Isaiah 64:2
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English Standard Version
as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

King James Bible
As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

American Standard Version
as when fire kindleth the brushwood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil; to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

Douay-Rheims Bible
They would melt as at the burning of fire, the waters would burn with fire, that thy name might be made known to thy enemies: that the nations might tremble at thy presence.

English Revised Version
as when fire kindleth the brushwood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil: to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence.

Webster's Bible Translation
As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thy adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

Isaiah 64:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The way is prepared for the petitions for redemption which follow, outwardly by the change in Isaiah 63:14, from a mere description to a direct address, and inwardly by the thought, that Israel is at the present time in such a condition, as to cause it to look back with longing eyes to the time of the Mosaic redemption. "Look from heaven and see, from the habitation of Thy holiness and majesty! Where is Thy zeal and Thy display of might? The pressure of Thy bowels and Thy compassions are restrained towards me." On the relation between הבּיט, to look up, to open the eyes, and ראה, to fix the eye upon a thing. It is very rarely that we meet with the words in the reverse order, והביט ראה (vid., Habakkuk 1:5; Lamentations 1:11). In the second clause of Isaiah 63:15, instead of misshâmayim (from heaven), we have "from the dwelling-place (mizzebhul) of Thy holiness and majesty." The all-holy and all-glorious One, who once revealed Himself so gloriously in the history of Israel, has now withdrawn into His own heaven, where He is only revealed to the spirits. The object of the looking and seeing, as apparent from what follows, is the present helpless condition of the people in their sufferings, to which there does not seem likely to be any end. There are no traces now of the kin'âh (zeal) with which Jehovah used to strive on behalf of His people, and against their oppressors (Isaiah 26:11), or of the former displays of His gebhūrâh (וּגבוּרתך, as it is correctly written in Ven. 1521, is a defective plural). In Isaiah 63:15 we have not a continued question ("the sounding of Thy bowels and Thy mercies, which are restrained towards me?"), as Hitzig and Knobel suppose. The words 'ēlai hith'appâqū have not the appearance of an attributive clause, either according to the new strong thought expressed, or according to the order of the words (with אלי written first). On strepitus viscerum, as the effect and sign of deep sympathy, see at Isaiah 16:11. רחמים and מעים, or rather מעים (from מעה, of the form רעה) both signify primarily σπλἀγχνα, strictly speaking the soft inward parts of the body; the latter from the root מע, to be pulpy or soft, the former from the root חר, to be slack, loose, or soft. המון, as the plural of the predicate shows, does not govern רחמיך also. It is presupposed that the love of Jehovah urges Him towards His people, to relieve their misery; but His compassion and sympathy apparently put constraint upon themselves (hith'appēq as in Isaiah 42:14, lit., se superare, from 'âphaq, root פק), to abstain from working on behalf of Israel.

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melting fire. Heb. fire of meltings. to make

Isaiah 37:20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you are the LORD, even you only.

Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored on Pharaoh, and on all his host...

1 Samuel 17:46,47 This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will smite you, and take your head from you...

1 Kings 8:41-43 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of your people Israel, but comes out of a far country for your name's sake...

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 67:1,2 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah...

Psalm 79:10 Why should the heathen say, Where is their God?...

Psalm 83:13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

Psalm 98:1,2 O sing to the LORD a new song; for he has done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, has gotten him the victory...

Psalm 102:15,16 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory...

Psalm 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

Ezekiel 38:22,23 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain on him, and on his bands...

Ezekiel 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands...

Daniel 4:1-3,32-37 Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied to you...

Daniel 6:25-27 Then king Darius wrote to all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied to you...

Joel 3:16,17 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake...

that the nations

Exodus 15:14-16 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina...

Deuteronomy 2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you on the nations that are under the whole heaven...

Psalm 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Psalm 48:4-6 For, see, the kings were assembled, they passed by together...

Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; let the earth be moved.

Jeremiah 5:22 Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence...

Jeremiah 33:9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth...

Micah 7:15-17 According to the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt will I show to him marvelous things...

Revelation 11:11-13 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet...

Cross References
Psalm 99:1
The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

Jeremiah 5:22
Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.

Jeremiah 33:9
And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

Amos 4:12
"Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"

Micah 1:4
And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Zechariah 14:4
On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.

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