Isaiah 63:18
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New International Version
For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.

New Living Translation
How briefly your holy people possessed your holy place, and now our enemies have destroyed it.

English Standard Version
Your holy people held possession for a little while; our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.

Berean Study Bible
For a short while Your people possessed Your holy place, but our enemies have trampled Your sanctuary.

New American Standard Bible
Your holy people possessed Your sanctuary for a little while, Our adversaries have trodden it down.

King James Bible
The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

Christian Standard Bible
Your holy people had a possession for a little while, but our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.

Contemporary English Version
For a little while, your temple belonged to us; and now our enemies have torn it down.

Good News Translation
We, your holy people, were driven out by our enemies for a little while; they trampled down your sanctuary.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your holy people had a possession for a little while, but our enemies have trampled down Your sanctuary.

International Standard Version
Your holy people took possession for a little while, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.

NET Bible
For a short time your special nation possessed a land, but then our adversaries knocked down your holy sanctuary.

New Heart English Bible
Your holy people possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your holy people possessed the land for a little while. Our enemies have trampled on your holy place.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy holy people they have well nigh driven out, Our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary.

New American Standard 1977
Thy holy people possessed Thy sanctuary for a little while, Our adversaries have trodden it down.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The people of thy holiness have possessed the promised land but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

King James 2000 Bible
The people of your holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.

American King James Version
The people of your holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.

American Standard Version
Thy holy people possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have possessed thy holy people as nothing: our enemies have trodden down thy sanctuary.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy holy people have possessed [it] but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

English Revised Version
Thy holy people possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

Webster's Bible Translation
The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

World English Bible
Your holy people possessed [it] but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.

Young's Literal Translation
For a little while did Thy holy people possess, Our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary.
Study Bible
A Prayer for Mercy
17Why, O LORD, do You make us stray from Your ways and harden our hearts from fearing You? Return, for the sake of Your servants, the tribes of Your heritage. 18For a short while Your people possessed Your holy place, but our enemies have trampled Your sanctuary. 19We have become like those You never ruled, like those not called by Your name.…
Cross References
Luke 21:24
They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations. And Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Leviticus 26:31
I will reduce your cities to rubble and lay waste to your sanctuaries, and I will refuse to smell the pleasing aroma of your sacrifices.

Psalm 74:3
Turn Your steps to the everlasting ruins, to everything in the sanctuary the enemy has destroyed.

Isaiah 63:19
We have become like those You never ruled, like those not called by Your name.

Isaiah 64:11
Our holy and beautiful temple, where our fathers praised You, has been burned with fire, and all that was dear to us lies in ruins.

Jeremiah 12:10
Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard; they have trampled My plot of land. They have turned My pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.

Daniel 8:13
Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long until the fulfillment of the vision of the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host to be trampled?"

Amos 7:9
The high places of Isaac will be deserted, and the sanctuaries of Israel will be laid waste; and I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with My sword."

Treasury of Scripture

The people of your holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.

people

Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: …

Exodus 19:4-6 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on …

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 26:19 And to make you high above all nations which he has made, in praise, …

Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

our

Isaiah 64:11,12 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, …

Psalm 74:3-7 Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the …

Lamentations 1:10 The adversary has spread out his hand on all her pleasant things: …

Lamentations 4:1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the …

Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said to them, See you not all these things? truly I say …

Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure …







(18) The people of thy holiness . . .--Better, For a little while have they possessed thy sanctuary, or, with a various reading, thy holy mountain. The plea is addressed to Jehovah, on the ground of His promise that the inheritance was to be an everlasting one. Compared with that promise, the period of possession, from Joshua and David to the fall of the monarchy, was but as a "little while." (Comp. Psalm 90:4.) The seeming failure of the promise was aggravated by the fact that the enemies of Israel had trodden down the sanctuary.

Verse 18. - The people of thy holiness; or, thy holy people (comp. Isaiah 62:9; Isaiah 63:15: 64:11). Some critics read har, "mountain," instead of ' am, "people," and translate, "But for a little while have they" (i.e. thy servants) "had possession of thy holy mountain." The general meaning is the same in either case. "Israel, God's people, has held Palestine but for a little while" - a few centuries - and now the heathen have been allowed to make themselves masters of it, (comp. Ezra 10:8). The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while,.... Either the land of Canaan, which the Jews, the Lord's holy people, whom he had separated from others, possessed about fourteen hundred years, which was but a little while in comparison of "for ever", as was promised; or they enjoyed it but a little while in peace and quiet, being often disturbed by their neighbours; or else the sanctuary, the temple, as it is to be supplied from the next clause, which stood but little more than four hundred years:

our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary; the temple; the first temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; and the second temple by the Romans; and Antiochus, and Pompey, and others, profaned it, by treading in it. 18. people of … holiness—Israel dedicated as holy unto God (Isa 62:12; De 7:6).

possessed—namely, the Holy Land, or Thy "sanctuary," taken from the following clause, which is parallel to this (compare Isa 64:10, 11; Ps 74:6-8).

thy—an argument why God should help them; their cause is His cause.63:15-19 They beseech him to look down on the abject condition of their once-favoured nation. Would it not be glorious to his name to remove the veil from their hearts, to return to the tribes of his inheritance? The Babylonish captivity, and the after-deliverance of the Jews, were shadows of the events here foretold. The Lord looks down upon us in tenderness and mercy. Spiritual judgments are more to be dreaded than any other calamities; and we should most carefully avoid those sins which justly provoke the Lord to leave men to themselves and to their deceiver. Our Redeemer from everlasting is thy name; thy people have always looked upon thee as the God to whom they might appeal. The Lord will hear the prayers of those who belong to him, and deliver them from those not called by his name.
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