Isaiah 48:18
New International Version
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

New Living Translation
Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.

English Standard Version
Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;

Berean Study Bible
If only you had paid attention to My commandments, your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like waves of the sea.

New American Standard Bible
"If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

King James Bible
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

Christian Standard Bible
If only you had paid attention to my commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Contemporary English Version
How I wish that you had obeyed my commands! Your success and good fortune would then have overflowed like a flooding river.

Good News Translation
"If only you had listened to my commands! Then blessings would have flowed for you like a stream that never goes dry. Victory would have come to you like the waves that roll on the shore.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only you had paid attention to My commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

International Standard Version
Now if only you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea.

NET Bible
If only you had obeyed my commandments, prosperity would have flowed to you like a river, deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea.

New Heart English Bible
But would that you had listened to my commandments. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only you had listened to my commands! Your peace would be like a river [that never runs dry]. Your righteousness would be like waves on the sea.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that thou wouldest hearken to My commandments! Then would thy peace be as a river, And thy righteousness as the waves of the sea;

New American Standard 1977
“If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that thou would look unto my commandments! Then thy peace would be as a river and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

King James 2000 Bible
O that you had hearkened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:

American King James Version
O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:

American Standard Version
Oh that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if thou hadst hearkened to my commandments, then would thy peace have been like a river, and thy righteousness as a wave of the sea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments: thy peace had been as a river, and thy justice as the waves of the sea,

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then would thy peace have been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea;

English Revised Version
Oh that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

Webster's Bible Translation
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

World English Bible
Oh that you had listened to my commandments! then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea:

Young's Literal Translation
O that thou hadst attended to My commands, Then as a river is thy peace, And thy righteousness as billows of the sea,
Study Bible
Deliverance Promised to Israel
17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who directs you in the way you should go. 18If only you had paid attention to My commandments, your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like waves of the sea. 19Your descendants would have been as countless as the sand, and your offspring as its grains; their name would never be cut off or eliminated from My presence.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:29
If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commandments always, so that it might be well with them and their children forever.

Deuteronomy 32:29
If only they were wise, they would understand it; they would comprehend their fate.

Psalm 81:13
If only My people would listen to Me, if Israel would follow My ways,

Psalm 119:165
Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing can make them stumble.

Isaiah 32:16
Then justice will inhabit the wilderness, and righteousness will dwell in the fertile field.

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 42:24
Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? They were unwilling to walk in His ways, and they would not obey His law.

Isaiah 45:8
Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth open up that salvation may sprout and righteousness spring up with it; I, the LORD, have created it.

Isaiah 54:13
Then all your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their prosperity.

Isaiah 61:10
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a groom wears a priestly headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the earth brings forth its growth, and as a garden enables seed to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

Isaiah 62:1
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep still, until her righteousness shines like a bright light, her salvation like a blazing torch.

Isaiah 66:12
For this is what the LORD says: I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flowing stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm, and bounced upon her knees.

Hosea 10:12
Sow for yourselves righteousness and reap the fruit of loving devotion; break up your unplowed ground. For it is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness upon you like rain.

Amos 5:24
But let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Treasury of Scripture

O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:

that thou

Deuteronomy 5:29
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Deuteronomy 32:29
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Psalm 81:13-16
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! …

then had

Isaiah 32:15-18
Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest…

Isaiah 66:12
For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

Psalm 36:8
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.







Lexicon
If only
ל֥וּא (lū)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3863: If, would that!

you had paid attention
הִקְשַׁ֖בְתָּ (hiq·šaḇ·tā)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

to My commandments,
לְמִצְוֺתָ֑י (lə·miṣ·wō·ṯāy)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment

your peace
שְׁלוֹמֶ֔ךָ (šə·lō·w·me·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

would have been
וַיְהִ֤י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like a river,
כַנָּהָר֙ (ḵan·nā·hār)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5104: A stream, prosperity

and your righteousness
וְצִדְקָתְךָ֖ (wə·ṣiḏ·qā·ṯə·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

like waves
כְּגַלֵּ֥י (kə·ḡal·lê)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1530: Something rolled, a heap of stone, dung, a spring of water

of the sea.
הַיָּֽם׃ (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin
(18) Then had thy peace been as a river.--Literally, "as the river," i.e., the Euphrates, which for the Babylonian exiles was a natural standard of comparison. "Righteousness," as elsewhere, includes the idea of the blessedness which is its recompense. United with "peace" it implies every element of prosperity.

Verse 18. - Oh that thou hadst hearkened! (comp. Psalm 81:13-16, "Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries," etc.) Some render, "Oh that thou wouldst hearken!" etc., on the analogy of Isaiah 64:1; but unnecessarily. Dr. Kay says that God "upbraideth not," referring to James 1:5. But he may expostulate. What is it but expostulation, when our Lord says, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate" (Matthew 23:27, 28)? To look back on the past, and see what we have missed, is a good lesson for the future. Then had thy peace been as a river; literally, as the river (i.e. the Euphrates), abounding, overflowing, continuous. Thy righteousness. Not "thy prosperity" (Cheyne), but "thy good deeds." If Israel had clung to God, then God's blessing would have been poured upon them, and have enabled them to bring forth abundant fruits of righteousness. As the waves of the sea; i.e. innumerable and unceasing. 48:16-22 The Holy Spirit qualifies for service; and those may speak boldly, whom God and his Spirit send. This is to be applied to Christ. He was sent, and he had the Spirit without measure. Whom God redeems, he teaches; he teaches to profit by affliction, and then makes them partakers of his holiness. Also, by his grace he leads them in the way of duty; and by his providence he leads in the way of deliverance. God did not afflict them willingly. If their sins had not turned them away, their peace should have been always flowing and abundant. Spiritual enjoyments are ever joined with holiness of life and regard to God's will. It will make the misery of the disobedient the more painful, to think how happy they might have been. And here is assurance given of salvation out of captivity. Those whom God designs to bring home to himself, he will take care of, that they want not for their journey. This is applicable to the grace laid up for us in Jesus Christ, from whom all good flows to us, as the water to Israel out of the rock, for that Rock was Christ. The spiritual blessings of redemption, and the rescue of the church from antichristian tyranny, are here pointed to. But whatever changes take place, the Lord warned impenitent sinners that no good would come to them; that inward anguish and outward trouble, which spring from guilt and from the Divine wrath, must be their portion for ever.
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