Isaiah 52:8
New International Version
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.

New Living Translation
The watchmen shout and sing with joy, for before their very eyes they see the LORD returning to Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.

Berean Study Bible
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, together they shout for joy. For every eye will see when the LORD returns to Zion.

King James Bible
Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

New King James Version
Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, With their voices they shall sing together; For they shall see eye to eye When the LORD brings back Zion.

New American Standard Bible
Listen! Your watchmen raise their voices, They shout joyfully together; For they will see with their own eyes When the LORD restores Zion.

NASB 1995
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, They shout joyfully together; For they will see with their own eyes When the LORD restores Zion.

NASB 1977
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, They shout joyfully together; For they will see with their own eyes When the LORD restores Zion.

Amplified Bible
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, Together they shout for joy; For they will see face to face The return of the LORD to Zion.

Christian Standard Bible
The voices of your watchmen — they lift up their voices, shouting for joy together; for every eye will see when the LORD returns to Zion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The voices of your watchmen— they lift up their voices, shouting for joy together; for every eye will see when the LORD returns to Zion.

American Standard Version
The voice of thy watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when Jehovah returneth to Zion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The voice of your Watchmen. They lifted up a voice and together they sing, because eye to eye they shall see when LORD JEHOVAH returns to Zion

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the voice of them that guard thee is exalted, and with the voice together they shall rejoice: for eyes shall look to eyes, when the Lord shall have mercy upon Sion.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone on guard duty, sing and celebrate! Look! You can see the LORD returning to Zion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of thy watchmen: they have lifted up their voice, they shah praise together: for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall convert Sion

English Revised Version
The voice of thy watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see, eye to eye, when the LORD returneth to Zion.

Good News Translation
Those who guard the city are shouting, shouting together for joy. They can see with their own eyes the return of the LORD to Zion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen! Your watchmen raise their voices and shout together joyfully. When the LORD brings Zion back, they will see it with their own eyes.

International Standard Version
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for they will see in plain sight the return of the LORD to Zion with compassion.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hark, thy watchmen! they lift up the voice, Together do they sing; For they shall see, eye to eye, The LORD returning to Zion.

Literal Standard Version
The voice of your watchmen! They have lifted up the voice, together they cry aloud, Because they see eye to eye, In YHWH’s turning back [to] Zion.

NET Bible
Listen, your watchmen shout; in unison they shout for joy, for they see with their very own eyes the LORD's return to Zion.

New Heart English Bible
The voice of your watchmen. They lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD returns to Zion with compassion.

World English Bible
The voice of your watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh returns to Zion.

Young's Literal Translation
The voice of thy watchmen! They have lifted up the voice, together they cry aloud, Because eye to eye they see, in Jehovah's turning back to Zion.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Deliverance for Jerusalem
7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 8Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, together they shout for joy. For every eye will see when the LORD returns to Zion. 9Break forth in joy, sing together, O ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted His people; He has redeemed Jerusalem.…

Cross References
Isaiah 24:14
They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they proclaim the majesty of the LORD.

Isaiah 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD shall take no rest for yourselves,

Ezekiel 3:17
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.


Treasury of Scripture

Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

thy

Isaiah 56:10
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Isaiah 62:6
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

Song of Solomon 3:3
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

lift

Isaiah 24:14
They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

Isaiah 40:9
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 58:1
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

with

Isaiah 12:4-6
And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted…

Isaiah 26:1
In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

Isaiah 27:2
In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

see

Isaiah 30:26
Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Jeremiah 32:39
And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

Zephaniah 3:9
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.









(8) Thy watchmen . . .--The sentinels see the heralds from their watch-towers (Isaiah 21:6; Habakkuk 2:1), and sing out for joy, as they see, not only afar off, but "eye to eye," the presence of the God who has become the King.

Verse 8. - Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; literally, The voice of thy watchers. They have lifted up the voice; they sing (or, shout joyfully, Kay) together. The "watchmen" are regarded by some as the prophets of the Captivity-time (Delitzsch), by others - as the faithful who "waited for the redemption of Israel" (Kay); but are considered by the best critics (Cheyne, Alexander) to be "supersensible beings," or, in other words, angels, who "watch" over the fortunes of Israel, and sympathize with their weal and woe (see Daniel 4:13, 17, 23, etc.). These "watchers" now "sing" or "shout" with joy. They shall see eye to eye (compare the "face to face" of Numbers 14:14; Deuteronomy 34:10). The "watchers" would watch closely God's dealings with his Church, and would see them as clearly as a man sees his friend when he leeks into his face. When the Lord shall bring again Zion. It is, perhaps, best to translate, with Houbigant and Mr. Cheyne, "When the Lord shall return to Zion." The prophet sees God as the Leader of his people, not merely by his providence bringing them back, but "returning" at their head (camp. ver. 12).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Listen!
ק֥וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

Your watchmen
צֹפַ֛יִךְ (ṣō·p̄a·yiḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 6822: To lean forward, to peer into the distance, to observe, await

lift up
נָ֥שְׂאוּ (nā·śə·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

their voices,
ק֖וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

together
יַחְדָּ֣ו (yaḥ·dāw)
Adverb
Strong's 3162: A unit, unitedly

they shout for joy,
יְרַנֵּ֑נוּ (yə·ran·nê·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7442: To give a ringing cry

for
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

every eye
עַ֤יִן (‘a·yin)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

will see
יִרְא֔וּ (yir·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7200: To see

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

returns
בְּשׁ֥וּב (bə·šūḇ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to Zion.
צִיּֽוֹן׃ (ṣî·yō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 6726: Zion -- a mountain in Jerusalem, also a name for Jerusalem


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