Isaiah 51:2
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New International Version
look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.

New Living Translation
Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation."

English Standard Version
Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him.

New American Standard Bible
"Look to Abraham your father And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; When he was but one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him."

King James Bible
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain. When I called him, he was only one; I blessed him and made him many.

International Standard Version
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave you birth. For when he was only one person I called him, but I made him fruitful and made him many.

NET Bible
Look at Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who gave you birth. When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, but I blessed him and gave him numerous descendants.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look to Abraham, your ancestor, and to Sarah, from whom you are descended. When I called Abraham, he was childless. I blessed him and gave him many descendants.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Look unto Abraham your father and unto Sarah that bore you; for I called him alone and blessed him and multiplied him.

King James 2000 Bible
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

American King James Version
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

American Standard Version
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Look unto Abraham your father, and to Sara that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and multiplied him.

Darby Bible Translation
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bore you; for I called him when he was alone, and blessed him, and multiplied him.

English Revised Version
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

Webster's Bible Translation
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

World English Bible
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

Young's Literal Translation
Look attentively unto Abraham your father, And unto Sarah -- she bringeth you forth, For -- one -- I have called him, And I bless him, and multiply him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

51:1-3 It is good for those privileged by the new birth, to consider that they were shapen in sin. This should cause low thoughts of ourselves, and high thoughts of Divine grace. It is the greatest comfort to be made serviceable to the glory of God. The more holiness men have, and the more good they do, the more gladness they have. Let us seriously reflect upon our guilt. To do so will tend to keep the heart humble, and the conscience awake and tender. They make Christ more precious to the soul, and give strength to our attempts and prayers for others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - I called him alone; or, I called him when he was but ode; i.e. before he had any children (comp. Ezekiel 33:24, "Abraham was one, and he inherited the land"). And blessed him (see Genesis 24:1, 35). And increased him; i.e. "made him a father of many nations" (Genesis 17:5). If God could multiply the progeny of ode man, much more could he make a flourishing nation out of the exiles, who, though but a "remnant" of the pro-Captivity Israel, were yet many thousands in number (see Ezra 2:64).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Look unto Abraham your father,.... Not only the father of the Jewish nation, but of all them that believe: this explains what is meant by the rock, in the former verse, who is to be looked unto for imitation in the exercise of faith, and performance of duty, and for encouragement in distressed times and circumstances:

and unto Sarah that bare you; signified by the pit or cistern; who was not only the mother of the Jewish nation; but such also are her daughters who do well, and tread in her steps: now the very unpromising circumstances these two persons were in, are proposed to be considered by the church in her present ones, for the encouragement of her faith; that as a numerous issue proceeded from them, so also should she become fruitful and multiply:

for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him; he was without issue when he was "called" out of Chaldea into another country, and also the only one of the family; and the Lord "blessed" him not only with flocks and herds, and gold and silver, but with a son in his old age; and so "increased" him, that there sprung from him as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand by the sea shore innumerable, Hebrews 11:12. The Septuagint and Arabic versions, between "blessed" and "increased", insert these words, "and I loved him", which are not in the Hebrew text. The Targum is,

"and one was Abraham, alone in the world, and I brought him to my service, and I blessed him, and multiplied him.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. alone—translate, "I called him when he was but one" (Eze 33:24). The argument is: the same God who had so blessed "one" individual, as to become a mighty nation (Ge 12:1; 22:7), can also increase and bless the small remnant of Israel, both that left in the Babylonish captivity, and that left in the present and latter days (Zec 14:2); "the residue" (Isa 13:8, 9).

Isaiah 51:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Salvation for Zion
1"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug. 2"Look to Abraham your father And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; When he was but one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him." 3Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.…
Cross References
Romans 4:17
As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

Genesis 12:1
The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.

Genesis 15:5
He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Deuteronomy 1:10
The LORD your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

Isaiah 29:22
Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob: "No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.

Isaiah 41:8
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,

Isaiah 43:27
Your first father sinned; those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.

Isaiah 60:22
The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly."

Isaiah 63:16
But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

Ezekiel 33:24
"Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, 'Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.'
Treasury of Scripture

Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

unto Abraham

Genesis 15:1,2 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Genesis 18:11-13 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased …

Joshua 24:3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, …

Romans 4:1-5,16-24 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to …

for

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Genesis 13:14-17 And the LORD said to Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, …

Genesis 15:4,5 And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, This shall …

Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

Genesis 24:1,35 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed …

Nehemiah 9:7,8 You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abram, and brought him forth …

Ezekiel 33:24 Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel …

Galatians 3:9-14 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham…

Hebrews 11:8-12 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which …

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