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Isaiah 38:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Jehovah is [ready] to save me: Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments All the days of our life in the house of Jehovah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The LORD [was ready] to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “The LORD will surely save me; So we will play my songs on stringed instruments All [the] days of our life at the house of the LORD.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The LORD [was ready] to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Jehovah was [purposed] to save me.—And we will play upon my stringed instruments all the days of our life, in the house of Jehovah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Yahweh, [was willing] to save me,—Therefore, on my stringed instruments, will we play—All the days of our life, By the house of Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Like myself to-day—a father to sons Doth make known of Thy faithfulness, O Jehovah—to save me: And my songs we sing all days of our lives In the house of Jehovah.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— O Lord, save me, and we will sing our psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The LORD [was ready] to saue me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments, all the dayes of our life, in the house of the LORD.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— O God of my salvation; and I will not cease blessing thee with the psaltery all the days of my life before the house of God.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Yahweh [was ready] to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of Yahweh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
[was ready] to save 3467
{3467} Prime
יָשַׁע
yasha`
{yaw-shah'}
A primitive root; properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor.
z8687
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
me: therefore we will sing my songs y5058
[5058] Standard
נְגִינָה
n@giynah
{neg-ee-naw'}
From H5059; properly instrumental music; by implication a stringed instrument; by extension a poem set to music; specifically an epigram.
x5059
(5059) Complement
נגן
nagan
{naw-gan'}
A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music.
to the stringed instruments y5059
[5059] Standard
נגן
nagan
{naw-gan'}
A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
x5058
(5058) Complement
נְגִינָה
n@giynah
{neg-ee-naw'}
From H5059; properly instrumental music; by implication a stringed instrument; by extension a poem set to music; specifically an epigram.
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
the days 3117
{3117} Prime
יוֹם
yowm
{yome}
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
of our life 2416
{2416} Prime
חַי
chay
{khah'-ee}
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
in x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the house 1004
{1004} Prime
בַּיִת
bayith
{bah'-yith}
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
of Yhw יָהוֶה. 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 38:9-20.


Isaiah 38:15-20

_ _ The second part of the song passes from prayer to thanksgiving at the prayer being heard.

_ _ What shall I say? — the language of one at a loss for words to express his sense of the unexpected deliverance.

_ _ both spoken ... and ... done it — (Numbers 23:19). Both promised and performed (1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 10:23).

_ _ himself — No one else could have done it (Psalms 98:1).

_ _ go softly ... in the bitterness — rather, “on account of the bitterness”; I will behave myself humbly in remembrance of my past sorrow and sickness from which I have been delivered by God’s mercy (see 1 Kings 21:27, 1 Kings 21:29). In Psalms 42:4, the same Hebrew verb expresses the slow and solemn gait of one going up to the house of God; it is found nowhere else, hence Rosenmuller explains it, “I will reverently attend the sacred festivals in the temple”; but this ellipsis would be harsh; rather metaphorically the word is transferred to a calm, solemn, and submissive walk of life.


Isaiah 38:20

_ _ was ready — not in the Hebrew; “Jehovah was for my salvation,” that is, saved me (compare Isaiah 12:2).

_ _ we — I and my people.

_ _ in the house of the Lord — This song was designed, as many of the other Psalms, as a form to be used in public worship at stated times, perhaps on every anniversary of his recovery; hence “all the days of our life.”

_ _ lump of figs — a round cake of figs pressed into a mass (1 Samuel 25:18). God works by means; the meanest of which He can make effectual.

_ _ boil — inflamed ulcer, produced by the plague.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 38:9-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 38:20

Was ready — Was a present help.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 38:20

The LORD [was ready] to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of (y) our life in the house of the LORD.

(y) He shows what is the use of the Congregation and Church, that is, to give the Lord thanks for his benefits.

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therefore:

Psalms 9:13-14 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble [which I suffer] of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: ... That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
Psalms 27:5-6 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. ... And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psalms 30:11-12 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; ... To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Psalms 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Psalms 66:13-15 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, ... I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
Psalms 145:2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

to the stringed:

Psalms 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
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