New American Standard Bible
"Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?"
King James Bible
Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, since the day was, I am HE, and there is none that delivereth out of my hand: I will work, and who shall hinder it?
World English Bible
Yes, since the day was I am he; and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand. I will work, and who can hinder it?"
Young's Literal Translation
Even from the day I am He, And there is no deliverer from My hand, I work, and who doth turn it back?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Yea, before the day was - Before the first day, or before the beginning of time; from eternity. The Septuagint renders it correctly, Ἀπ ̓ ἀρχης Ap' archēs, and the Vulgate (Ab initio), 'From the beginning.'
I am he - I am the same Isaiah 43:10.
I will work - I will accomplish my designs.
And who shall let it? - Margin, as Hebrew, 'Turn it back.' The meaning is, 'Who can hinder it?' And the doctrine taught here is:
1. That God is from everlasting, for if he was before time, he must have been eternal.
2. That he is unchangeably the same - a doctrine which is, as it is here designed to be used, the only sure foundation for the security of his people - for who can trust a being who is fickle, changing, vacillating?
3. That he can deliver his people always, no matter what are their circumstances.
4. That he will accomplish all his plans; no matter whether to save his people, or to destroy his foes.
5. That no one - man or devil - can hinder him. How can the feeble arm of a creature resist God?
6. That opposition to him is as fruitless as it is wicked. If people wish for happiness, they must fall in with his plans, and aid in the furtherance of his designs.
LibraryFebruary the Fourth Spiritual Buoyancy
"When thou passeth through the waters they shall not overflow thee." --ISAIAH xliii. 1-7. When Mrs. Booth, the mother of the Salvation Army, was dying, she quietly said, "The waters are rising but I am not sinking." But then she had been saying that all through her life. Other floods besides the waters of death had gathered about her soul. Often had the floods been out and the roads were deep in affliction. But she had never sunk! The good Lord made her buoyant, and she rode upon the storm! This, …
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Epistle xxx. To Venantius, Ex-Monk, Patrician of Syracuse .
The Fiery Furnace
"Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.
"Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?'
"Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver.
Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
"For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?"
"Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'"
Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
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