Isaiah 27:3
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day;

King James Bible
I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

American Standard Version
I Jehovah am its keeper; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am the Lord that keep it, I will suddenly give it drink: lest any hurt come to it, I keep it night and day.

English Revised Version
I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Webster's Bible Translation
I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Isaiah 27:3 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The tephillâh now returns to the retrospective glance already cast in Isaiah 26:8, Isaiah 26:9 into that night of affliction, which preceded the redemption that had come. "Jehovah, in trouble they missed Thee, poured out light supplication when Thy chastisement came upon them. As a woman with child, who draws near to her delivery, writhes and cries out in her pangs, so were we in Thy sight, O Jehovah. We went with child, we writhed; it was as if we brought forth wind. We brought no deliverance to the land, and the inhabitants of the world did not come to the light." The substantive circumstantial clause in the parallel line, למו מוּסר, castigatione tua eos affilgente (ל as in Isaiah 26:9), corresponds to בּצּר; and לחשׁ צקוּן, a preterite עצוּק etire equals יצק, Job 28:2; Job 29:6, to be poured out and melt away) with Nun paragogic (which is only met with again in Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 8:16, the yekōshūn in Isaiah 29:21 being, according to the syntax, the future of kōsh), answers to pâkad, which is used here as in Isaiah 34:16; 1 Samuel 20:6; 1 Samuel 25:15, in the sense of lustrando desiderare. Lachash is a quiet, whispering prayer (like the whispering of forms of incantation in Isaiah 3:3); sorrow renders speechless in the long run; and a consciousness of sin crushes so completely, that a man does not dare to address God aloud (Isaiah 29:4). Pregnancy and pangs are symbols of a state of expectation strained to the utmost, the object of which appears all the closer the more the pains increase. Often, says the perfected church, as it looks back upon its past history, often did we regard the coming of salvation as certain; but again and again were our hopes deceived. The first כּמו is equivalent to כּ, "as a woman with child," etc. (see at Isaiah 8:22); the second is equivalent to כּאשׁר, "as it were, we brought forth wind." This is not an inverted expression, signifying we brought forth as it were wind; but כמו governs the whole sentence in the sense of "(it was) as if." The issue of all their painful toil was like the result of a false pregnancy (empneumatosis), a delivery of wind. This state of things also proceeded from Jehovah, as the expression "before Thee" implies. It was a consequence of the sins of Israel, and of a continued want of true susceptibility to the blessings of salvation. Side by side with their disappointed hope, Isaiah 26:18 places the ineffectual character of their won efforts. Israel's own doings - no, they could never make the land into ישׁוּעת (i.e., bring it into a state of complete salvation); and (so might the final clause be understood) they waited in vain for the judgment of Jehovah upon the sinful world that was at enmity against them, or they made ineffectual efforts to overcome it. This explanation is favoured by the fact, that throughout the whole of this cycle of prophecies yōshbē tēbēl does not mean the inhabitants of the holy land, but of the globe at large in the sense of "the world" (Isaiah 26:21; Isaiah 24:5-6). Again, the relation of יפּלוּ to the תּפּיל in Isaiah 26:19, land the figure previously employed of the pains of child-birth, speak most strongly in favour of the conclusion, that nâphal is here used for the falling of the fruit of the womb (cf., Wis. 7:3, Il. xix. 110, καταπεσεῖν and πεσεῖν). And yōshbē tēbēl (the inhabitants of the world) fits in with this sense (viz., that the expected increase of the population never came), from the fact that in this instance the reference is not to the inhabitants of the earth; but the words signify inhabitants generally, or, as we should say, young, new-born "mortals." The punishment of the land under the weight of the empire still continued, and a new generation did not come to the light of day to populate the desolate land (cf., Psychol. p. 414).

Isaiah 27:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I the

Isaiah 46:4,9 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry...

Isaiah 60:16 You shall also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shall suck the breast of kings...

Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life...

Genesis 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Ezekiel 34:11,24 For thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out...

Ezekiel 37:14,28 And shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land...

do keep

Deuteronomy 33:26-29 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven in your help, and in his excellency on the sky...

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Psalm 46:5,11 God is in the middle of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early...

Psalm 121:3-5 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber...

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me...

John 15:1,2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer...

water

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there shall come up briers and thorns...

Isaiah 35:6,7 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out...

Isaiah 41:13-19 For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you...

Isaiah 55:10,11 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud...

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones...

Cross References
John 10:28
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

1 Samuel 2:9
"He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

Psalm 121:3
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

Isaiah 31:5
Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it."

Isaiah 42:6
"I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,

Isaiah 49:8
Thus says the LORD: "In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages,

Isaiah 58:11
And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Jump to Previous
Anger Charge Continually Damage Fear Guard Harm Hurt Keeper Moment Night Times Visit Watch Watching Water
Jump to Next
Anger Charge Continually Damage Fear Guard Harm Hurt Keeper Moment Night Times Visit Watch Watching Water
Links
Isaiah 27:3 NIV
Isaiah 27:3 NLT
Isaiah 27:3 ESV
Isaiah 27:3 NASB
Isaiah 27:3 KJV

Isaiah 27:3 Bible Apps
Isaiah 27:3 Biblia Paralela
Isaiah 27:3 Chinese Bible
Isaiah 27:3 French Bible
Isaiah 27:3 German Bible

Bible Hub

ESV Text Edition: 2016. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Isaiah 27:2
Top of Page
Top of Page