Isaiah 41:27
New International Version
I was the first to tell Zion, 'Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good news.

New Living Translation
I was the first to tell Zion, ‘Look! Help is on the way!’ I will send Jerusalem a messenger with good news.

English Standard Version
I was the first to say to Zion, “Behold, here they are!” and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good news.

Berean Study Bible
I was the first to tell Zion: ‘Look, here they are!’ And I gave to Jerusalem a herald of good news.

King James Bible
The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.

New King James Version
The first time I said to Zion, ‘Look, there they are!’ And I will give to Jerusalem one who brings good tidings.

New American Standard Bible
“Previously I said to Zion, ‘Behold, here they are.’ And to Jerusalem, ‘I will give a messenger of good news.’

NASB 1995
"Formerly I said to Zion, 'Behold, here they are.' And to Jerusalem, 'I will give a messenger of good news.'

NASB 1977
“Formerly I said to Zion, ‘Behold, here they are.’ And to Jerusalem, ‘I will give a messenger of good news.’

Amplified Bible
“I was first to say to Zion, ‘Listen carefully, here they are [the Jews who will be restored to their own land].’ And to Jerusalem, ‘I will provide a messenger (Isaiah) to bring the good news [that Cyrus will be stirred up and put into action to save them].’

Christian Standard Bible
I was the first to say to Zion, ‘Look! Here they are! ’ And I gave Jerusalem a herald with good news.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was the first to say to Zion: Look! Here they are! And I gave a herald of good news to Jerusalem.

American Standard Version
I am the first that saith unto Zion, Behold, behold them; and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
These are the first fruits of Zion, and I shall give to Jerusalem an Evangelist

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will give dominion to Sion, and will comfort Jerusalem by the way.

Contemporary English Version
I was the first to tell the people of Jerusalem, "Look, it's happening!" I was the one who announced this good news to Zion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The first shall say to Sion: Behold they are here, and to Jerusalem I will give an evangelist.

English Revised Version
I first will say unto Zion, Behold, behold them; and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.

Good News Translation
I, the LORD, was the first to tell Zion the news; I sent a messenger to Jerusalem to say, 'Your people are coming! They are coming home!'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was the first to tell Zion, 'Look, here they are.' I gave Jerusalem a messenger with the good news.

International Standard Version
First, to Zion: "There is slumber." And to Jerusalem: "I'll send a messenger with good news."

JPS Tanakh 1917
A harbinger unto Zion will I give: 'Behold, behold them', And to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings.

Literal Standard Version
First to Zion, "" Behold, behold them, "" And to Jerusalem I give one proclaiming tidings,

NET Bible
I first decreed to Zion, 'Look, here's what will happen!' I sent a herald to Jerusalem.

New Heart English Bible
I am the first to say to Zion, 'Look, look at them;' and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.

World English Bible
I am the first to say to Zion, 'Behold, look at them;' and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.

Young's Literal Translation
First to Zion, Behold, behold them, And to Jerusalem one proclaiming tidings I give,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Meaningless Idols
26Who has declared this from the beginning, so that we may know, and from times past, so that we may say: ‘He was right’? No one announced it, no one foretold it, no one heard your words. 27I was the first to tell Zion: ‘Look, here they are!’ And I gave to Jerusalem a herald of good news. 28When I look, there is no one; there is no counselor among them; when I ask them, they have nothing to say.…

Cross References
Isaiah 40:9
Go up on a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news. Raise your voice loudly, O Jerusalem, herald of good news. Lift it up, do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"

Isaiah 44:28
who says of Cyrus, 'My shepherd will fulfill all that I desire,' who says of Jerusalem, 'She will be rebuilt,' and of the temple, 'Let its foundation be laid.'"

Isaiah 46:9
Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.

Isaiah 48:3
I foretold the former things long ago; they came out of My mouth and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

Nahum 1:15
Look to the mountains--the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows. For the wicked will never again march through you; they will be utterly cut off.


Treasury of Scripture

The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that brings good tidings.

first

Isaiah 41:4
Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Isaiah 43:10
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

I will give

Isaiah 40:9
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 44:28
That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!









(27) The first shall say to Zion.--The italics show the difficulty and abruptness of the originals. A preferable rendering is, (1) I was the first that said to Zion, &c. No oracle or soothsayer anticipated that message of deliverance (Ewald, Del.); or (2) a forerunner shall say . . . The words "Behold them" point to the returning exiles. The second clause fits in better with (2), and explains it. Jehovah sends a herald of good news (not Cyrus himself, but a messenger reporting his victories, or possibly Isaiah himself, as a more distant herald) to Jerusalem, to say that the exiles are returning.

Verse 27. - The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them; rather, the first has said. By "the first" must certainly be meant Jehovah - " the First, and with the last" of ver. 4. He has already announced to Zion her deliverance (see Isaiah 40:9-11; Isaiah 41:2, etc.). I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. Perhaps Isaiah himself (Grotius, Stier, Delitzsch). Perhaps some prophet of the Captivity, as Daniel, who "knew by books" when the Captivity was drawing to a close (Daniel 9:2), and may be supposed to have announced the good tidings to the other exiles.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I was the first to tell
רִאשׁ֥וֹן (ri·šō·wn)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7223: First, in place, time, rank

Zion:
לְצִיּ֖וֹן (lə·ṣî·yō·wn)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 6726: Zion -- a mountain in Jerusalem, also a name for Jerusalem

‘Look,
הִנֵּ֣ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

here they are!’
הִנָּ֑ם (hin·nām)
Interjection | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

And I gave
אֶתֵּֽן׃ (’et·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

to Jerusalem
וְלִירוּשָׁלִַ֖ם (wə·lî·rū·šā·lim)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel

a herald of good news.
מְבַשֵּׂ֥ר (mə·ḇaś·śêr)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1319: To be fresh, full, cheerful), to announce


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