Isaiah 49:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
But I said, "I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God."

New Living Translation
I replied, "But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD's hand; I will trust God for my reward."

English Standard Version
But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.”

New American Standard Bible
But I said, "I have toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity; Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD, And My reward with My God."

King James Bible
Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I myself said: I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and futility; yet my vindication is with the LORD, and my reward is with my God.

International Standard Version
"I said: 'I've labored for nothing. I've exhausted my strength on futility and on emptiness.' Yet surely my recompense is with the LORD, and my reward is with my God.

NET Bible
But I thought, "I have worked in vain; I have expended my energy for absolutely nothing." But the LORD will vindicate me; my God will reward me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I said, "I have worked hard for nothing. I have used my strength, but I didn't accomplish anything. Yet, certainly my case is in the LORD's hands, and my reward is with my God."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I said: 'I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity; Yet surely my right is with the LORD, And my recompense with my God.'

New American Standard 1977
But I said, “I have toiled in vain,
            I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
            Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD,
            And My reward with My God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I said, I have laboured in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing, and in vain; yet surely my judgment is before the LORD and my recompense with my God.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing, and in vain: yet surely my due justice is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.

American King James Version
Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

American Standard Version
But I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity; yet surely the justice due to me is with Jehovah, and my recompense with my God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength without cause and in vain: therefore my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.

Darby Bible Translation
-- And I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and in vain; nevertheless my judgment is with Jehovah, and my work with my God.

English Revised Version
But I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my recompence with my God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain; yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

World English Bible
But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely the justice [due] to me is with Yahweh, and my reward with my God."

Young's Literal Translation
And I said, 'For a vain thing I laboured, For emptiness and vanity my power I consumed, But my judgment is with Jehovah, And my wage with my God.
Study Bible
You are My Servant
3He said to Me, "You are My Servant, Israel, In Whom I will show My glory." 4But I said, "I have toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity; Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD, And My reward with My God." 5And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength),…
Word Study

Then I said
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

I have laboured
yaga`  (yaw-gah')
to gasp; hence, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil -- faint, (make to) labour, (be) weary.

in vain
riyq  (reek)
emptiness; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain -- empty, to no purpose, (in) vain (thing), vanity.

I have spent
kalah  (kaw-law')
to end, whether intransitive (to cease, be finished, perish) or transitived (to complete, prepare, consume)

my strength
koach  (ko'-akh)
from an unused root meaning to be firm; vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard

for nought
tohuw  (to'-hoo)
a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain -- confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.

and in vain
hebel  (heh'bel)
emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb -- altogether, vain, vanity.

yet surely
'aken  (aw-kane')
firmly; figuratively, surely; also (advers.) but -- but, certainly, nevertheless, surely, truly, verily.

my judgment
mishpat  (mish-pawt')
a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (participant's) divine law, individual or collective

is with the LORD
Yhovah  (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.

and my work
p`ullah  (peh-ool-law')
(abstractly) work -- labour, reward, wages, work.

with my God
'elohiym  (el-o-heem')
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
49:1-6 The great Author of redemption shows the authority for his work. The sword of his word slays the lusts of his people, and all at enmity with them. His sharp arrows wound the conscience; but all these wounds will be healed, when the sinner prays to him for mercy. But even the Redeemer, who spake as never man spake in his personal ministry, often seemed to labour in vain. And if Jacob will not be brought back to God, and Israel will not be gathered, still Christ will be glorious. This promise is in part fulfilled in the calling of the Gentiles. Men perish in darkness. But Christ enlightens men, and so makes them holy and happy.
Cross References
Philippians 2:16
as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

Leviticus 26:20
'Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

Proverbs 29:26
Many seek the ruler's favor, But justice for man comes from the LORD.

Isaiah 25:1
O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

Isaiah 35:4
Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."

Isaiah 40:27
Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God "?

Isaiah 57:21
"There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

Isaiah 59:18
According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; To the coastlands He will make recompense.

Isaiah 61:10
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 65:23
"They will not labor in vain, Or bear children for calamity; For they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD, And their descendants with them.
Treasury of Scripture

Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

I have laboured

Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which …

Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, …

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

John 1:11 He came to his own, and his own received him not.

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he said, All day long I have stretched forth my hands …

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

spent

Leviticus 26:20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not …

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more …

yet

Isaiah 53:10-12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when …

Psalm 22:22-31 I will declare your name to my brothers: in the middle of the congregation …

Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

John 17:4,5 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which …

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, …

Philippians 2:9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

work. or, reward

Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall …

Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world, Say you …

Jump to Previous
Cause Due Hand Judgment Justice Labored Naught Nevertheless Nought Profit Purpose Recompense Right Spent Strength Surely Toiled Undergone Vain Vanity Weariness Work
Jump to Next
Cause Due Hand Judgment Justice Labored Naught Nevertheless Nought Profit Purpose Recompense Right Spent Strength Surely Toiled Undergone Vain Vanity Weariness Work
Links
Isaiah 49:4 NIV
Isaiah 49:4 NLT
Isaiah 49:4 ESV
Isaiah 49:4 NASB
Isaiah 49:4 KJV

Isaiah 49:4 Biblia Paralela
Isaiah 49:4 Chinese Bible
Isaiah 49:4 French Bible
Isaiah 49:4 German Bible

Alphabetical: and But due for God hand have I in is justice labored LORD Lord's me my no nothing purpose reward said spent strength surely the to toiled vain vanity what with Yet

OT Prophets: Isaiah 49:4 But I said I have labored (Isa Isi Is) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Isaiah 49:3
Top of Page
Top of Page