Isaiah 8:11
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New International Version
This is what the LORD says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

New Living Translation
The LORD has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,

English Standard Version
For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying:

New American Standard Bible
For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

King James Bible
For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this is what the LORD said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people:

International Standard Version
For this is what the LORD spoke to me, as his forceful hand was resting on me, and as he was warning me not to live the way this people were living:

NET Bible
Indeed this is what the LORD told me. He took hold of me firmly and warned me not to act like these people:

New Heart English Bible
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD said with his powerful hand on me. He warned me not to follow the ways of these people:

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, admonishing me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:

New American Standard 1977
For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

American King James Version
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

American Standard Version
For Jehovah spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus saith the Lord to me: As he hath taught me, with a strong arm, that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and he instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

English Revised Version
For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

World English Bible
For Yahweh spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
For thus hath Jehovah spoken unto me with strength of hand, and instructeth me against walking in the way of this people, saying,
Study Bible
A Call to Fear God
10"Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us." 11For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, 12"You are not to say, 'It is a conspiracy!' In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.…
Cross References
1 Kings 18:46
Then the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he girded up his loins and outran Ahab to Jezreel.

Isaiah 30:1
"Woe to the rebellious children," declares the LORD, "Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;

Ezekiel 2:8
"Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you."

Ezekiel 3:14
So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me.
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

with a strong hand. Heb. in strength of hand

Jeremiah 20:7,9 O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger …

Ezekiel 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, …

Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

instructed

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: …

Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path:

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus said the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you …

Ezekiel 2:6-8 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

(11) For the Lord spake thus to me.--We enter on a new section, separated, probably, by a short interval of time, but dealing with the same subject. In the "strong hand" we have an anthropomorphic phrase, implying a specially high degree of the intensity of inspiration (1Kings 18:46; 2Kings 3:15; Ezekiel 1:3; Ezekiel 3:14; Ezekiel 3:22; Ezekiel 8:1; Ezekiel 37:1). Something had occurred which brought the prophet into a state like that of St. Paul in Acts 17:16; Acts 18:5. Indignation and zeal were roused to their highest point, and were able to resist all human pressure from without. The result was a lesson which was to be specially impressed on the disciples who gathered round the prophet.

Verses 11-16. - THE GROUNDS OF ISAIAH'S CONFIDENCE. Having declared his absolute confidence, not only that the attack of Pekah and Rezin will fail (vers. 1-4), but that Assyria also (ver. 8), nay, that all the nations of the earth (ver. 9) will fail, and bring destruction upon themselves, if they "devise devices" against God's true people, the prophet explains the ground of his confidence by relating a special "instruction" which he had received from God some time previously, he had been bidden to separate himself from the mass of his countrymen in thought and feeling, and to cling only to Jehovah, who would "be for a Sanctuary" (ver. 14) to his own, but "for a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offence" to all others. Verse 11. - For the Lord. Mr. Cheyne regards this passage as "a short oracle, complete in itself," and entirely unconnected with what has preceded. But the initial ki, "for," is in that case inexplicable. Spake thus to me with a strong hand; literally, with strength of hand - i.e. laying a strong grasp upon him; and, as it were, constraining him to attend (comp. Ezekiel 1:3; Ezekiel 3:14, 22, etc.). That I should not walk in the way of this people. Isaiah was bidden not to "follow a multitude to evil" (Exodus 23:2). It was not merely idolatry against which he was warned, but the whole spirit and tone of the society of his day. He was not to entertain their suspicions, or to hope their hopes, or to fear their fears. He was to take a line of his own, to fear God and him only; then God would be "for a Sanctuary" to him. For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand,.... In the strength of prophecy, as the Targum explains it; and so all the Jews' interpreters understand it of prophecy, as in Ezekiel 1:3, or, "the Lord spake thus to me, when he took (me) by the hand" (t); as parents or masters take hold of the hands of children, while they are advising and instructing them, as expressive of their great affection for them; and when they would retain them with them, or restrain them from doing amiss:

and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people: or join with them in desiring and seeking for the help of the king of Assyria, against Rezin and Remaliah's son; or in being willing to surrender up into their hands:

saying; as follows:

(t) "apprehensione manus", Piscator; "cum manu me apprehenderit", Tigurine version. 11. with a strong hand—or else, "when He grasped me with His hand" [Horsley]. Maurer, as English Version, "with the impetus of His hand," that is, the felt impulse of His inspiration in my mind (Jer 15:17; Eze 1:3; 3:14, 22; 37:1).

way of … people—their distrust of Jehovah, and the panic which led them and Ahab to seek Assyrian aid.8:9-16 The prophet challenges the enemies of the Jews. Their efforts would be vain, and themselves broken to pieces. It concerns us, in time of trouble, to watch against all such fears as put us upon crooked courses for our own security. The believing fear of God preserves against the disquieting fear of man. If we thought rightly of the greatness and glory of God, we should see all the power of our enemies restrained. The Lord, who will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in him, will be a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those who make the creature their fear and their hope. If the things of God be an offence to us, they will undo us. The apostle quotes this as to all who persisted in unbelief of the gospel of Christ, 1Pe 2:8. The crucified Emmanuel, who was and is a Stumbling-stone and Rock of offence to unbelieving Jews, is no less so to thousands who are called Christians. The preaching of the cross is foolishness in their esteem; his doctrines and precepts offend them.
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