English Standard Version
To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
King James Bible
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
American Standard Version
To whom then will ye liken me, that I should be equal to him ? saith the Holy One.
And to whom have ye likened me, or made me equal, saith the Holy One?
English Revised Version
To whom then will ye liken me, that I should be equal to him? saith the Holy One.
Webster's Bible Translation
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equaled? saith the Holy One.
Isaiah 40:25 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Least of all can an idol bear comparison with Him. "The idol, when the smith has cast it, the melter plates it with gold, and melteth silver chains for it." The object (happesel, the idol), which is here placed first as the theme in the accusative (lit. the image hewn out), denotes in this instance an idol generally. חרשׁ is as comprehensive as faber. בּזּהב רקּע signifies here to cover over with a זהב רקּע (laminâ auri), the verb being used in a denominative sense, and not in its primary meaning. As we must assume, according to Isaiah 40:20, that the prophet intends to carry us into the midst of the process of manufacturing the idol, the paratactic expression is to be pointed as above, viz., "after the (a) smith has cast it (compare Arab. nasik, a piece of cast metal), the (a) melter (goldsmith) covers it with gold plate;" and tsōrēph, which is palindromically repeated, according to Isaiah's custom, is not the third pers. poel (on the poel of strong stems, see at Job 9:15 and Psalm 109:10), but a participle, equivalent to הוּא צורף (as in Isaiah 29:8, which see; and also, according to the accents, Isaiah 33:5), "and he melteth chains of silver," viz., to fasten the image.
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