Isaiah 59:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

New Living Translation
Listen! The LORD's arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

English Standard Version
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;

New American Standard Bible
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear.

King James Bible
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the LORD's hand is not too short to save, and His ear is not too deaf to hear.

International Standard Version
"See, the LORD's hand is not too short to save, nor are his ears too dull to hear.

NET Bible
Look, the LORD's hand is not too weak to deliver you; his ear is not too deaf to hear you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is not too weak to save or his ear too deaf to hear.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, the hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear dull, that it cannot hear:

American King James Version
Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

American Standard Version
Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Douay-Rheims Bible
BEHOLD the hand of the Lord is not shortened that it cannot save, neither is his ear heavy that it cannot hear.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear;

English Revised Version
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

World English Bible
Behold, Yahweh's hand is not shortened, that it can't save; neither his ear heavy, that it can't hear:

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, the hand of Jehovah Hath not been shortened from saving, Nor heavy his ear from hearing.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

59:1-8 If our prayers are not answered, and the salvation we wait for is not wrought for us, it is not because God is weary of hearing prayer, but because we are weary of praying. See here sin in true colours, exceedingly sinful; and see sin in its consequences, exceedingly hurtful, separating from God, and so separating us, not only from all good, but to all evil. Yet numbers feed, to their own destruction, on infidel and wicked systems. Nor can their skill or craft, in devising schemes, as the spider weaves its web, deliver or save them. No schemes of self-wrought salvation shall avail those who despise the Redeemer's robe of righteousness. Every man who is destitute of the Spirit of Christ, runs swiftly to evil of some sort; but those regardless of Divine truth and justice, are strangers to peace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-8. - A GENERAL REBUKE OF ISRAEL FOR ITS MANIFOLD SINS, The command given to the prophet in Isaiah 58:1 to "show God's people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins " - partly executed in Isaiah 58:4-7 and 13 - is now further carried out by a scathing denunciation of various forms of wickedness, more or less prevalent in Israel, the effect of which has been to separate between Israel and God, to "shorten God's hand" and "make his ears heavy." The passage has many analogies with Isaiah 1:2-23. Verse 1. - The Lord's hand is not shortened; i.e. God is not less able to help than of old; his "hand" has lost none of its power. That he does not help is owing to the iniquities of his people, which have separated between him and them (ver. 2). It is the same fact which has made his ear heavy. He cannot hear prayers that are not sincere - not from the heart.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,.... It is not for want of power in the Lord, that he has not as yet destroyed the enemies of his people, antichrist, and the antichristian states, and saved them out of their hands, and made them to triumph over them; or brought on the glorious state of the church, and fulfilled the promises of good things, suggested in the latter part of the preceding chapter. His hand is as long as ever, and as able to reach his and their enemies in the greatest height of power, or at the greatest distance, and to do every good thing for them; his power is as great as ever, and not in the least abridged or curtailed.

Neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: the prayers of his people, their cries unto him on their fast days, of which he seemed to take no notice, complained of Isaiah 58:3, this is not owing to any want of attention in him, or of readiness to hear prayer made unto him; for he is a God hearing and answering prayer, and is ready to help his people in every time of need, who apply to him in a proper and suitable manner; his eyes are upon them, and his ears are open to their cries. And this is introduced with a "behold", as requiring attention, and deserving the notice and consideration of his people. The Targum is,

"behold, not through defect of hand (or power) from the Lord ye are not saved; nor because it is heavy to him to hear, that your prayer is not received.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 59

Isa 59:1-21. The People's Sin the Cause of Judgments: They at Last Own It Themselves: the Redeemer's Future Interposition in Their Extremity.

The reason why Jehovah does not deliver His people, notwithstanding their religious services (Isa 58:3), is not want of power on His part, but because of their sins (Isa 59:1-8); Isa 59:9-15 contain their confession; Isa 59:16-21, the consequent promise of the Messiah.

1. hand … shortened—(See on [858]Isa 50:2).

ear heavy—(Isa 6:10).

Isaiah 59:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sin Separates Us from God
1Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. 2But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.…
Cross References
Numbers 11:23
The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD's arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you."

Isaiah 50:2
When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.

Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

Isaiah 65:24
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Jeremiah 14:9
Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, LORD, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!

Jeremiah 32:17
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

Ezekiel 8:18
Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them."

Micah 2:7
You descendants of Jacob, should it be said, "Does the LORD become impatient? Does he do such things?" "Do not my words do good to the one whose ways are upright?
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

the Lord's

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none …

Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will …

Numbers 11:23 And the LORD said to Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short? you shall …

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your …

that it cannot save

Isaiah 63:1 Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? …

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

his ear

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and …

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of …

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