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Isaiah 48:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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's Translation (DBY 1890)
— 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;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Oh! that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments,—Then had been, like a river, thy prosperity, And, thy righteousness, like the waves of the sea:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— O that thou hadst attended to My commands, Then as a river is thy peace, And thy righteousness as billows of the sea,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments: thy peace had been as a river, and thy justice as the waves of the sea,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O that thou haddest hearkened to my commandements! Then had thy peace beene as a riuer, and thy righteousnesse as the waues of the sea.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And if thou hadst hearkened to my commandments, [then] would thy peace have been like a river, and thy righteousness as a wave of the sea.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— 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:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
O that 3863
{3863} Prime
לוּא
luw'
{loo}
A conditional particle; if; by implication (interjectionally as a wish) would that!.
thou hadst hearkened 7181
{7181} Prime
קָשַׁב
qashab
{kaw-shab'}
A primitive root; to prick up the ears, that is, hearken.
z8689
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
to my commandments! 4687
{4687} Prime
מִצְוָה
mitsvah
{mits-vaw'}
From H6680; a command, whether human or divine (collectively the Law).
then had thy peace 7965
{7965} Prime
שָׁלוֹם
shalowm
{shaw-lome'}
From H7999; safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace.
been 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 a river, 5104
{5104} Prime
נָהָר
nahar
{naw-hawr'}
From H5102; a stream (including the sea; especially the Nile, Euphrates, etc.); figuratively, prosperity.
and thy righteousness 6666
{6666} Prime
צְדָקָה
ts@daqah
{tsed-aw-kaw'}
From H6663; rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).
as the waves 1530
{1530} Prime
גַּל
gal
{gal}
From H1556; something rolled, that is, a heap of stone or dung (plural ruins); by analogy a spring of water (plural waves).
of the sea: 3220
{3220} Prime
יָם
yam
{yawm}
From an unused root meaning to roar; a sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article) the Mediterranean; sometimes a large river, or an artificial basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 48:18

_ _ peace — (Psalms 119:165). Compare the desire expressed by the same Messiah (Matthew 23:37; Luke 19:42).

_ _ river — (Isaiah 33:21; Isaiah 41:18), a river flowing from God’s throne is the symbol of free, abundant, and ever flowing blessings from Him (Ezekiel 47:1; Zechariah 14:8; Revelation 22:1).

_ _ righteousnessreligious prosperity; the parent of “peace” or national prosperity; therefore “peace” corresponds to “righteousness” in the parallelism (Isaiah 32:17).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 48:16-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 48:18

As the waves — Infinite and continual.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
that thou:

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, [that] they understood this, [that] they would consider their latter end!
Psalms 81:13-16 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways! ... He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!
Luke 19:41-42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, ... Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things [which belong] unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

then had:

Isaiah 32:15-18 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. ... And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
Isaiah 66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.
Psalms 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Amos 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
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Dt 5:29; 32:29. Ps 36:8; 81:13; 119:165. Is 32:15; 66:12. Am 5:24. Mt 23:37. Lk 19:41. Ro 14:17.

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