Isaiah 42:9
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New International Version
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you."

New Living Translation
Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens."

English Standard Version
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Berean Study Bible
Behold, the former things have happened, and now I declare new things. Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you."

King James Bible
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Christian Standard Bible
The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur."

Contemporary English Version
Everything has happened just as I said it would; now I will announce what will happen next.

Good News Translation
The things I predicted have now come true. Now I will tell you of new things even before they begin to happen."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur."

International Standard Version
See, the former things have taken place, and I'm announcing the new things— before they spring into being I'm telling you about them."

NET Bible
Look, my earlier predictive oracles have come to pass; now I announce new events. Before they begin to occur, I reveal them to you."

New Heart English Bible
Look, the former things have happened, and I declare new things. I tell you about them before they come up."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What I said in the past has come true. I will reveal new things before they happen.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, the former things are come to pass, And new things do I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and I declare new things: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

American King James Version
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

American Standard Version
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The things that were first, behold they are come: and new things do I declare: before they spring forth, I will make you head them.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth will I cause you to hear them.

English Revised Version
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

World English Bible
Behold, the former things have happened, and I declare new things. I tell you about them before they come up."

Young's Literal Translation
The former things, lo, have come, And new things I am declaring, Before they spring up I cause you to hear.
Study Bible
Here is My Servant
8I am the LORD; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols. 9Behold, the former things have happened, and now I declare new things. Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”
Cross References
Isaiah 41:23
Tell us the things that are to come, so that we may know that you are gods. Yes, do something good or evil, that we may look on together in dismay.

Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Isaiah 44:8
Do not tremble or fear. Have I not told you and declared it long ago? You are My witnesses! Is there any God but Me? There is no other Rock; I know not one."

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; I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Isaiah 48:6
You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not acknowledge it? From now on I will tell you of new things, hidden things unknown to you.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

the former

Genesis 15:12-15 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and, …

Joshua 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken …

Joshua 23:14,15 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and you …

1 Kings 8:15-20 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spoke with …

1 Kings 11:36 And to his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have …

new things

Isaiah 41:22,23 Let them bring them forth, and show us what shall happen: let them …

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you …

Isaiah 44:7,8 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order …

Isaiah 46:9,10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none …

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, you …

Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

1 Peter 1:10-12 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, …

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …







Verses 9-17. - ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE COMING DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL FROM BABYLON, AND CALL ON THE NATIONS FOR A SONG OF PRAISE AND JUBILATION. Jehovah is still the speaker. He begins by promising a new revelation (ver. 9). Then, before the revelation is made, he calls upon the nations - especially those in the vicinity of Palestine - to rejoice at what is about to happen (vers. 10-12). After this he proceeds to make the announcement promised in ver. 9 - an announcement that he is about to deliver his people (ver. 16) and to execute vengeance on their enemies (vers. 13-15 and 17). Verse 9. - Behold, the former things are come to pass; i.e. former prophecies have been fulfilled. Israel has been led lute captivity, and in her captivity has suffered grievous things. The reference is, perhaps, especially to such prophecies as Isaiah 39:5-7. And new things do I declare (comp. Isaiah 43:19). The voluntary restoration of a captive people to their own land by the power to which they were subject, and which could compel their services, was emphatically a "new thing" in the world's history. How unwilling the sovereign power was ordinarily to lose such services may be seen by the narrative in Exodus (Exodus 5-14.), and again by the account which Herodotus gives (1:73, 74) of the ground of quarrel between Alyattes and Cyaxares. Before they spring forth; or, shoot forth. The metaphor is one taken from the vegetable world (comp. Isaiah 43:19; Isaiah 45:8). Behold, the former things are come to pass,.... Which the Lord had foretold in former times, as to Abraham, concerning the affliction of his posterity in Egypt, the bringing them out from thence, and settling them in the land of Canaan; and other things by Moses and Joshua, and other prophets; and by Isaiah; and particularly the captivity of the ten tribes, which was now come to pass in the times of Hezekiah:

and new things do I declare; as the captivity of Judah and Benjamin, and their restoration by Cyrus; and more especially the mission and incarnation of Christ, his sufferings and death, and redemption and salvation by him; which were not only things to come, but new things, famous and excellent ones:

before they spring up I tell you of them or "before they bud forth" (r); while the seeds of them were under ground, sown in the purposes and decrees of God, he spoke of them in prophecy; and now former prophecies being fulfilled, and new ones delivered out, concerning things of which there was no appearance, and yet there was the greatest reason to believe their accomplishment, from the fulfilment of the former; this must be a strong proof and confirmation of the Lord being the true God, and the only one.

(r) "antequam pullulent", Montanus, Cocceius; "germinent", Vatablus; "antequam propullulent vel efflorescant", Vitringa. 9. former things—Former predictions of God, which were now fulfilled, are here adduced as proof that they ought to trust in Him alone as God; namely, the predictions as to Israel's restoration from Babylon.

new—namely, predictions as to Messiah, who is to bring all nations to the worship of Jehovah (Isa 42:1, 4, 6).

spring forth—The same image from plants just beginning to germinate occurs in Isa 43:19; 58:8. Before there is the slightest indication to enable a sagacious observer to infer the coming event, God foretells it.42:5-12 The work of redemption brings back man to the obedience he owes to God as his Maker. Christ is the light of the world. And by his grace he opens the understandings Satan has blinded, and sets at liberty from the bondage of sin. The Lord has supported his church. And now he makes new promises, which shall as certainly be fulfilled as the old ones were. When the Gentiles are brought into the church, he is glorified in them and by them. Let us give to God those things which are his, taking heed that we do not serve the creature more than the Creator.
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