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Isaiah 43:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes, And the deaf, even though they have ears.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Bring forth, A blind people, that have, eyes, and, A deaf, that have, ears.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— He brought out a blind people who have eyes, And deaf ones who have ears.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Bring forth the people that are blind, and have eyes: that are deaf, and have ears.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Bring foorth the blinde people, that haue eyes; and the deafe that haue eares.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— and I have brought forth the blind people; for [their] eyes are alike blind, and they that have ears are deaf.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Bring forth 3318
{3318} Prime
A primitive root; to go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate.
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
the blind 5787
{5787} Prime
Intensive from H5786; blind (literally or figuratively).
people 5971
{5971} Prime
From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock.
that have 3426
{3426} Prime
Perhaps from an unused root meaning to stand out, or exist; entity; used adverbially or as a copula for the substantive verb (H1961); there is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection).
eyes, 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
and the deaf 2795
{2795} Prime
From H2790; deaf (whether literal or spiritual).
that have ears. 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 43:8

_ _ Solemn challenge given by God to the nations to argue with Him the question of His superiority to their idols, and His power to deliver Israel (Isaiah 41:1).

_ _ blind people — the Gentiles, who also, like Israel (Isaiah 42:19), are blind (spiritually), though having eyes; that is, natural faculties, whereby they might know God (Romans 1:20, Romans 1:21) [Lowth]. Or else, the Jews [Vitringa].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Isaiah 43:8-13

_ _ God here challenges the worshippers of idols to produce such proofs of the divinity of their false gods as even this very instance (to go no further) of the redemption of the Jews out of Babylon furnished the people of Israel with, to prove that their God is the true and living God, and he only.

_ _ I. The patrons of idolatry are here called to appear, and say what they have to say in defence of their idols, Isaiah 43:8, Isaiah 43:9. Their gods have eyes and see not, ears and hear not, and those that make them and trust in them are like unto them; so David had said (Psalms 115:8), to which the prophet seems here to refer when he calls idolaters blind people that have eyes, and deaf people that have ears. They have the shape, capacities, and faculties, of men; but they are, in effect, destitute of reason and common sense, or they would never worship gods of their own making. “Let all the nations therefore be gathered together, let them help one another, and with a combined force plead the cause of their dunghill gods; and, if they have nothing to say in their own justification, let them hear what the God of Israel has to say for their conviction and confutation.”

_ _ II. God's witnesses are subpoenaed, or summoned to appear, and give in evidence for him (Isaiah 43:10): “You, O Israelites! all you that are called by my name, you are all my witnesses, and so is my servant whom I have chosen.” It was Christ himself that was so described (Isaiah 42:1), My servant and my elect. Observe,

_ _ 1. All the prophets that testified to Christ, and Christ himself, the great prophet, are here appealed to as God's witnesses. (1.) God's people are witnesses for him, and can attest, upon their own knowledge and experience, concerning the power of his grace, the sweetness of his comforts, the tenderness of his providence, and the truth of his promise. They will be forward to witness for him that he is gracious and that no word of his has fallen to the ground. (2.) His prophets are in a particular manner witnesses for him, with whom his secret is, and who know more of him than others do. But the Messiah especially is given to be a witness for him to the people; having lain in his bosom from eternity, he has declared him. Now,

_ _ 2. Let us see what the point is which these witnesses are called to prove (Isaiah 43:12): You are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Note, Those who do themselves acknowledge that the Lord is God should be ready to testify what they know of him to others, that they also may be brought to the acknowledgement of it. I believed, therefore have I spoken. Particularly, “Since you cannot but know, and believe, and understand, you must be ready to bear record, (1.) That I am he, the only true God, that I am a being self-existent and self-sufficient; I am he whom you are to fear, and worship, and trust in. Nay (Isaiah 43:13), before the day was (before the first day of time, before the creation of the light, and, consequently, from eternity) I am he.” The idols were but of yesterday, new gods that came newly up (Deuteronomy 32:17); but the God of Israel was from everlasting. (2.) That there was no God formed before me, nor shall be after me. The idols were gods formed (dii factimade gods, or rather fictitiifictitious); by nature they were no gods, Galatians 4:8. But God has a being from eternity, yea, and a religion in this world before there were either idols or idolaters (truth is more ancient than error); and he will have a being to eternity, and will be worshipped and glorified when idols are famished and abolished and idolatry shall be no more. True religion will keep its ground, and survive all opposition and competition. Great is the truth, and will prevail. (3.) That I, even I, am the Lord, the great Jehovah, who is, and was, and is to come; and besides me there is no Saviour, Isaiah 43:11. See what it is that the great God glories in, not so much that he is the only ruler as that he is the only Saviour; for he delights to do good: he is the Saviour of all men, 1 Timothy 4:10.

_ _ 3. Let us see what the proofs are which are produced for the confirmation of this point. It appears,

_ _ (1.) That the Lord is God, by two proofs: [1.] He has an infinite and infallible knowledge, as is evident from the predictions of his word (Isaiah 43:12): “I have declared and I have shown that which has without fail come to pass; nay, I never declared nor showed any thing but it has been accomplished. I showed when there was no strange god among you, that is, when you pretended not to consult any oracles but mine, nor to have any prophets but mine.” It is said, when they came out of Egypt, that the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. [2.] He has an infinite and irresistible power, as is evident from the performances of his providence. He pleads not only, I have shown, but, I have saved, not only foretold what none else could foresee, but done what none else could do; for (Isaiah 43:13), “None can deliver out of my hand those whom I will punish; not only no man can, but none of all the gods of the heathen can protect.” It is therefore a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, because there is no getting out of them again. “I will work what I have designed, both in mercy and judgment, and who shall either oppose or retard it?”

_ _ (2.) That the gods of the heathen, who are rivals with him, are not only inferior to him, but no gods at all, which is proved (Isaiah 43:9) by a challenge: Who among them can declare this that I now declare? Who can foretel things to come? Nay, which of them can show us former things? Isaiah 41:22. They cannot so much as inspire an historian, much less a prophet. They are challenged to join issue upon this: Let them bring forth their witnesses, to prove their omniscience and omnipotence. And, [1.] If they do prove them, they shall be justified, the idols in demanding homage and the idolaters in paying it. [2.] If they do not prove them, let them say, It is truth; let them own the true God, and receive the truth concerning him, that he is God alone. The cause of God is not afraid to stand a fair trial; but it may reasonably be expected that those who cannot justify themselves in their irreligion should submit to the power of the truth and true religion.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 43:8

Bring — O ye idolatrous Gentiles, bring forth your false gods, which have eyes but see not, and ears but hear not.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Isaiah 42:18-20 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. ... Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
Isaiah 44:18-20 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; [and] their hearts, that they cannot understand. ... He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, [Is there] not a lie in my right hand?
Deuteronomy 29:2-4 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; ... Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
Jeremiah 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they [are] a rebellious house.
2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ... For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
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