Isaiah 55:9
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New International Version
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

New Living Translation
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

English Standard Version
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

New American Standard Bible
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.

King James Bible
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

International Standard Version
"For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

NET Bible
for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts."

Jubilee Bible 2000
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts more than your thoughts.

King James 2000 Bible
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

American King James Version
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

American Standard Version
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.

Darby Bible Translation
For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

English Revised Version
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Webster's Bible Translation
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

World English Bible
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Young's Literal Translation
For high have the heavens been above the earth, So high have been My ways above your ways, And My thoughts above your thoughts.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

55:6-13 Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of all happiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God, now his word is calling to us, and his Spirit is striving with us. But there is a day coming when he will not be found. There may come such a time in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment the door will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way, but a change of the mind. We must alter our judgments about persons and things. It is not enough to break off from evil practices, we must strive against evil thoughts. To repent is to return to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so, God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend. But let none trifle with this plenteous mercy, or use it as an occasion to sin. Men's thoughts concerning sin, Christ, and holiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differ from God's; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon. We forgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, he remembers it no more. The power of his word in the kingdoms of providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects. If we take a special view of the church, we shall find what great things God has done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their own land; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel grace will make a great change in men. Delivered from the wrath to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of his Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation. And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth, to have such views of the fulness, freeness, and greatness of the rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow views of sovereign grace.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For as the heavens, are higher than the earth,.... Than which there cannot be conceived a greater distance:

so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts; which may denote the heavenliness of the ways and thoughts of God, the eternity and unsearchableness of them, and their excellency and preciousness; as well as the very great distance between his ways and thoughts and men's which this is designed to illustrate.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. (Ps 57:10; 89:2; 103:11). "For" is repeated from Isa 55:8. But Maurer, after the negation, translates, "but."

Isaiah 55:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Invitation to the Needy
8"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. 9"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;…
Cross References
2 Samuel 7:19
And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant--and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a mere human!

Psalm 103:11
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

Isaiah 14:24
The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.
Treasury of Scripture

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 36:5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches …

Psalm 77:19 Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters, and your …

Psalm 89:2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: your faithfulness …

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Romans 11:31-36 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy …

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