Isaiah 33:17
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New International Version
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.

New Living Translation
Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor, and you will see a land that stretches into the distance.

English Standard Version
Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.

Berean Study Bible
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and behold a land that stretches afar.

New American Standard Bible
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far-distant land.

King James Bible
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

Christian Standard Bible
Your eyes will see the King in his beauty; you will see a vast land.

Contemporary English Version
With your own eyes you will see the glorious King; you will see his kingdom reaching far and wide.

Good News Translation
Once again you will see a king ruling in splendor over a land that stretches in all directions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; you will see a vast land.

International Standard Version
"Your eyes will see the king in his elegance, and will view a land that stretches afar.

NET Bible
You will see a king in his splendor; you will see a wide land.

New Heart English Bible
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty. They will see a distant land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your eyes will see how handsome the king is. You will see a land that stretches into the distance.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty; They shall behold a land stretching afar.

New American Standard 1977
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far-distant land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

King James 2000 Bible
Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

American King James Version
Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

American Standard Version
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold a land that reacheth afar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His eyes shall see the king in his beauty, they shall see the land far off.

Darby Bible Translation
Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty; they shall behold the land that is far off.

English Revised Version
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold a far stretching land.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

World English Bible
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty. They will see a distant land.

Young's Literal Translation
A king in his beauty, see do thine eyes, They see a land afar off.
Study Bible
The LORD is Exalted
16he will dwell on the heights; his refuge will be the mountain fortress; his food will be provided and his water assured. 17Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and behold a land that stretches afar. 18Your mind will ponder the former terror: “Where is he who tallies? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?”…
Cross References
Isaiah 6:5
Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips dwelling among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts."

Isaiah 24:23
The moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of Hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and in the presence of His elders, He will display His glory.

Isaiah 26:15
You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; You have increased the nation. You are glorified. You have extended the borders of the land.

Isaiah 33:21
But there the Majestic One, our LORD, will be for us a place of rivers and wide canals, where no galley with oars will go, and majestic vessels will not pass.

Isaiah 33:22
For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. He will save us.

Zechariah 9:17
How lovely they will be, and how beautiful! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine, the young women.

Treasury of Scripture

Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

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Isaiah 32:1,2 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule …

Isaiah 37:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his …

2 Chronicles 32:23 And many brought gifts to the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to …

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your …

Songs 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the most chief among ten thousand.

Zechariah 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn …

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, …

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

John 14:21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

that is very far off. Heb. of far distances

Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set …

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things …

Hebrews 11:13-15 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …







(17) Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty . . .--Torn from their context, the words have been not unfitly used to describe the beatific vision of the saints of God in the far-off land of heaven. So the Targum gives "Thine eyes shall see the Shekinah of the King of Ages." Their primary meaning is, however, obviously historical. The "king" is Hezekiah, who shall be seen no longer in sackcloth and ashes, and with downcast eyes (Isaiah 37:1), but in all the "beauty" of triumph and of majesty, of a youth and health renewed like the eagle; and the "land that is very far off" is the whole land of Israel, all prosperous and peaceful, as contrasted with the narrow range of view which the people had had during the siege, pent up within the walls of Jerusalem. (Comp. Genesis 13:14-15.) Comp. as to form, Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 30:20.

Verse 17. - Thine eyes. Another transition. Here from the third person to the second, the prophet now addressing those righteous ones of whom he has been speaking in the two preceding verses. Shall see the King in his beauty. The Messianic King, whoever he might be, and whenever he might make his appearance. It has been said that beauty is not predicated of the heavenly King (Cheyne); but Zechariah 9:17; Psalm 45:2; and Canticles, passim, contradict this assertion. "How great is his beauty;" "Thou art fairer than the children of men;" "His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely." The land that is very far off; literally, the land of far distances. Bishop Lowth renders, "Thine own land far extended," and so Delitzsch and Mr. Cheyne. But if "the King" is Messianic, so doubtless is "the land" - the world-wide tract over which Messiah will reign (Revelation 21:1). Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty,.... Not merely Hezekiah in his royal robes, and with a cheerful countenance, having put off his sackcloth and his sadness, upon the breaking up of the siege; but a greater than he, even the King Messiah, in the glory of his person and office, especially as a King reigning gloriously before his ancients in Jerusalem: the apostles saw him in his glory, in the days of his flesh, corporeally and spiritually; believers now see him by faith, crowded with glory and honour, as well as see his beauty, fulness, and suitableness, as a Saviour; and, before long, their eyes shall see him personally in his own and his Father's glory. This is to be understood of the eyes of good men, before described. The Targum is,

"thine eyes shall see the glory of the Majesty of the King of worlds in his praise;''

and Jarchi interprets it of the glory of the Majesty of God; so, according to both, a divine Person is meant, and indeed no other than Christ:

they shall behold the land that is very far off; not the land of hell, as the Targum, which paraphrases it thus;

"thou shalt behold and see those that go down into the land of hell;''

but rather the heavenly country, the better one, the land of uprightness, typified by the land of Canaan; and may be said to be "a land afar off", with respect to the earth on which the saints now are, and with regard to the present sight of it, which is a distant one, and will be always afar off to wicked men; this now the saints have at times a view of by faith, which is very delightful, and greatly supports them under their present trials: though it may be that an enlargement of Christ's kingdom all over the world, to the distant parts of it, may be here meant; which may be called, as the words may be rendered, "a land of distances", or "of far distances" (d); that reaches far and near, from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth; which will be the case when the kingdoms of this world shall become Christ's, and the kingdom, and the greatness of it under the whole heaven, shall be given to the saints of the most High; a glorious sight this will be. And this sense agrees with the context, and declares what will be after the destruction of antichrist.

(d) "terram distantiarum", Vatablus, Montanus, Gataker. 17. Thine—the saints'.

king in … beauty—not as now, Hezekiah in sackcloth, oppressed by the enemy, but King Messiah (Isa 32:1) "in His beauty" (So 5:10, 16; Re 4:3).

land … very far off—rather, "the land in its remotest extent" (no longer pent up as Hezekiah was with the siege); see Margin. For Jerusalem is made the scene of the king's glory (Isa 33:20, etc.), and it could not be said to be "very far off," unless the far-off land be heaven, the Jerusalem above, which is to follow the earthly reign of Messiah at literal Jerusalem (Isa 65:17-19; Jer 3:17; Re 21:1, 2, 10).33:15-24 The true believer watches against all occasions of sin. The Divine power will keep him safe, and his faith in that power will keep him easy. He shall want nothing needful for him. Every blessing of salvation is freely bestowed on all that ask with humble, believing prayer; and the believer is safe in time and for ever. Those that walk uprightly shall not only have bread given, and their water sure, but they shall, by faith, see the King of kings in his beauty, the beauty of holiness. The remembrance of the terror they were in, shall add to the pleasure of their deliverance. It is desirable to be quiet in our own houses, but much more so to be quiet in God's house; and in every age Christ will have a seed to serve him. Jerusalem had no large river running by it, but the presence and power of God make up all wants. We have all in God, all we need, or can desire. By faith we take Christ for our Prince and Saviour; he reigns over his redeemed people. All that refuse to have Him to reign over them, make shipwreck of their souls. Sickness is taken away in mercy, when the fruit of it is the taking away of sin. If iniquity be taken away, we have little reason to complain of outward affliction. This last verse leads our thoughts, not only to the most glorious state of the gospel church on earth, but to heaven, where no sickness or trouble can enter. He that blotteth out our transgressions, will heal our souls.
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