Isaiah 64:8
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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.

New American Standard Bible
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New American Standard 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; such that we all are the work of thy hands.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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.
Study Bible
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 made us melt in 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 have you made 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 concerning My sons, or instruct Me about 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 of old is Your name.

Jeremiah 18:6
"O house of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter treats his clay? declares the LORD. 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 numbered. And in the 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 you are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and …

Exodus 4:22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus said the LORD, Israel is my son, …

Deuteronomy 32:6 Do you thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not …

Galatians 3:26,29 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…

are the clay

Isaiah 29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the …

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

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

Romans 9:20-24 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

all are

Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him …

Isaiah 44:21,24 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for you are my servant: I have …

Job 10:8,9 Your hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet …

Psalm 100:3 Know you that the LORD he is God: it is he that has made us, and …

Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, …

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …







(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). But now, O Lord, thou art our father,.... Notwithstanding all that we have done against thee, and thou hast done to us, the relation of a father continues; thou art our Father by creation and adoption; as he was in a particular manner to the Jews, to whom belonged the adoption; and therefore this relation is pleaded, that mercy might be shown them; and so the Targum,

"and thou, Lord, thy mercies towards us "are" many (or let them be many) as a father towards "his" children.''

We are the clay, and thou our potter: respecting their original formation out of the dust of the earth; and so expressing humility in themselves, and yet ascribing greatness to God, who had curiously formed them, as the potter out of the clay forms vessels for various uses: it may respect their formation as a body politic and ecclesiastic, which arose from small beginnings, under the power and providence of God; see Deuteronomy 32:6,

and we all are the work of thy hand; and therefore regard us, and destroy us not; as men do not usually destroy their own works: these relations to God, and circumstances in which they were as creatures, and as a body civil and ecclesiastic, are used as arguments for mercy and favour. 8. father—(Isa 63:16).

clay … potter—(Isa 29:16; 45:9). Unable to mould themselves aright, they beg the sovereign will of God to mould them unto salvation, even as He made them at the first, and is their "Father."64:6-12 The people of God, in affliction, confess and bewail their sins, owning themselves unworthy of his mercy. Sin is that abominable thing which the Lord hates. Our deeds, whatever they may seem to be, if we think to merit by them at God's hand, are as rags, and will not cover us; filthy rags, and will but defile us. Even our few good works in which there is real excellence, as fruits of the Spirit, are so defective and defiled as done by us, that they need to be washed in the fountain open for sin and uncleanness. It bodes ill when prayer is kept back. To pray, is by faith to take hold of the promises the Lord has made of his good-will to us, and to plead them; to take hold of him, earnestly begging him not to leave us; or soliciting his return. They brought their troubles upon themselves by their own folly. Sinners are blasted, and then carried away, by the wind of their own iniquity; it withers and then ruins them. When they made themselves as an unclean thing, no wonder that God loathed them. Foolish and careless as we are, poor and despised, yet still Thou art our Father. It is the wrath of a Father we are under, who will be reconciled; and the relief our case requires is expected only from him. They refer themselves to God. They do not say, Lord, rebuke us not, for that may be necessary; but, Not in thy displeasure. They state their lamentable condition. See what ruin sin brings upon a people; and an outward profession of holiness will be no defence against it. God's people presume not to tell him what he shall say, but their prayer is, Speak for the comfort and relief of thy people. How few call upon the Lord with their whole hearts, or stir themselves to lay hold upon him! God may delay for a time to answer our prayers, but he will, in the end, answer those who call on his name and hope in his mercy.
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