Isaiah 51:12
New International Version
"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass,

New Living Translation
"I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?

English Standard Version
“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass,

Berean Study Bible
I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal man, or a son of man who withers like grass?

New American Standard Bible
"I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies And of the son of man who is made like grass,

King James Bible
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

Christian Standard Bible
I--I am the one who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear humans who die, or a son of man who is given up like grass?

Contemporary English Version
I am the LORD, the one who encourages you. Why are you afraid of mere humans? They dry up and die like grass.

Good News Translation
The LORD says, "I am the one who strengthens you. Why should you fear mortals, who are no more enduring than grass?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I--I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man who dies, or a son of man who is given up like grass?

International Standard Version
"I—yes, I—am the one who comforts you. Who are you, that you are so afraid of humans who will die, descendants of mere men, who have been made like grass?

NET Bible
"I, I am the one who consoles you. Why are you afraid of mortal men, of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass?

New Heart English Bible
"I, even I, am he who comforts you: who are you, that you are afraid of man who shall die, and of the son of man who shall be made as grass;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I alone am the one who comforts you. Why, then, are you afraid of mortals, who must die, of humans, who are like grass?

JPS Tanakh 1917
I, even I, am He that comforteth you: Who art thou, that thou art afraid of man that shall die, And of the son of man that shall be made as grass;

New American Standard 1977
“I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, And of the son of man who is made like grass;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I, even I, am he that comforts you. Who art thou that thou should be afraid of man that is mortal and of the son of man which shall be counted as stubble?

King James 2000 Bible
I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man who shall be made as grass;

American King James Version
I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

American Standard Version
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou art afraid of man that shall die, and of the son of man that shall be made as grass;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I, even I, am he that comforts thee: consider who thou art, that thou wast afraid of mortal man, and of the son of man, who are withered as grass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I, I myself will comfort you: who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of a mortal man, and of the son of man, who shall wither away like grass?

Darby Bible Translation
I, [even] I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou fearest a man that shall die, and the son of man that shall become as grass;

English Revised Version
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou art afraid of man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

Webster's Bible Translation
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man who shall be made as grass;

World English Bible
"I, even I, am he who comforts you: who are you, that you are afraid of man who shall die, and of the son of man who shall be made as grass;

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I am He -- your comforter, Who art thou -- and thou art afraid of man? he dieth! And of the son of man -- grass he is made!
Study Bible
Salvation for Zion
11So the redeemed of the LORD will return and enter Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee. 12I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal man, or a son of man who withers like grass? 13But you have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You live in terror all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction. But where is the fury of the oppressor?…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 1:4
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

1 Peter 1:24
For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,

1 Samuel 15:24
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned; I have transgressed the LORD's commandment and your instructions, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

2 Kings 1:15
Then the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him. Do not be afraid of him." So Elijah arose and went down with him to the king.

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Isaiah 2:22
Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

Isaiah 40:1
"Comfort, comfort My people," says your God.

Isaiah 40:6
A voice says, "Cry out!" And I asked, "What should I cry out?" "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers, the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.

Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; break into joyful song, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and He will have compassion on His afflicted ones.

Isaiah 51:3
For the LORD will comfort Zion and look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and melodious song.

Isaiah 57:11
Whom have you dreaded and feared, so that you lied and failed to remember Me or take this to heart? Have I not held My peace such a long time, and still you do not fear Me?

Jeremiah 38:19
But King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am afraid of the Jews who have deserted to the Chaldeans, for the Chaldeans may hand me over to them to abuse me."

Jeremiah 41:18
to escape the Chaldeans. For they were afraid of the Chaldeans because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.

Ezekiel 2:6
But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns surround you, and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their presence, though they are a rebellious house.

Daniel 3:18
But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden statue you have set up."

Treasury of Scripture

I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

I, am he

Isaiah 51:3
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Isaiah 43:25
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 57:15-18
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones…

that thou

Isaiah 51:7,8
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings…

Isaiah 2:22
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

man which

Isaiah 40:6
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

Psalm 90:5,6
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up…

Psalm 92:7
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:







Lexicon
I,
אָנֹכִ֧י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

even I,
אָנֹכִ֛י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

am He
ה֖וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

who comforts you.
מְנַחֶמְכֶ֑ם (mə·na·ḥem·ḵem)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5162: To sigh, breathe strongly, to be sorry, to pity, console, rue, to avenge

Who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

are you
אַ֤תְּ (’at)
Pronoun - second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

that you fear
וַתִּֽירְאִי֙ (wat·tî·rə·’î)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

mortal
יָמ֔וּת (yā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

man,
מֵאֱנ֣וֹשׁ (mê·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

or a son
וּמִבֶּן־ (ū·mib·ben-)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of man
אָדָ֖ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

who withers
יִנָּתֵֽן׃ (yin·nā·ṯên)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

like grass?
חָצִ֥יר (ḥā·ṣîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2682: Green grass, herbage
(12) I, even I.--The iterated pronoun emphasises the true grounds of confidence. If God be with us, what matter is it who may be against us? The enemies are mortal and weak; the Protector is the Eternal and the Strong.

Verses 12-16. - AN ADDRESS OF GOD TO HIS CAPTIVE PEOPLE. There is no very clear connection between this passage and the preceding, to which it is certainly not an answer. God comforts the captives under the oppression which they are suffering

(1) by reminding them of their oppressors' weakness and short-livedness;

(2) by assuring them of speedy deliverance (ver. 14); and

(3) by impressing upon them his own power as shown in the past, which is a guarantee that he will protect them in the future (vers. 15, 16). Ver. 12. - I am he that comforteth you (comp. ver. 3, and the comment ad loc). Who art thou? Art thou a poor, weak, powerless, unprotected people, which might well tremble at the powerful Babylonians: or art thou not rather a people under the special protection of Jehovah, bound, therefore, to fear no one? As grass (comp. Isaiah 37:27; Isaiah 11:6-8). 51:9-16 The people whom Christ has redeemed with his blood, as well as by his power, will obtain joyful deliverance from every enemy. He that designs such joy for us at last, will he not work such deliverance in the mean time, as our cases require? In this world of changes, it is a short step from joy to sorrow, but in that world, sorrow shall never come in view. They prayed for the display of God's power; he answers them with consolations of his grace. Did we dread to sin against God, we should not fear the frowns of men. Happy is the man that fears God always. And Christ's church shall enjoy security by the power and providence of the Almighty.
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