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Isaiah 41:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contend with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them—them that contend with thee; they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Thou shalt seek them, but shalt not find them—The men who have contended with thee, They shall become as nothing, and as a thing of nought—The men who have warred against thee;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Thou seekest them, and findest them not, The men who debate with thee, They are as nothing, yea, as nothing, The men who war with thee.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find the men that resist thee: they shall be as nothing: and as a thing consumed the men that war against thee.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thou shalt seeke them, and shalt not find them, [euen] them that contended with thee: they that warre against thee shalbe as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thou shalt seek them, and thou shalt not find the men who shall insolently rage against thee: for they shall be as if they were not, and they that war against thee shall not be.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thou shalt seek 1245
{1245} Prime
בּקשׁ
baqash
{baw-kash'}
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
them, and shalt not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
find 4672
{4672} Prime
מָצָא
matsa'
{maw-tsaw'}
A primitive root; properly to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; transitively to attain, that is, find or acquire; figuratively to occur, meet or be present.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
them, x376
(0376) Complement
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
[even] them y582
[0582] Standard
אֱנוֹשׁ
'enowsh
{en-oshe'}
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
that contended 4695
{4695} Prime
מַצּוּת
matstsuwth
{mats-tsooth'}
From H5327; a quarrel.
with thee: they x376
(0376) Complement
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
that war 4421
{4421} Prime
מִלְחָמָה
milchamah
{mil-khaw-maw'}
From H3898 (in the sense of fighting); a battle (that is, the engagement); generally war (that is, warfare).
against thee shall be x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
as nothing, x369
(0369) Complement
אַיִן
'ayin
{ah'-yin}
As if from a primitive root meaning to be nothing or not exist; a non-entity; generally used as a negative particle.
and as a thing of nought. 657
{0657} Prime
אֶפֶס
'ephec
{eh'-fes}
From H0656; cessation, that is, an end (especially of the earth); often used adverbially no further; also (like H6466) the ankle (in the dual), as being the extremity of the leg or foot.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 41:12

_ _ seek ... and ... not find — said of one so utterly put out of the way that not a trace of him can be found (Psalms 37:36).

_ _ thing of naught — shall utterly perish.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 41:10-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 41:12

Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not (l) find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught.

(l) Because they will be destroyed.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
shalt seek:

Job 20:7-9 [Yet] he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where [is] he? ... The eye also [which] saw him shall [see him] no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
Psalms 37:35-36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. ... Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

them that contended with thee:
Heb. the men of thy contention. they that war against thee. Heb. the men of thy war.
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