Isaiah 51:14
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New International Version
The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.

New Living Translation
Soon all you captives will be released! Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!

English Standard Version
He who is bowed down shall speedily be released; he shall not die and go down to the pit, neither shall his bread be lacking.

New American Standard Bible
"The exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, nor will his bread be lacking.

King James Bible
The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The prisoner is soon to be set free; he will not die and go to the Pit, and his food will not be lacking.

International Standard Version
Distress will quickly be set free. He won't die in the Pit, nor will he lack food."

NET Bible
The one who suffers will soon be released; he will not die in prison, he will not go hungry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Chained prisoners will be set free. They will not die in prison. They will not go without food.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The prisoner is anxious that he may be loosed and that he should not die in the pit nor that his bread should fail.

King James 2000 Bible
The captive exile hastens that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

American King James Version
The captive exile hastens that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

American Standard Version
The captive exile shall speedily be loosed; and he shall not die and go down into the pit, neither shall his bread fail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall quickly come that is going to open unto you, and he shall not kill unto utter destruction, neither shall his bread fail.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is bowed down shall speedily be loosed, and he shall not die in the pit, nor shall his bread fail.

English Revised Version
The captive exile shall speedily be loosed; and he shall not die and go down into the pit, neither shall his bread fail.

Webster's Bible Translation
The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

World English Bible
The captive exile shall speedily be freed; and he shall not die [and go down] into the pit, neither shall his bread fail.

Young's Literal Translation
Hastened hath a wanderer to be loosed, And he doth not die at the pit, And his bread is not lacking.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

51:9-16 The people whom Christ has redeemed with his blood, as well as by his power, will obtain joyful deliverance from every enemy. He that designs such joy for us at last, will he not work such deliverance in the mean time, as our cases require? In this world of changes, it is a short step from joy to sorrow, but in that world, sorrow shall never come in view. They prayed for the display of God's power; he answers them with consolations of his grace. Did we dread to sin against God, we should not fear the frowns of men. Happy is the man that fears God always. And Christ's church shall enjoy security by the power and providence of the Almighty.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed; rather, he that is bent down hasteneth to be released; i.e. such of the exiles as were cramped and bent by fetters, or by the stocks, would speedily, on the fall of Babylon, obtain their release. They would not "die unto the pit," i.e. so as to belong to the pit and to be east into it, but would live and have a sufficiency of sustenance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed,.... The time hastens on, or God will hasten the time, for the release either of the captive Jews in literal Babylon, or of his people in mystical Babylon; or they that are in exile and captivity, as soon as ever opportunity offers for their release, will take it, and make no delay: though some understand the words by way of complaint, as if the persons spoken of were impatient, and could not wait the proper time of their deliverance:

and that he should not die in the pit; in captivity, which was like a pit or grave:

nor that his bread should fail: while in the pit or prison, or on his way home. Musculus interprets all this of Pharaoh, whom he supposes to be the oppressor in the preceding verse, and renders the words,

who hastened going to open, lest he should die in the destruction; who, when he saw the firstborn slain, hastened to open and let Israel go, and was urgent upon them to be gone immediately, lest he and all his people should perish in that calamity:

nor did his bread fail; the bread of the people delivered out of Egypt, so he understands it, but were provided with bread from heaven, all the while they were in the wilderness; and yet this instance of divine power and goodness was greatly forgotten in later times. Jerome applies the whole to Christ, who should quickly come; going and treading down his enemies; opening the way of victory; saving those that are converted, and giving the bread of doctrine to them: but the words are a promise to exiles and prisoners for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, that they should be quickly loosed and set free, and not die in prison, nor want bread, neither corporeal nor spiritual.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. captive exile—literally, one bowed down as a captive (Isa 10:4) [Maurer]. The scene is primarily Babylon, and the time near the close of the captivity. Secondarily, and antitypically, the mystical Babylon, the last enemy of Israel and the Church, in which they have long suffered, but from which they are to be gloriously delivered.

pit—such as were many of the ancient dungeons (compare Jer 38:6, 11, 13; Ge 37:20).

nor … bread … fail—(Isa 33:16; Jer 37:21).

Isaiah 51:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Salvation for Zion
13That you have forgotten the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth, That you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, As he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor? 14"The exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, nor will his bread be lacking. 15"For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the LORD of hosts is His name).…
Cross References
Isaiah 33:6
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

Isaiah 48:20
Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob."

Isaiah 49:10
They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

Isaiah 52:2
Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive.

Zechariah 9:11
As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
Treasury of Scripture

The captive exile hastens that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

captive

Isaiah 48:20 Go you forth of Babylon, flee you from the Chaldeans, with a voice …

Isaiah 52:2 Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose …

Ezra 1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and …

Acts 12:7,8 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came on him, and a light shined …

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Jeremiah 37:16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, …

Jeremiah 38:6-13 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah …

Lamentations 3:53,54 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone on me…

Zechariah 9:11 As for you also, by the blood of your covenant I have sent forth …

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