Isaiah 64:2
New International Version
As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!

New Living Translation
As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!

English Standard Version
as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

Berean Study Bible
as fire kindles the brushwood and causes the water to boil, to make Your name known to Your enemies, so that the nations will tremble at Your presence!

King James Bible
As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

New King James Version
As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

New American Standard Bible
As fire kindles brushwood, as fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

NASB 1995
As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

NASB 1977
As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil— To make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Thy presence!

Amplified Bible
As [sure as] fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

Christian Standard Bible
just as fire kindles brushwood, and fire boils water — to make your name known to your enemies, so that nations would tremble at your presence!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
as fire kindles the brushwood, and fire causes water to boil— to make Your name known to Your enemies, so that nations will tremble at Your presence!

American Standard Version
as when fire kindleth the brushwood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil; to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they melted as wax is melted from before fire, and fire will burn your enemies and your name will be made known to your enemies and the nations shall be troubled before you

Brenton Septuagint Translation
as wax melts before the fire; and fire shall burn up the enemies, and thy name shall be manifest among the adversaries: at thy presence the nations shall be troubled,

Contemporary English Version
Be a spark that starts a fire causing water to boil. Then your enemies will know who you are; all nations will tremble because you are nearby.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They would melt as at the burning of fire, the waters would burn with fire, that thy name might be made known to thy enemies: that the nations might tremble at thy presence.

English Revised Version
as when fire kindleth the brushwood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil: to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence.

Good News Translation
They would tremble like water boiling over a hot fire. Come and reveal your power to your enemies, and make the nations tremble at your presence!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be like the fire that kindles brushwood and makes water boil. Come down to make your name known to your enemies. The nations will tremble in your presence.

International Standard Version
just as fire sets twigs ablaze and the fire causes water to boil— to make known your name to your enemies, yes, to your enemies before you, so that the nations might quake at your presence!

JPS Tanakh 1917


Literal Standard Version
(As fire kindles stubble—Fire causes water to boil), To make Your Name known to Your adversaries, Nations tremble from Your presence.

NET Bible
As when fire ignites dry wood, or fire makes water boil, let your adversaries know who you are, and may the nations shake at your presence!

New Heart English Bible
as when fire kindles the brushwood, and the fire causes the waters to boil; to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence.

World English Bible
as when fire kindles the brushwood, [and] the fire causes the waters to boil; to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence!

Young's Literal Translation
(As fire kindleth stubble -- Fire causeth water to boil,) To make known Thy name to Thine adversaries, From Thy presence do nations tremble.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for God's Power
1If only You would rend the heavens and come down, so that mountains would quake at Your presence, 2as fire kindles the brushwood and causes the water to boil, to make Your name known to Your enemies, so that the nations will tremble at Your presence! 3When You did awesome works that we did not expect, You came down, and the mountains trembled at Your presence.…

Cross References
Psalm 99:1
The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble! He is enthroned above the cherubim. Let the earth quake.

Jeremiah 5:22
Do you not fear Me?" declares the LORD. "Do you not tremble before Me, the One who set the sand as the boundary for the sea, an enduring barrier it cannot cross? The waves surge, but they cannot prevail. They roar but cannot cross it.

Jeremiah 33:9
So this city will bring Me renown, joy, praise, and glory before all the nations of the earth, who will hear of all the good I do for it. They will tremble in awe because of all the goodness and prosperity that I will provide for it.

Amos 4:12
"Therefore, that is what I will do to you, O Israel, and since I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!

Micah 1:4
The mountains will melt beneath Him, and the valleys will split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope.

Zechariah 14:4
On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half the mountain moving to the north and half to the south.


Treasury of Scripture

As when the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence!

melting fire.

Isaiah 37:20
Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.

Isaiah 63:12
That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

Exodus 14:4
And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.

that the nations

Exodus 15:14-16
The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina…

Deuteronomy 2:25
This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.

Psalm 9:20
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.









(2) As when the melting fire burneth . . .--Better, as when fire Kindleth brushwood, as when fire causeth the water to boil. The two-fold action of material fire is used, as elsewhere, as a symbol of the "consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29) of the wrath of Jehovah.

Verse 2. - As when the melting fire burneth, etc.; rather, as when fire kindles brushwood, and makes water to boil. Connect the similes with the last clause of ver. 1. The mountains shall be as powerless to resist Jehovah, as brushwood or water to resist fire. To make thy Name known (comp. Isaiah 63:12). Such an "epiphany" as the Church prays for would make the Name of Jehovah known far and wide, exalting him high above all gods, and causing "the nations" - i.e. the whole heathen world - to "tremble at his presence" and refrain from injuring his people.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
as fire
אֵ֣שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

kindles
כִּקְדֹ֧חַ (kiq·ḏō·aḥ)
Preposition-k | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6919: To be kindled, kindle

the brushwood
הֲמָסִ֗ים (hă·mā·sîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2003: A dry twig, brushwood

[and]
אֵ֔שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

causes the water
מַ֚יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

to boil,
תִּבְעֶה־ (tiḇ·‘eh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1158: To gush over, to swell, to desire earnestly, to ask

to make Your name
שִׁמְךָ֖ (šim·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 8034: A name

known
לְהוֹדִ֥יעַ (lə·hō·w·ḏî·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3045: To know

to Your enemies,
לְצָרֶ֑יךָ (lə·ṣā·re·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent

so that nations
גּוֹיִ֥ם (gō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

will tremble
יִרְגָּֽזוּ׃ (yir·gā·zū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7264: To be agitated, quiver, quake, be excited, perturbed

at Your presence!
מִפָּנֶ֖יךָ (mip·pā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face


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