Isaiah 40:21
New International Version
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

New Living Translation
Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God— the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant?

English Standard Version
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Berean Study Bible
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the foundation of the earth?

King James Bible
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

New King James Version
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

New American Standard Bible
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

NASB 1995
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

NASB 1977
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Amplified Bible
Do you [who worship idols] not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth [the omnipotence of God and the stupidity of bowing to idols]?

Christian Standard Bible
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not considered the foundations of the earth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not considered the foundations of the earth?

American Standard Version
Have ye not known? have yet not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Have you not heard and have you not known, and was it not told to you from the beginning, and have you not understood the foundations of The Earth?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Will ye not know? will ye not hear? has it not been told you of old? Have ye not known the foundations of the earth?

Contemporary English Version
Don't you know? Haven't you heard? Hasn't it been clear since the time of creation?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do you not know? hath it not been heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have you not understood the foundations of the earth ?

English Revised Version
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Good News Translation
Do you not know? Were you not told long ago? Have you not heard how the world began?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't you know? Haven't you heard? Haven't you been told from the beginning? Don't you understand the foundations of the earth?

International Standard Version
"You know, don't you? You have heard, haven't you? Hasn't it been told you from the beginning? Haven't you understood from the foundations of the earth?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Know ye not? hear ye not? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood the foundations of the earth?

Literal Standard Version
Do you not know—do you not hear? Has it not been declared from the first to you? Have you not understood [From] the foundations of the earth?

NET Bible
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told to you since the very beginning? Have you not understood from the time the earth's foundations were made?

New Heart English Bible
Haven't you known? Haven't you heard, yet? Haven't you been told from the beginning? Haven't you understood from the foundations of the earth?

World English Bible
Haven't you known? Haven't you heard, yet? Haven't you been told from the beginning? Haven't you understood from the foundations of the earth?

Young's Literal Translation
Do ye not know -- do ye not hear? Hath it not been declared from the first to you? Have ye not understood From the foundations of the earth?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Here is Your God!
20To one bereft of an offering who chooses wood that will not rot, who seeks a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple? 21Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the foundation of the earth? 22He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth; its dwellers are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.…

Cross References
Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

Romans 1:19
For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

Psalm 50:6
And the heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah

Isaiah 37:26
Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it; in days of old I planned it. Now I have brought it to pass, that you should crush fortified cities into piles of rubble.

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary; His understanding is beyond searching out.


Treasury of Scripture

Have you not known? have you not heard? has it not been told you from the beginning? have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Isaiah 27:11
When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

Isaiah 44:20
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Isaiah 46:8
Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.









(21) Have ye not known? . . .--Strictly speaking, the first two verbs are potential futures: Can ye not know . . . We note that the prophet appeals to the primary intuitions of mankind, or, at least, to a primitive revelation, rather than to the commandments of the Decalogue. (Comp. Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:4.)

Verse 21. - Have ye not known? Hitherto the prophet has restrained himself, and confined himself to quiet sarcasm. Now he bursts out. Is there any one so insensate, so devoid of natural reason and understanding, as not to know what has been known to all from the beginning - yea, from the foundations of the earth - by "the light that is in them," viz. that God is something wholly different from this? - that he is such a One as the prophet proceeds to describe in vers. 22-24, alike above nature and above man, Lord of heaven and earth, and absolute Disposer of the fates of all men? Hath it not been told you? If ye have not known the nature of God by the light of nature, has it not come down to you by tradition? Have not your fathers told it you? Has it not been handed on by sire to son from the very foundation of the earth? The appeal is to men generally, not especially to Israel. Have ye not understood, etc.? Some omit the preposition after "understood," and render the passage thus: "Have ye not understood the foundations of the earth?" i.e. how it was founded, or created - that its creation was God's sole act? (so the LXX., the Vulgate, Gesenius, Hitzig, Delitzsch, Knobel, Kay; but Ewald, Henderson, Weir, and Mr. Cheyne prefer the rendering of the Authorized Version).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do you not
הֲל֤וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

know?
תֵֽדְעוּ֙ (ṯê·ḏə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 3045: To know

Have you not
הֲל֣וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

heard?
תִשְׁמָ֔עוּ (ṯiš·mā·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

Has it not
הֲל֛וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

been declared to you
הֻגַּ֥ד (hug·gaḏ)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

from the beginning?
מֵרֹ֖אשׁ (mê·rōš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7218: The head

Have you not
הֲלוֹא֙ (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

understood
הֲבִ֣ינֹתֶ֔ם (hă·ḇî·nō·ṯem)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

since the foundation
מוֹסְד֖וֹת (mō·ws·ḏō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4146: A foundation

of the earth?
הָאָֽרֶץ׃ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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