Isaiah 60:22
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New International Version
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."

New Living Translation
The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen."

English Standard Version
The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it.

New American Standard Bible
"The smallest one will become a clan, And the least one a mighty nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."

King James Bible
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The least will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am Yahweh; I will accomplish it quickly in its time.

International Standard Version
The least of them will become a thousand, and the smallest one a mighty nation. "I am the LORD; When the time is right, I will do this swiftly."

NET Bible
The least of you will multiply into a thousand; the smallest of you will become a large nation. When the right time comes, I the LORD will quickly do this!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The smallest of them will become a family. The weakest of them will become a mighty nation. At the right time I, the LORD, will make it happen quickly."

Jubilee Bible 2000
The small one shall be as a thousand; the youngest as a strong nation; I the LORD will hasten it in its time.

King James 2000 Bible
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in its time.

American King James Version
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

American Standard Version
The little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation; I, Jehovah, will hasten it in its time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The least shall become a thousand, and a little one a most strong nation: I the Lord will suddenly do this thing in its time.

Darby Bible Translation
The little one shall become a thousand, and the smallest a mighty nation: I, Jehovah, will hasten it in its time.

English Revised Version
The little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in its time.

Webster's Bible Translation
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in its time.

World English Bible
The little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation; I, Yahweh, will hasten it in its time."

Young's Literal Translation
The little one doth become a chief, And the small one a mighty nation, I, Jehovah, in its own time do hasten it!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

60:15-22 We must look for the full accomplishment in times and things, exceeding those of the Old Testament church. The nations and their kings shall lay themselves out for the good of the church. Such a salvation, such a redemption, shall be wrought out for thee, as discovers itself to be the work of the Lord. Every thing shall be changed for the better. In thy land shall no more be heard threats of those that do violence, nor complaints of those that suffer violence. Thy walls shall be means of safety, thy gates shall be written upon with praises to God. In the close of this chapter are images and expressions used in the description of the New Jerusalem, Re 21:23; 22:5. Nothing can answer to this but some future glorious state of the church on earth, or the state of the church triumphant in heaven. Those that make God their only light, shall have him their all-sufficient light. And the happiness shall know no change or alloy. No people on earth are all righteous; but there are no mixtures in heaven. They shall be wholly righteous. The spirits of just men shall there be made perfect. The glory of the church shall be to the honour of God. When it shall be finished, it will appear a work of wonder. It may seem too difficult to be brought about, but the God of almighty power has undertaken it. It may seem to be delayed and put off; but the Lord will hasten it in the time appointed by his wisdom, though not in the time prescribed by our folly. Let this hope cheer us under all difficulties, and stir us up to all diligence, that we may have an abundant entrance into this everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - A little one; i.e. the "little flock" of our Lord's own time on earth (Luke 12:32), will become a strong nation - a countless multitude (Revelation 7:9). In his time; rather, in its time, when the time fixed in God's counsels for the final establishment of Christ's kingdom arrives.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A little one shall become a thousand,.... A small family, a little handful of people in all ages, scattered up and down in the world, of no esteem and account in it, being all gathered together, that ever were in the world, will appear to be thousands and millions, and such a number as no man can number, Revelation 7:9.

and a small one a strong nation; a company of weak persons, persecuted by their enemies, and unable to resist them, as in the present state: now there will be a nation of them strong and mighty; the feeble among them shall be as David, and the house of David as God, as the Angel of the Lord, Zechariah 12:8,

I the Lord will hasten it in his time: as there was a fixed appointed time for Christ's first coming, so there is for his second coming, when this state and dispensation of things will commence; and when that time comes, it will be deferred no longer; as soon as ever it is up, the Lord will hasten the accomplishment of what he has promised, and who is able also to perform; see 1 Timothy 6:15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. little one—Even one, and that the smallest in number and rank, shall be multiplied a thousandfold in both respects (Mic 5:2; Mt 13:31, 32).

his time—not our time; we might wish to hasten it, but it will come in due time, as in the case of Jesus' first coming (Ga 4:4); so in that of the restoration of Israel and the conversion of the world (Isa 66:8; Hab 2:3; Ac 1:7; Heb 10:37).

Isaiah 60:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Future Glory for Zion
21"Then all your people will be righteous; They will possess the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified. 22"The smallest one will become a clan, And the least one a mighty nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."
Cross References
Isaiah 10:22
Though your people be like the sand by the sea, Israel, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.

Isaiah 51:2
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.
Treasury of Scripture

A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

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Isaiah 66:8 Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth …

Daniel 2:35,44 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, …

Matthew 13:31,32 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven …

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same …

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of …

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could …

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Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see …

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

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