Isaiah 49:1
New International Version
Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

New Living Translation
Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The LORD called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name.

English Standard Version
Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.

Berean Study Bible
Listen to Me, O islands; pay attention, O distant peoples: The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me.

King James Bible
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

New King James Version
“Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.

New American Standard Bible
Listen to Me, you islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

NASB 1995
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

NASB 1977
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

Amplified Bible
Listen to Me, O islands and coastlands, And pay attention, you peoples from far away. The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He has named Me.

Christian Standard Bible
Coasts and islands, listen to me; distant peoples, pay attention. The LORD called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Coastlands, listen to me; distant peoples, pay attention. The LORD called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.

American Standard Version
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples, from far: Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be silent, islands, and pay attention, peoples from a distance. LORD JEHOVAH called me, and from the womb and from the belly of my mother he remembered my name .

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hearken to me, ye islands; and attend, ye Gentiles; after a long time it shall come to pass, saith the Lord: from my mother's womb he has called my name:

Contemporary English Version
Everyone, listen, even you foreign nations across the sea. The LORD chose me and gave me a name before I was born.

Douay-Rheims Bible
GIVE ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name.

English Revised Version
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples, from far: the LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name:

Good News Translation
Listen to me, distant nations, you people who live far away! Before I was born, the LORD chose me and appointed me to be his servant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen to me, you islands. Pay attention, you people far away. Before I was born, the LORD chose me. While I was in my mother's womb, he recorded my name.

International Standard Version
"Listen to me, you coastlands! Pay attention, you people from far away! The LORD called me from the womb; while I was still in my mother's body, he pronounced my name.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Listen, O isles, unto me, And hearken, ye peoples, from far: The LORD hath called me from the womb, From the bowels of my mother hath He made mention of my name;

Literal Standard Version
Listen, O islands, to Me, And attend, O peoples, from afar, YHWH has called Me from the womb, From the bowels of My mother He has made mention of My Name.

NET Bible
Listen to me, you coastlands! Pay attention, you people who live far away! The LORD summoned me from birth; he commissioned me when my mother brought me into the world.

New Heart English Bible
Listen, islands, to me; and listen, you peoples, from far: the LORD has called me from the womb; from the body of my mother has he made mention of my name:

World English Bible
Listen, islands, to me; and listen, you peoples, from far: Yahweh has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name:

Young's Literal Translation
Hearken, O isles, unto me, And attend, O peoples, from afar, Jehovah from the womb hath called me, From the bowels of my mother He hath made mention of my name.

Additional Translations ...
Context
You are My Servant
1Listen to Me, O islands; pay attention, O distant peoples: The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me. 2He made My mouth like a sharp sword; He hid Me in the shadow of His hand. He made Me like a polished arrow; He hid Me in His quiver.…

Cross References
Galatians 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by His grace, was pleased

Psalm 22:10
From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother's womb You have been my God.

Isaiah 11:11
On that day the Lord will extend His hand a second time to recover the remnant of His people from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 24:15
Therefore glorify the LORD in the east. Extol the name of the LORD, the God of Israel in the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 33:13
You who are far off, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge My might."

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

Isaiah 44:2
This is the word of the LORD, your Maker, who formed you from the womb and who will help you: "Do not be afraid, O Jacob My servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.


Treasury of Scripture

Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from far; The LORD has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name.

listen

Isaiah 41:1
Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

Isaiah 42:1-4,12
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles…

Isaiah 45:22
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

and hearken

Isaiah 55:3
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Isaiah 57:19
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

Ephesians 2:17
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

the Lord

Isaiah 49:5
And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

Psalm 71:5,6
For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth…

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.









XLIX.

(1) Listen, O isles . . .--The argument against idolatry has been brought to its close, and a new section opens, and with it there is a new speaker, the mysterious "Servant of the Lord," (Isaiah 42:1), at once identified with Israel (Isaiah 49:3), in fulfilling its ideal, and yet distinguished from it, as its Restorer and Redeemer. "Isles" as before stand vaguely for "far off countries." The invitation is addressed to the heathen far and wide.

The Lord hath called me from the womb.--The words indicate a predestined vocation. (Comp. Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:15; Luke 1:41; Galatians 1:15.) Admitting the thought of a Divine order working in human history, the idea of such a vocation follows in inevitable sequence. . . .

Verses 1-12. - JEHOVAH'S ATTESTATION OF HIS SERVANT'S MISSION. Jehovah called his Servant from the womb; mentioned him by name; made his mouth a sharp sword; held him in his hand; caused him to be a polished weapon; appointed him his Servant; assured him of a right and a recompense; appointed him, not only to restore and recover Israel, but to be a Light to the Gentiles, and to give salvation to the ends of the world (vers. 1-6); chose him (ver. 7); will help him (ver. 8); through him will both deliver the captive everywhere (ver. 9), and cause joy to break out in every part of heaven and earth (vers. 11-13). It is quite impossible that these things can be said of aught but a person, or of any person other than him in whom all the nations of the earth were to be blessed (Genesis 22:18). Verse 1. - Listen, O isles (comp. Isaiah 41:1; Isaiah 42:1, 4, 6). Since the beginning of ch. 43. Israel alone has been addressed. Now that the mission of the Servant of Jehovah is to be treated of, all the world must be summoned to hear, for all the world is directly interested. Ye people; rather, ye peoples, or ye nations. The Lord hath called me from the womb. Isaiah could not have said this of himself, for his "call" took place when he was of mature age. But Christ was designated for his office from the womb (Luke 1:31-33). He was also still "in the womb of his mother" when the name of Jesus was given to him (Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Listen
שִׁמְע֤וּ (šim·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

to me,
אֵלַ֔י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

O islands,
אִיִּים֙ (’î·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 339: A habitable spot, dry land, a coast, an island

and pay attention,
וְהַקְשִׁ֥יבוּ (wə·haq·šî·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

O distant
מֵרָח֑וֹק (mê·rā·ḥō·wq)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious

peoples:
לְאֻמִּ֖ים (lə·’um·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3816: A community

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

called me
קְרָאָ֔נִי (qə·rā·’ā·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

from the womb;
מִבֶּ֣טֶן (mib·be·ṭen)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything

from the body
מִמְּעֵ֥י (mim·mə·‘ê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4578: The intestines, the abdomen, sympathy, a vest, the stomach, the uterus, the heart

of my mother
אִמִּ֖י (’im·mî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 517: A mother, )

He named me.
הִזְכִּ֥יר (hiz·kîr)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male


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