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Isaiah 42:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It pleased Jehovah, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make [it] honourable.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The LORD was pleased for His righteousness’ sake To make the law great and glorious.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make [it] honorable.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Jehovah had delight [in him] for his righteousness' sake: he hath magnified the law, and made it honourable.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Yahweh, is well-pleased for his own righteousness' sake, He magnifieth instruction and maketh it majestic.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Jehovah hath delight for the sake of His righteousness, He magnifieth law, and maketh honourable.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the Lord was willing to sanctify him, and to magnify the law, and exalt it.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The LORD is well pleased for his righteousnes sake, he will magnifie the Law, and make [it] honourable.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The Lord God has taken counsel that he might be justified, and might magnify [his] praise.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Yahweh is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make [it] honourable.

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.
is well pleased 2654
{2654} Prime
חָפֵץ
chaphets
{khaw-fates'}
A primitive root; properly to incline to; by implication (literally but rarely) to bend; figuratively to be pleased with, desire.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
for his righteousness' y6664
[6664] Standard
צֶדֶק
tsedeq
{tseh'-dek}
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity.
sake; x4616
(4616) Complement
לְמַעַן
ma`an
{mah'-an}
From H6030; properly heed, that is, purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically in order that.
x6664
(6664) Complement
צֶדֶק
tsedeq
{tseh'-dek}
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity.
he will magnify 1431
{1431} Prime
גָּדַל
gadal
{gaw-dal'}
A primitive root; properly to twist (compare H1434), that is, to be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
the law, 8451
{8451} Prime
תּוֹרָה
towrah
{to-raw'}
From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.
and make [it] honourable. 142
{0142} Prime
אָדַר
'adar
{aw-dar'}
A primitive root; to expand, that is, be great or (figuratively) magnificent.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 42:21

_ _ his righteousness — not His people’s, but His own; Isaiah 42:24 shows that they had no righteousness (Isaiah 45:24; Isaiah 59:16). God is well pleased with His Son (“in whom My soul delighteth,Isaiah 42:1), “who fulfils all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15) for them, and with them for His sake (compare Isaiah 42:6; Psalms 71:16, Psalms 71:19; Matthew 5:17; Romans 10:3, Romans 10:4; Philippians 3:9). Perhaps in God’s “righteousness” here is included His faithfulness to His promises given to Israel’s forefathers [Rosenmuller]; because of this He is well pleased with Israel, even though displeased with their sin, which He here reproves; but that promise could only be based on the righteousness of Messiah, the promised seed, which is God’s righteousness.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 42:18-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 42:21

Well pleased — Altho' God might justly destroy thee suddenly, yet he will patiently wait for thy repentance, that he may be gracious; and that not for thy sake, but for the glory of his own faithfulness, in fulfilling that covenant, which he made with thy pious progenitors. Magnify — He will maintain the honour of his law, and therefore is not forward to destroy you, who profess the true religion, lest his law should upon that occasion be exposed to contempt.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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well:

Isaiah 1:24-27 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: ... Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
Isaiah 46:12-13 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that [are] far from righteousness: ... I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
Psalms 71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, [even] of thine only.
Psalms 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, [is] very high, who hast done great things: O God, who [is] like unto thee!
Psalms 85:9-12 Surely his salvation [is] nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. ... Yea, the LORD shall give [that which is] good; and our land shall yield her increase.
Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. ... And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
Romans 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; ... To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:19-21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. ... For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

he will:

Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.
Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Matthew 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. ... For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Romans 8:3-4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: ... That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 10:4 For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3:21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, ... Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Hebrews 8:10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
1 John 3:4-5 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. ... And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

it:
Heb. or, him,
John 13:31-32 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. ... If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
John 17:4-5 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. ... And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
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Ps 40:8; 71:16, 19; 85:9. Is 1:24; 46:12. Dn 9:24. Mt 3:15, 17; 5:17; 17:5. Jn 8:29; 13:31; 15:10; 17:4. Ro 3:25, 31; 7:12; 8:3; 10:4. 2Co 5:19. Ga 3:13, 21; 5:22. Php 3:9. He 8:10. 1Jn 3:4.

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