Isaiah 55:8
New International Version
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

English Standard Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

King James Bible
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways." This is the LORD's declaration.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.

Good News Translation
"My thoughts," says the LORD, "are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways." This is the LORD's declaration."

International Standard Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

NET Bible
"Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds,

New Heart English Bible
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For my thoughts are not as your thoughts, neither are your ways as my ways, saith the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

American King James Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.

American Standard Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For my counsels are not as your counsels, nor are my ways as your ways, saith the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

World English Bible
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
For not My thoughts are your thoughts, Nor your ways My ways, -- an affirmation of Jehovah,
Study Bible
Invitation to the Needy
7Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. 8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 7:19
And as if this was a small thing in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, You have also spoken about the future of the house of Your servant. Is this Your custom with man, O Lord GOD?

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the purposes of His heart to all generations.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us--none can compare to You--if I would proclaim and declare of them, they are more than could be numbered.

Isaiah 14:24
The LORD of Hosts has sworn: "As I have planned, so will it be; as I have purposed, so will it stand.

Isaiah 53:6
We all like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 58:13
If you turn your foot from breaking the Sabbath, from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight, and the LORD's holy day honorable, if you honor it by not going your own way or seeking your own pleasure or speaking idle words,

Isaiah 65:2
All day long I have held out My hands to an obstinate people, who walk in the wrong path, who follow their own imaginations,

Isaiah 66:18
"For I know their works and thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see My glory.

Treasury of Scripture

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.

2 Samuel 7:19
And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?

Psalm 25:10
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.







Lexicon
“For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

My thoughts
מַחְשְׁבוֹתַי֙ (maḥ·šə·ḇō·w·ṯay)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

are not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

your thoughts,
מַחְשְׁב֣וֹתֵיכֶ֔ם (maḥ·šə·ḇō·w·ṯê·ḵem)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

neither are
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

your ways
דַרְכֵיכֶ֖ם (ḏar·ḵê·ḵem)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

My ways,”
דְּרָכָ֑י (də·rā·ḵāy)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

declares
נְאֻ֖ם (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(8) My thoughts are not your thoughts . . .--The assertion refers to both the promise and the warning. Men think that the gifts of God can be purchased with money (Acts 8:20). They think that the market in which they are sold is always open, and that they can have them when and how they please (Matthew 25:9-13).

Verses 8-13. - A FRESH ASSURANCE or DELIVERANCE FROM BABYLON. Man can scarcely conceive of the deliverance which God designs; but God's thoughts are not as man's (vers. 8, 9). God's word, once pronounced, is potent to effect its purpose (vers. 10, 11). Deliverance from Babylon, having been promised, will take place, and will be accompanied by all manner of spiritual blessings (vers. 12, 13). Verses 8, 9. - My thoughts are not your thoughts. Though man is made in God's image (Genesis 1:27), yet the nature of God in every way infinitely transcends that of man. Both the thoughts and the acts of God surpass man's understanding. Men find it hard to pardon those who have offended them; God can pardon, and "pardon abundantly." Men cannot conceive of coming changes, when they pass certain limits. God knows assuredly what changes are approaching, since they are his doing. 55:6-13 Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of all happiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God, now his word is calling to us, and his Spirit is striving with us. But there is a day coming when he will not be found. There may come such a time in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment the door will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way, but a change of the mind. We must alter our judgments about persons and things. It is not enough to break off from evil practices, we must strive against evil thoughts. To repent is to return to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so, God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend. But let none trifle with this plenteous mercy, or use it as an occasion to sin. Men's thoughts concerning sin, Christ, and holiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differ from God's; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon. We forgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, he remembers it no more. The power of his word in the kingdoms of providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects. If we take a special view of the church, we shall find what great things God has done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their own land; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel grace will make a great change in men. Delivered from the wrath to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of his Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation. And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth, to have such views of the fulness, freeness, and greatness of the rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow views of sovereign grace.
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