New International Version
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.
King James Bible
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Darby Bible Translation
Oh that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then would thy peace have been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea;
World English Bible
Oh that you had listened to my commandments! then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea:
Young's Literal Translation
O that thou hadst attended to My commands, Then as a river is thy peace, And thy righteousness as billows of the sea,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As a river "Like the river" - That is, the Euphrates.
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LibraryA River of Peace and Waves of Righteousness
'Oh that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.'-- ISAIAH xlviii. 18. I. The Wonderful Thought of God here. This is an exclamation of disappointment; of thwarted love. The good which He purposed has been missed by man's fault, and He regards the faulty Israel with sorrow and pity as a would-be benefactor balked of a kind intention might do. O Jerusalem! 'how often would I have gathered thee.' 'If thou hadst known …
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Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!
If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!
"If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
The LORD's justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.
There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them.
Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law.
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