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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But now, O Lord, thou art our Father - (See the notes at Isaiah 63:16).
We are the clay - The idea seems to be, that their condition then had been produced by him as clay is moulded by the potter, and that they were to be returned and restored entirely by him - as they had no more power to do it than the clay had to shape itself. The sense is, that they were wholly in his hand and at his disposal (see the notes at Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 45:9).
And thou our potter - Thou hast power to mould us as the potter does the clay.
And we all are the work of thy hand - That is, as the vessel made by the potter is his work. We have been formed by thee, and we are dependent on thee to make us what thou wilt have us to be. This whole verse is an acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God. It expresses the feeling which all have when under conviction of sin; and when they are sensible that they are exposed to the divine displeasure for their transgressions. Then they feel that if they are to be saved, it must be by the mere sovereignty of God; and then they implore his interposition to 'mould and guide them at his will.'
LibraryPutting God to Work
"For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God beside thee who worketh for him that waiteth for him."--Isaiah 64:4. The assertion voiced in the title given this chapter is but another way of declaring that God has of His own motion placed Himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated Himself to answer the prayers of men. He has ordained prayer as a means whereby He will do things through men as they pray, which He would not otherwise do. Prayer …
Edward M. Bounds—The Weapon of Prayer
Twelfth Day for the Spirit to Convince the World of Sin
"But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness," &C.
A Defence of the Doctrine of Justification, by Faith in Jesus Christ;
"You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."
On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it?
"Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, "Israel is My son, My firstborn.
'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?
Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."
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