Isaiah 42:21
New International Version
It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.

New Living Translation
Because he is righteous, the LORD has exalted his glorious law.

English Standard Version
The LORD was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD was pleased for the sake of His righteousness, to magnify His law and make it glorious.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake To make the law great and glorious.

King James Bible
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Christian Standard Bible
Because of his righteousness, the LORD was pleased to magnify his instruction and make it glorious.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD always does right, and so he wanted his Law to be greatly praised.

Good News Translation
The LORD is a God who is eager to save, so he exalted his laws and teachings, and he wanted his people to honor them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD was pleased, because of His righteousness, to magnify His instruction and make it glorious.

International Standard Version
The LORD was pleased, for the sake of his vindication, that he should magnify his Law and make it glorious.

NET Bible
The LORD wanted to exhibit his justice by magnifying his law and displaying it.

New Heart English Bible
It pleased the LORD, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is pleased because he does what is right. He praises the greatness of his teachings and makes them glorious.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD was pleased, for His righteousness' sake, To make the teaching great and glorious.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD was pleased for His righteousness’ sake To make the law great and glorious.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD, jealous for his righteousness, will magnify the law and enlarge it.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

American King James Version
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

American Standard Version
It pleased Jehovah, for his righteousness'sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord God has taken counsel that he might be justified, and might magnify his praise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord was willing to sanctify him, and to magnify the law, and exalt it.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah had delight [in him] for his righteousness' sake: he hath magnified the law, and made it honourable.

English Revised Version
It pleased the LORD, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

World English Bible
It pleased Yahweh, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah hath delight for the sake of His righteousness, He magnifieth law, and maketh honourable.
Study Bible
Israel is Deaf and Blind
20Though seeing many things, you do not observe. Though your ears are open, you hear nothing.” 21The LORD was pleased for the sake of His righteousness, to magnify His law and make it glorious. 22But this is a people plundered and looted, all trapped in caves or imprisoned in dungeons. They have become plunder with no one to rescue them, and loot with no one to say, “Send them back!”…
Cross References
Psalm 138:2
I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your loving devotion and Your faithfulness; You have exalted Your name and Your word above all else.

Isaiah 42:4
He will not grow weak or discouraged until He has established justice on the earth. In His law the islands will put their hope."

Isaiah 51:4
Pay attention to Me, My people, and listen to Me, My nation; for a law will go out from Me, and My justice will become a light to the nations; I will bring it about quickly.

Treasury of Scripture

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

well

Isaiah 1:24-27
Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: …

Isaiah 46:12,13
Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: …

Psalm 71:16,19
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only…

he will

Psalm 40:8
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Matthew 3:15
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Matthew 5:17-20
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil…

it.

John 13:31,32
Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him…

John 17:4,5
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do…







Lexicon
The LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

was pleased
חָפֵ֖ץ (ḥā·p̄êṣ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

for the sake of
לְמַ֣עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 4616: Purpose -- intent

His righteousness,
צִדְק֑וֹ (ṣiḏ·qōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

to magnify
יַגְדִּ֥יל (yaḡ·dîl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1431: To grow up, become great

His law
תּוֹרָ֖ה (tō·w·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law

and make it glorious.
וְיַאְדִּֽיר׃ (wə·ya’·dîr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 142: To expand, be great, magnificent
(21) The Lord is well pleased . . .--The tenses require a change: The Lord was well pleased . . . He made His law great and glorious. This had been His purpose, and he had not failed in it. He had done all that it was possible to do. (Comp. Isaiah 5:4; Romans 9:4.)

Verse 21. - The Lord is well pleased; rather, the Lord was pleased, or it pleased the Lord. For his righteousness' sake; "because of his own perfect righteousness." He will magnify the Law; rather, to magnify the Law - to set it forth in its greatness and its glory before his people. It is not the original giving of the Law at Sinai only that is meant, but also its constant inculcation by a long series of prophets. Israel's experience (ver. 29) had included all this; but they had not profited by the instruction addressed to them. 42:18-25 Observe the call given to this people, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making known his own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God's anger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.
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