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Isaiah 54:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not: lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them extend the curtains of thy habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Enlarge the space of thy tent, And, the curtains of thy habitations, let them spread forth, do not spare,—Lengthen thy cords, And, thy tent-pins, make thou fast;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, And the curtains of thy tabernacles they stretch out, Restrain not—lengthen thy cords, And thy pins make strong.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and stretch out the skins of thy tabernacles, spare not: lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtaines of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Enlarge the placed of thy tent, and of thy curtains: fix [the pins], spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy pins;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Enlarge 7337
{7337} Prime
רָחַב
rachab
{raw-khab'}
A primitive root; to broaden (intransitively or transitively, literally or figuratively).
z8685
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
the place 4725
{4725} Prime
מָקוֹם
maqowm
{maw-kome'}
From H6965; properly a standing, that is, a spot; but used widely of a locality (generally or specifically); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind).
of thy tent, 168
{0168} Prime
אֹהֶל
'ohel
{o'-hel}
From H0166; a tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance).
and let them stretch forth 5186
{5186} Prime
נָטָה
natah
{naw-taw'}
A primitive root; to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of applications.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
the curtains 3407
{3407} Prime
יְרִיעָה
y@riy`ah
{yer-ee-aw'}
From H3415; a hanging (as tremulous).
of thine habitations: 4908
{4908} Prime
מִשְׁכָּן
mishkan
{mish-kawn'}
From H7931; a residence (including a shepherd's hut, the lair of animals, figuratively the grave; also the Temple); specifically the Tabernacle (properly its wooden walls).
spare 2820
{2820} Prime
חָשַׂךְ
chasak
{khaw-sak'}
A prim root; to restrain or (reflexively) refrain; by implication to refuse, spare, preserve; also (by interchange with H2821) to observe.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not, x408
(0408) Complement
אַל
'al
{al}
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
lengthen 748
{0748} Prime
אָרַךְ
'arak
{aw-rak'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) long (literally or figuratively).
z8685
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
thy cords, 4340
{4340} Prime
מֵיתָר
meythar
{may-thar'}
From H3498; a cord (of a tent), (compare H3499) or the string (of a bow).
and strengthen 2388
{2388} Prime
חָזַק
chazaq
{khaw-zak'}
A primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer.
z8761
<8761> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 446
thy stakes; 3489
{3489} Prime
יָתֵד
yathed
{yaw-thade'}
From an unused root meaning to pin through or fast; a peg.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 54:2

_ _ (Isaiah 49:19, Isaiah 49:20; Jeremiah 31:31-36, Jeremiah 31:38, Jeremiah 31:39). Thy children shall be so many that thy borders must be extended to contain them.

_ _ curtains — the cloth forming the covering of the tent.

_ _ spare not — give abundantly the means for the enlargement of the Church (2 Corinthians 9:5-7).

_ _ cords ... stakes — The more the tent is enlarged by lengthening the cords by which the cloth covering is fastened to the ground, the more the stakes supporting the tent need to be strengthened; the Church is not merely to seek new converts, but to strengthen those she has in the faith. The image is appropriate, as the tabernacle was the symbol of the old Israelitish Church (see on Isaiah 33:20).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 54:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 54:2

Enlarge — That it may be capable of the Gentiles, who shall flock to thee in great numbers. Strengthen — That they may be able to support that great weight which the tents thus enlarged, shall be upon them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 54:2

(c) Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them extend the curtains of thy habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

(c) Signifying that for the great number of children that God would give her, she would seem to lack room to lodge them.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle [that] shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isaiah 49:19-20 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. ... The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place [is] too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they [are] not: [there is] none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
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Is 33:20; 49:19. Jr 10:20.

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