Isaiah 9:8
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New International Version
The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel.

New Living Translation
The Lord has spoken out against Jacob; his judgment has fallen upon Israel.

English Standard Version
The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;

New American Standard Bible
The Lord sends a message against Jacob, And it falls on Israel.

King James Bible
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord sent a message against Jacob; it came against Israel.

International Standard Version
"The LORD has sent a plague against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;

NET Bible
The sovereign master decreed judgment on Jacob, and it fell on Israel.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD sent a word into Jacob, and it falls on Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD sent a message against Jacob. The message is against Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, And it hath lighted upon Israel.

New American Standard 1977
The Lord sends a message against Jacob,
            And it falls on Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has lighted upon Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has fallen upon Israel.

American King James Version
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has lighted on Israel.

American Standard Version
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
The Lord sent a word unto Jacob, and it lighteth upon Israel.

English Revised Version
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

World English Bible
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it falls on Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
A word hath the Lord sent into Jacob, And it hath fallen in Israel.
Study Bible
Judgment against Israel's Pride
7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. 8The Lord sends a message against Jacob, And it falls on Israel. 9And all the people know it, That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, Asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:7
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:9
And all the people know it, That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, Asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:
Treasury of Scripture

The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has lighted on Israel.

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Isaiah 7:7,8 Thus said the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass…

Isaiah 8:4-8 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother…

Micah 1:1-9 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days …

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, …

Zechariah 5:1-4 Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll…

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

(8).The Lord sent a word into Jacob . . .--For "hath lighted" read it lighteth. A new section, though still closely connected with the historical occasion of Isaiah 7, begins. The vision of the glory of the far-off king comes to an end, and the prophet returns to the more immediate surroundings of his time. The "word" which Jehovah sends is the prophetic message that follows. It is a question whether the terms "Jacob" and "Israel" stand in the parallelism of identity or contrast, but the use of the former term in Isaiah 2:3; Isaiah 2:5-6, makes the former use more probable. In this case both names stand practically for the kingdom of Judah as the true representative of Israel, the apostate kingdom of the Ten Tribes being no longer worthy of the name, and therefore described here, as in Isaiah 7:5; Isaiah 7:8; Isaiah 7:17, simply as Ephraim. The occasion of the prophecy is given in Isaiah 9:9. Pekah, the king of Ephraim, was still confident in his strength, and in spite of his partial failure, and the defeat of his ally (2Kings 16:9), derided the prophet's prediction.

Verses 8-21. - THE PROPHET RETURNS TO THREATS AND WARNINGS, ADDRESSED CHIEFLY TO THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL. The remainder of this chapter, together with the first four verses of the next, seems to have formed originally a distinct and separate prophecy. The passage is a poem in four stanzas, with the same refrain at the end of each: "For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still." A somewhat early date has been assigned to the prophecy, as; for instance, "some period in the reign of Jotham" (Cheyne); but the internal evidence only proves that it was written before the destruction of Samaria by the Assyrians. Verse 8. - Jacob... Israel. These words do not show that the prophecy is directed against the kingdom of Israel only. "Jacob" designates Judah rather than Israel in Isaiah 2:3, 5, 6; and the expression, "both the houses of Israel," in Isaiah 8:14, shows that the term "Israel" embraces both kingdoms. Tim distinctive names by which Isaiah ordinarily designates the northern kingdom are "Ephraim" and "Samaria." The Lord sent a word unto Jacob,.... The prophet, having comforted Judah with the promise of the Messiah, returns to denounce the judgments of God upon the ten tribes, under the names of Jacob and Israel, which signify the same; for the "word" here is not the word of promise, the comfortable word concerning the Messiah before mentioned; but a word of threatening, ruin, and destruction, to the kingdom of Israel, after enlarged upon, which the Lord sent unto them by his prophets before hand, to warn them of it, and bring them to repentance; by which they would know, when it came to pass, that their destruction was of the Lord, and not a matter of chance: the Septuagint version is, "the Lord sent death upon Jacob"; and so the Arabic version, following it; the same word, differently pointed, being used for the pestilence, but is not the sense here; the Targum, Syriac, and Vulgate Latin versions, render it, "a word", as we do:

and it hath lighted upon Israel, or "hath fallen" (x); as an arrow shot out of a bow, as some think; or as seed cast upon the earth; or rather like a thunderbolt: it denotes the sure and full accomplishment of the word of God upon the persons to whom it was sent; for as his word of promise, so of threatening, does not return to him void and empty, Isaiah 55:10. The Targum is,

"the Lord sent a word into the house of Jacob, and it was heard in Israel.''

(x) "cecidit", Grotius, Cocccius. Isa 9:8-10:4. Prophecy as to the Ten Tribes.

Delivered a little later than the previous one. The ninth and tenth chapters ought to have been so divided. The present division into chapters was made by Cardinal Hugo, in A.D. 1250; and into verses, by Robert Stephens, the famous printer of Paris, in 1551. After the Assyrian invasion of Syria, that of Ephraim shall follow (2Ki 16:9); Isa 9:8-11, 17-20, foretell the intestine discords in Israel after Hoshea had slain Pekah (A.D. 739), that is, just after the Assyrian invasions, when for seven years it was stripped of magistrates and torn into factions. There are four strophes, each setting forth Ephraim's crime and consequent punishment, and ending with the formula, "For all this His anger is not turned away," etc. (Isa 9:12, 17, 21, and Isa 10:4).

8. Heading of the prophecy; (Isa 9:8-12), the first strophe.

unto Jacob—against the ten tribes [Lowth].

lighted upon—fallen from heaven by divine revelation (Da 4:31).9:8-21 Those are ripening apace for ruin, whose hearts are unhumbled under humbling providences. For that which God designs, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected. The leaders of the people misled them. We have reason to be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill. Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. They shall be in trouble, and see no way out; and when men's ways displease the Lord, he makes even their friends to be at war with them. God would take away those they thought to have help from. Their rulers were the head. Their false prophets were the tail and the rush, the most despicable. In these civil contests, men preyed on near relations who were as their own flesh. The people turn not to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: for when God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutest sinner shall either bend or break.
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