Isaiah 26:9
New International Version
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

New Living Translation
In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.

English Standard Version
My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Berean Study Bible
My soul longs for You in the night; indeed, my spirit seeks You at dawn. For when Your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

King James Bible
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

New King James Version
With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments, The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

NASB 1995
At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

NASB 1977
At night my soul longs for Thee, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks Thee diligently; For when the earth experiences Thy judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Amplified Bible
In the night my soul longs for You [O LORD], Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For [only] when Your judgments are experienced on the earth Will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Christian Standard Bible
I long for you in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks you, for when your judgments are in the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I long for You in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are in the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

American Standard Version
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee earnestly: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul has lusted for you in the night, also my spirit within me rises early to your presence, because, according to your judgments, the inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness on the Earth

Brenton Septuagint Translation
which our soul longs for: my spirit seeks thee very early in the morning, O God, for thy commandments are a light on the earth: learn righteousness, ye that dwell upon the earth.

Contemporary English Version
Throughout the night, my heart searches for you, because your decisions show everyone on this earth how to live right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My soul hath desired thee in the night: yea, and with my spirit within me in the morning early I will watch to thee. When thou shalt do thy judgments on the earth, the inhabitants of the world shall learn justice.

English Revised Version
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Good News Translation
At night I long for you with all my heart; when you judge the earth and its people, they will all learn what justice is.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With my soul I long for you at night. Yes, with my spirit I eagerly look for you. When your guiding principles are on earth, those who live in the world learn to do what is right.

International Standard Version
My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me searches for you. For when your judgments come upon the earth, the world's inhabitants learn righteousness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; Yea, with my spirit within me have I sought Thee earnestly; For when Thy judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Literal Standard Version
I desired You in the night [with] my soul, Also, I seek You earnestly [with] my spirit within me, For when Your judgments [are] on the earth, The inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness.

NET Bible
I look for you during the night, my spirit within me seeks you at dawn, for when your judgments come upon the earth, those who live in the world learn about justice.

New Heart English Bible
With my soul have I desired you in the night. Yes, my spirit within me will seek you early, for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

World English Bible
With my soul have I desired you in the night. Yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you earnestly; for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
With my soul I desired Thee in the night, Also, with my spirit within me I seek Thee earnestly, For when Thy judgments are on the earth, The inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Song of Trust in God's Provision
8Yes, we wait for You, O LORD; we walk in the path of Your judgments. Your name and renown are the desire of our souls. 9My soul longs for You in the night; indeed, my spirit seeks You at dawn. For when Your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. 10Though grace is shown to the wicked man, he does not learn righteousness. In the land of righteousness he acts unjustly and fails to see the majesty of the LORD.…

Cross References
Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

Luke 6:12
In those days Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

Psalm 63:1
O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water.

Psalm 63:5
My soul is satisfied as with the richest of foods; with joyful lips my mouth will praise You.

Psalm 63:6
When I remember You on my bed, I think of You through the watches of the night.

Psalm 77:2
In the day of trouble I sought the Lord; through the night my outstretched hands did not grow weary; my soul refused to be comforted.

Psalm 78:34
When He slew them, they would seek Him; they repented and searched for God.


Treasury of Scripture

With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

have I

Psalm 63:6,7
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches…

Psalm 77:2,3
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted…

Psalm 119:62
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

my spirit

Psalm 63:1
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Proverbs 8:17
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

for

Isaiah 27:9
By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

Numbers 14:21-23
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD…

Psalm 68:11
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.









(9) With my soul have I desired thee in the night . . .--Soul and spirit are joined together to express the fulness of personality. The "night" is the time of sorrow and expectation, in which the saints of God shall "watch for the morning" of the great day of judgment and deliverance. They welcomed the judgments" as the discipline, by which those who had failed to learn before would at last, it might be, learn and acknowledge the righteousness of God.

Verse 9. - In the night; i.e. "the long night of their affliction." The sentiment is identical with that of the preceding verse. Will I seek thee early; rather, did I seek thee. For when thy judgments, etc. It was not a mere selfish desire for the cessation of persecution that caused the righteous to long for the time when God's judgments would be manifested upon the earth, but a conviction that so only would an impression be made on the persecutors, and a certain number of them be induced to learn righteousness. A desire for the conversion of sinners to God characterizes God's saints generally, and none more than Isaiah, who is here expressing what he conceives will be the thoughts of the redeemed, and naturally judges their thoughts and feelings by his Own.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
My soul
נַפְשִׁ֤י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

longs [for You]
אִוִּיתִ֙יךָ֙ (’iw·wî·ṯî·ḵā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 183: To incline, desire

in the night;
בַּלַּ֔יְלָה (bal·lay·lāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity

indeed,
אַף־ (’ap̄-)
Conjunction
Strong's 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

my spirit
רוּחִ֥י (rū·ḥî)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

within me
בְקִרְבִּ֖י (ḇə·qir·bî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7130: The nearest part, the center

diligently seeks You.
אֲשַֽׁחֲרֶ֑ךָּ (’ă·ša·ḥă·re·kā)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7836: To dawn, be, early at any task, to search for

For
כִּ֞י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

when
כַּאֲשֶׁ֤ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

Your judgments
מִשְׁפָּטֶ֙יךָ֙ (miš·pā·ṭe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

[come] upon the earth,
לָאָ֔רֶץ (lā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

the inhabitants
יֹשְׁבֵ֥י (yō·šə·ḇê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

of the world
תֵבֵֽל׃ (ṯê·ḇêl)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8398: The earth, the globe, its inhabitants, a particular land

will learn
לָמְד֖וּ (lā·mə·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3925: To exercise in, learn

righteousness.
צֶ֥דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6664: The right, equity, prosperity


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