Isaiah 64:8
New International Version
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

New Living Translation
And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

English Standard Version
But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Berean Study Bible
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.

King James Bible
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

New King James Version
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

New American Standard Bible
But now, LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter, And all of us are the work of Your hand.

NASB 1995
But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.

NASB 1977
But now, O LORD, Thou art our Father, We are the clay, and Thou our potter; And all of us are the work of Thy hand.

Amplified Bible
Yet, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter, And we all are the work of Your hand.

Christian Standard Bible
Yet LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we all are the work of your hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands.

American Standard Version
But now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now, LORD JEHOVAH, you are our Father, we are clay, and you are our potter and we are, all of us, the work of your hands

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now, O Lord, thou art our Father, and we are clay, all of us the work of thine hands.

Contemporary English Version
You, LORD, are our Father. We are nothing but clay, but you are the potter who molded us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, O Lord, thou art our father, and we are clay: and thou art our maker, and we all are the works of thy hands.

English Revised Version
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Good News Translation
But you are our father, LORD. We are like clay, and you are like the potter. You created us,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But now, LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. We are the work of your hands.

International Standard Version
But as for you, O LORD, you are our Father; and we are clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But now, O LORD, Thou art our Father; We are the clay, and Thou our potter, And we all are the work of Thy hand.

Literal Standard Version
And now, O YHWH, You [are] our Father, "" We [are] the clay, and You [are] our Framer, "" And the work of Your hand—all of us.

NET Bible
Yet, LORD, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the product of your labor.

New Heart English Bible
But now, LORD, you are our Father, and we are clay, and you are our potter; and we all are the work of your hands.

World English Bible
But now, Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father, We are the clay, and Thou our Framer, And the work of Thy hand -- all of us.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for God's Power
7No one calls on Your name or strives to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 8But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. 9Do not be angry, O LORD, beyond measure; do not remember our iniquity forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray; we are all Your people!…

Cross References
John 8:41
You are doing the works of your father." "We are not illegitimate children," they declared. "Our only Father is God Himself."

Romans 9:20
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, "Why did You make me like this?"

Exodus 4:22
Then tell Pharaoh that this is what the LORD says: 'Israel is My firstborn son,

Job 10:3
Does it please You to oppress me, to reject the work of Your hands and favor the schemes of the wicked?

Psalm 100:3
Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 19:25
The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance."

Isaiah 29:16
You have turned things upside down, as if the potter were regarded as clay. Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pottery say of the potter, "He has no understanding"?

Isaiah 45:9
Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker--one clay pot among many. Does the clay ask the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?

Isaiah 45:11
Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: "How dare you question Me about My sons, or instruct Me in the work of My hands?

Isaiah 60:21
Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the land forever; they are the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, so that I may be glorified.

Isaiah 63:16
Yet You are our Father, though Abraham does not know us and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.

Jeremiah 18:6
"O house of Israel, declares the LORD, can I not treat you as this potter treats his clay? Just like clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Jeremiah 31:9
They will come with weeping, and by their supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk beside streams of waters, on a level path where they will not stumble. For I am Israel's Father, and Ephraim is My firstborn."

Hosea 1:10
Yet the number of the Israelites will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted. And it will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'

Malachi 2:10
Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why then do we break faith with one another so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?


Treasury of Scripture

But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.

thou art

Isaiah 63:16
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Exodus 4:22
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

Deuteronomy 32:6
Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

are the clay

Isaiah 29:16
Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

Isaiah 45:9
Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

Jeremiah 18:2-6
Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words…

all are

Isaiah 43:7
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Isaiah 44:21,24
Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me…

Job 10:8,9
Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me…









(8) We are the clay, and thou our potter . . .--Commonly, partly, perhaps, from St. Paul's application of the image in Romans 9:20-21, and Isaiah's own use of it in Isaiah 29:16, we associate the idea of the potter with that of simple arbitrary sovereignty. Here, however (as in Jeremiah 18:6), another aspect is presented to us, and the power of the Great Potter is made the ground of prayer. The "clay" entreats Him to fashion it according to His will, and has faith in His readiness, as well as His power, to comply with that prayer. The thought of the "potter" becomes, in this aspect of it, one with that of the Fatherhood of God.

Verse 8. - But now, O Lord, thou art our Father (see the comment on Isaiah 63:16). We are the clay, and thou our Potter (comp. Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 45:9). Thy hands have made us and fashioned us, both as individuals and as a nation. Thou hast lavished thy labour and thy skill upon us. Surely thou wilt not "forsake the work of thine own hands" (Psalm 138:8).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But now,
וְעַתָּ֥ה (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 6258: At this time

O LORD,
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH

You
אָ֑תָּה (’āt·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are our Father;
אָבִ֣ינוּ (’ā·ḇî·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1: Father

we
אֲנַ֤חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's 587: We

are the clay,
הַחֹ֙מֶר֙ (ha·ḥō·mer)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2563: A bubbling up, of water, a wave, of earth, mire, clay, a heap, a chomer, dry measure

and You
וְאַתָּ֣ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are the potter;
יֹצְרֵ֔נוּ (yō·ṣə·rê·nū)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 3335: To mould into a, form, as a, potter, to determine

we are all
כֻּלָּֽנוּ׃ (kul·lā·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the work
וּמַעֲשֵׂ֥ה (ū·ma·‘ă·śêh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

of Your hand.
יָדְךָ֖ (yā·ḏə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand


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