty. By the laws of war she had a rightful claim to her captives. How was she to be induced or compelled to give them up?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,.... This is an objection to the accomplishment of what is predicted and promised above, taken from the power of the enemy, and his right to detain the people; and are either the words of the nations among whom the Jews were, according to Kimchi, boasting of, and presuming upon, and opposing to what is said, both their might and right, to keep the people in their own hands, bidding as it were defiance to any to attempt to take them from them; or the words of the prophet, in the name of the people, as Aben Ezra, objecting to their deliverance, doubting the effecting of it, or admiring at it: it may be applied to the taking of the Lord's people out of the hands of Satan, who may be said to be "mighty" or "strong", as he appears to be from his nature, a spirit; from his names, the strong man armed, a roaring lion, the great red dragon, leviathan, the piercing serpent, &c.; and from his power and dominion over the evil angels, and over men, both their bodies and souls; and to whom the Lord's own people are a "prey", while they are in a state of nature, as all mankind, and every unconverted man, be; a difficult thing it is to take any out of his hands, and a wonder of grace it is when it is done:

or the lawful captive delivered? justly and lawfully taken captive in war, as the Jews were by the Babylonians: or, "the captivity of the righteous be delivered" (t); that is, either the righteous who were taken captives; or those that took them, who were so in their opinion, at least with respect to the taking of them, doing, as they judged, what was lawful and just. The people of God are in their state of nature led by Satan at his will, and are lawful captives in the judgment of him, and his principalities; and are in reality taken in war by him, and not only led captive by him at his will, but with their own will, and are justly given up unto him. Perhaps all this may be better referred to the people of God being a prey to the Romish antichrist, and detained as a lawful captive by him, and to the difficult and wonderful deliverance of them from him in the latter day; see Revelation 13:4. The Targum interprets this and the following verse of the captives of Esau and Ishmael, by whom seem to be meant the Pope and Turk.

(t) "et an captivitas justi evadet", Montanus; "vel liberabitur", Munster; "captiva turba justi", Vitringa. And by the righteous Gussetius (Ebr. Comment. p. 709.) understands God the Father, who is righteous as a judge, exercising vindictive justice; and from him another person delivers us, namely, God the Son, the Messiah. A sense truly evangelical.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. the prey—Israel, long a prey to mighty Gentile nations, whose oppression of her shall reach its highest point under Antichrist (Da 11:36, 37, 41, 45).

lawful captive—the Jews justly consigned for their sins (Isa 50:1) as captives to the foe. Secondarily, Satan and Death are "the mighty" conquerors of man, upon whom his sin give them their "lawful" claim. Christ answers that claim for the sinners, and so the captive is set free (Job 19:25; 14:14; Mt 12:29; Ho 6:2, where Isa 49:4 shows the primary reference is to Israel's restoration, to which the resurrection corresponds; Isa 26:19; Eph 4:8; Heb 2:14, 15). Others not so well translate, "the captives taken from among the just Israelites."

Isaiah 49:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Restoration of Israel
23"Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth And lick the dust of your feet; And you will know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame. 24"Can the prey be taken from the mighty man, Or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?" 25Surely, thus says the LORD, "Even the captives of the mighty man will be taken away, And the prey of the tyrant will be rescued; For I will contend with the one who contends with you, And I will save your sons.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:29
"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

Mark 3:27
In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man's house.

Luke 11:21
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.

Isaiah 5:29
Their roar is like that of the lion, they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize their prey and carry it off with no one to rescue.

Nahum 2:13
"I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard."
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Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

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Ezekiel 37:3,11 And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, …

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Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared …

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall …

Psalm 124:6,7 Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth…

Psalm 126:1-3 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them …

Matthew 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his …

Luke 11:21,22 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace…

lawful captive. Heb. captivity of the just

Ezra 9:9,13 For we were slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, …

Nehemiah 9:33,37 However, you are just in all that is brought on us; for you have …

Jeremiah 25:6-9,11-14 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and …

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