Isaiah 54:15
Parallel Verses
New International Version
If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

New Living Translation
If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

English Standard Version
If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you.

King James Bible
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone attacks you, it is not from Me; whoever attacks you will fall before you.

International Standard Version
Watch! If anyone does attack you, it will not be from me; whoever may attack you will fall because of you.

NET Bible
If anyone dares to challenge you, it will not be my doing! Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If anyone attacks you, it will not be my doing. Whoever attacks you will be defeated by you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If anyone should conspire against thee, it shall be without me, whosoever would conspire against thee shall fall before thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not from me: whosoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake.

American King James Version
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake.

American Standard Version
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall because of thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, an inhabitant shall come, who was not with me, he that was a stranger to thee before, shall be joined to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, they shall surely gather together, [but] not by me: whosoever gathereth together against thee shall fall because of thee.

English Revised Version
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall because of thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, they shall surely assemble but not by me: whoever shall assemble against thee shall fall for thy sake.

World English Bible
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, he doth diligently assemble without My desire, Who hath assembled near thee? By thee he falleth!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

54:11-17 Let the people of God, when afflicted and tossed, think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. The church is all glorious when full of the knowledge of God; for none teaches like him. It is a promise of the teaching and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All that are taught of God are taught to love one another. This seems to relate especially to the glorious times to succeed the tribulations of the church. Holiness, more than any thing, is the beauty of the church. God promises protection. There shall be no fears within; there shall be no fightings without. Military men value themselves on their splendid titles, but God calls them, Wasters made to destroy, for they make wasting and destruction their business. He created them, therefore he will serve his own designs by them. The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard speeches, Jude 1:15. Security and final victory are the heritage of each faithful servant of the Lord. The righteousness by which they are justified, and the grace by which they are sanctified, are the gift of God, and the effect of his special love. Let us beseech him to sanctify our souls, and to employ us in his service.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Behold, they shall surely gather together, etc.; rather, behold, should they gather themselves together; i.e. should enemies collect and threaten thee with harm, be assured that the attack is not by me - not my doing - and that, therefore, it will come to nought. All those who gather together against thee shall fall - i.e. stumble and be overthrown - through striking against thee. The rendering of the Authorized Version, "for thy sake," is quite indefensible.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me,.... Not by the Lord, by his command or order to do his will, and execute his pleasure, which sometimes was the case, as in Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, and others; but so it shall not be, when the enemies of Christ and his people gather together against them in the latter day; this will be by the means of three unclean spirits like frogs that will come out of the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet; even spirits of devils, Popish priests, and Jesuits, who will instigate, stir up, and get together the antichristian kings of the earth to the battle of almighty God, Revelation 16:14. Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, interpret them of Gog and Magog:

whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake; because of the love that I bear to thee, they shall not succeed, or do thee any hurt, but shall perish; or, "shall fall to thee" (c); so far from doing thee any hurt, they shall come over to thee, and be on thy side; be joined to thee, as the Vulgate Latin version; that is, the remnant that shall escape, and be converted, and give glory to God, Revelation 11:13 or rather, "shall fall before thee" (d), in thy sight; or, as the Targum, in the midst of thee; which remarkably paraphrases the words thus,

"at the end the kings of the nations, which are gathered together to afflict thee, O Jerusalem, shall fall in the midst of thee;''

for the kings of the earth that shall be gathered together against Christ and his church shall fall in battle before them, and their flesh shall become meat for the fowls of the heaven; the beast and false prophet, in company with them, will be taken and cast alive into the lake of fire, and the remnant be slain with the sword of Christ, Revelation 19:17.

(c) "ad te cadet", Cocceius. (d) "Cotam te cadet", Grotius, Gataker.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. gather together, &c.—that is, If it should happen that enemies "gather together" against thee (Ps 2:2), they will not have been sent by Me (compare Ho 8:4) as instruments of My wrath (nay, it will be with My disapproval); for "whosoever shall gather together," &c. (Ps 59:3).

fall for thy sake—rather, "shall come over to thy side" [Lowth]. Literally, "fall to thee" (Jer 21:9; 39:9). To be fully fulfilled to Jerusalem hereafter (Zec 14:16).

Isaiah 54:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Future Blessings for Zion
14"In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. 15"If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. 16"Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin.…
Cross References
Psalm 56:6
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.

Isaiah 40:2
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

Isaiah 41:11
"All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.

Isaiah 54:16
"See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake.

they shall

Ezekiel 38:8-23 After many days you shall be visited: in the latter years you shall …

Joel 3:9-14 Proclaim you this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty …

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth …

Revelation 19:19-21 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, …

Revelation 20:8,9 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters …

shall fall

Isaiah 43:3,4,14 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: …

Psalm 37:12,13 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth…

Zechariah 2:8 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to …

Zechariah 12:3,9 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all …

Zechariah 14:2,3 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the …

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