Isaiah 66:4
New International Version
so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”

New Living Translation
I will send them great trouble— all the things they feared. For when I called, they did not answer. When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned before my very eyes and chose to do what they know I despise.”

English Standard Version
I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.”

Berean Study Bible
So I will choose their punishment and I will bring terror upon them, because I called and no one answered, I spoke and no one listened. But they did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight.”

King James Bible
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

New King James Version
So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”

New American Standard Bible
So I will choose their punishments And bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. Instead, they did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight.”

NASB 1995
So I will choose their punishments And will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight.”

NASB 1977
So I will choose their punishments, And I will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight, And chose that in which I did not delight.”

Amplified Bible
So I will choose their punishments, And will bring the things they dread upon them Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen or obey. But they did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight.”

Christian Standard Bible
So I will choose their punishment, and I will bring on them what they dread because I called and no one answered; I spoke and they did not listen; they did what was evil in my sight and chose what I did not delight in.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I will choose their punishment, and I will bring on them what they dread because I called and no one answered; I spoke and they didn’t hear; they did what was evil in My sight and chose what I didn’t delight in.

American Standard Version
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did that which was evil in mine eyes, and chose that wherein I delighted not.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also I shall take pleasure in their disgrace and I shall pay them their works, because I called and there is none who answered, and I have spoken and they did not listen, and they have done what is evil before me, and they chose the thing that I have not desired

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I also will choose their mockeries, and will recompense their sins upon them; because I called them, and they did not hearken to me; I spoke, and they heard not: and they did evil before me, and chose the things wherein I delighted not.

Contemporary English Version
You refused to answer when I called out; you paid no attention to my instructions. Instead, you did what I hated, knowing it was wrong. Now I will punish you in a way you dread the most.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore I also will choose their mockeries, and will bring upon them the things they feared: y because I called, and there was none that would answer; I have spoken, and they heard not; and they have done evil in my eyes, and have chosen the things that displease me.

English Revised Version
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did that which was evil in mine eyes, and chose that wherein I delighted not.

Good News Translation
So I will bring disaster upon them--the very things they are afraid of--because no one answered when I called or listened when I spoke. They chose to disobey me and do evil."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I will choose harsh treatment for them and bring on them what they fear. I called, but no one answered. I spoke, but they didn't listen. They did what I consider evil. They chose what I don't like.

International Standard Version
Therefore I, too, will choose harsh treatment for them, and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they didn't listen; but they did what I consider to be evil, and chose what doesn't please me."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even so I will choose their mockings, And will bring their fears upon them; Because when I called, none did answer; When I spoke, they did not hear, But they did that which was evil in Mine eyes, And chose that in which I delighted not.

Literal Standard Version
I also—I fix on their distress, And I bring in their fears to them, Because I have called, and there is none answering, I spoke, and they have not listened, And they do evil in My eyes, And on that which I did not desire—fixed.”

NET Bible
So I will choose severe punishment for them; I will bring on them what they dread, because I called, and no one responded, I spoke and they did not listen. They did evil before me; they chose to do what displeases me."

New Heart English Bible
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears on them; because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did that which was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I did not delight."

World English Bible
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears on them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did that which was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I didn't delight."

Young's Literal Translation
I also -- I fix on their vexations, And their fears I bring in to them, Because I have called, and there is none answering, I spake, and they have not hearkened, And they do the evil things in Mine eyes, And on that which I desired not -- fixed.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Heaven is My Throne
3Whoever slaughters an ox is like one who slays a man; whoever sacrifices a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever presents a grain offering is like one who offers pig’s blood; whoever offers frankincense is like one who blesses an idol. Indeed, they have chosen their own ways and delighted in their abominations. 4So I will choose their punishment and I will bring terror upon them, because I called and no one answered, I spoke and no one listened. But they did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight.” 5You who tremble at His word, hear the word of the LORD: “Your brothers who hate you and exclude you because of My name have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified that we may see your joy!’ But they will be put to shame.”…

Cross References
1 Samuel 8:19
Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We must have a king over us.

2 Kings 21:2
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD by following the abominations of the nations that the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

2 Kings 21:6
He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did great evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger.

Proverbs 1:24
Because you refused my call, and no one took my outstretched hand,

Proverbs 1:31
So they will eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 1:32
For the waywardness of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

Proverbs 10:24
What the wicked man dreads will overtake him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.


Treasury of Scripture

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears on them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before my eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

will choose

1 Kings 22:19-23
And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left…

Psalm 81:12
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Proverbs 1:31,32
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices…

delusions.

Proverbs 10:24
The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

when I called

Isaiah 50:2
Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

Isaiah 65:12
Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

Proverbs 1:24
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

they did

Isaiah 65:3
A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

2 Kings 21:2,6
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel…









(4) I also will choose their delusions . . .--The Hebrew noun conveys the thought of the turnings and windings of fortune--what has been called the irony of history. These are the instruments with which God, as it were, mocks and has in derision those who mock Him by their hypocrisy. Their choice did not delight Him; what He chooses will be far other than delightful for them. (Comp. Psalm 2:4; Proverbs 1:24-26.)

Verse 4. - Their delusions; or, their childish follies (LXX., ἐμπαίγματα). As God sends on some men "strong delusion that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:11), so on others he sends a spirit of childish folly, which makes their conduct silly and headstrong. Persons whose characters are of this stamp are especially liable to vain and groundless "fears." When I called, none did answer (comp. Isaiah 65:12, and see the comment on that passage).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

I
אֲנִ֞י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

will choose
אֶבְחַ֣ר (’eḇ·ḥar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 977: To try, select

their punishment
בְּתַעֲלֻלֵיהֶ֗ם (bə·ṯa·‘ă·lu·lê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8586: Caprice, vexation, a tyrant

and I will bring
אָבִ֣יא (’ā·ḇî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

terror
וּמְגֽוּרֹתָם֙ (ū·mə·ḡū·rō·ṯām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4035: A storehouse, granary

upon them,
לָהֶ֔ם (lā·hem)
Preposition-l | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

because
יַ֤עַן (ya·‘an)
Adverb
Strong's 3282: Heed, purpose, to indicate the reason, cause

I called
קָרָ֙אתִי֙ (qā·rā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

and no
וְאֵ֣ין (wə·’ên)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

one answered,
עוֹנֶ֔ה (‘ō·w·neh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

I spoke
דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי (dib·bar·tî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

and no one
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

listened.
שָׁמֵ֑עוּ (šā·mê·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

But they did
וַיַּעֲשׂ֤וּ (way·ya·‘ă·śū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 6213: To do, make

what was evil
הָרַע֙ (hā·ra‘)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

in My sight
בְּעֵינַ֔י (bə·‘ê·nay)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

and chose
בָּחָֽרוּ׃ (bā·ḥā·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 977: To try, select

that in which
וּבַאֲשֶׁ֥ר (ū·ḇa·’ă·šer)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I did not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

delight.?
חָפַ֖צְתִּי (ḥā·p̄aṣ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire


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