Isaiah 1:2

A Rebellious Nation

2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.

Isaiah 1:2 in Other Translations

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the LORD has spoken: "Childrenhave I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.
2 Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth! This is what the LORD says: “The children I raised and cared for have rebelled against me.
2 Heaven and earth, you're the jury. Listen to God's case: "I had children and raised them well, and they turned on me.
2 Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth, for the Lord has spoken: "I have raised children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me.

Isaiah 1:2 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 1:2

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth
To what the Lord was about to say of his controversy with his people, which was to be managed openly and publicly before them as spectators and witnesses; this designs either strictly and properly the heavens and the earth, or figuratively the inhabitants of them, angels and men. The address is solemn, and denotes something of moment and importance to be done and attended to: see ( Deuteronomy 32:1 ) . The Targum is,

``hear, O ye heavens, that were moved when I gave my law to my people; and hearken, O earth, that trembleth before my word.''
For the Lord hath spoken:
not only by Moses, and the prophets that were before Isaiah, but he had spoken to him the words he was now about to deliver; for they were not his own words, but the Lord's: he spoke by the inspiration of God, and as moved by the Holy Ghost; and therefore what he said was to be received, not as the word of man, but as the word of God: I have nourished and brought up children;
meaning the Jews;
``my people, the house of Israel, whom I have called children,''
as the Targum paraphrases it; see ( Exodus 4:22 ) to these, as a nation, belonged the adoption; they were reckoned the children of God; the Lord took notice and care of them in their infant state, brought them out of Egypt, led them through the wilderness, and fed them in it; brought them into Canaan's land, drove out the nations before them, and settled them there; gave them his laws and ordinances, distinguished them from all other nations by his favours, and raised them to a high estate, to much greatness and prosperity, especially in the days of David and Solomon. The words may be rendered, "I have magnified", or "made great, and have exalted children" F19; not only brought them up, but brought them to great honour and dignity; and even unto man's estate, unto the time appointed of the Father, when they should have been under tutors and governors no longer, but under the King Messiah; but they were rebellious, as follows: and they have rebelled against me,
their Lord and King; for the Jews were under a theocracy; God, who was their Father, was their King, and they rebelled against him by breaking his laws, which rebellion is aggravated by its being not only of subjects against their king, but of children against their father; the law concerning a rebellious son, see in ( Deuteronomy 21:18 ) . The Targum paraphrases it, "they have rebelled against my Word"; the essential Word, the Messiah; the Septuagint version is, "but they have rejected me" F20; and the Vulgate Latin version F21, "but they have despised me": so the Jews rejected and despised the true Messiah when he came, would not have him to reign over them, would not receive his yoke, though easy, but rebelled against him. The Jews were a rebellious people from the beginning, in Moses's time, and in the prophets, and so quite down to the times of the Messiah.

F19 (ytldg) "magnificavi", Montanus, Vatablus; (ytmmwrw) "exaltavi", Munster; "extuli", Jun. & Tremel. (uqwsa) , Sept.
F20 (me hyeghsan) .
F21 "Spreverunt me".

Isaiah 1:2 In-Context

1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
4 Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
5 Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 4:26
  • 2. Judges 11:10; Jeremiah 42:5; Micah 1:2
  • 3. Isaiah 23:4; Isaiah 63:16
  • 4. ver 4,23; Isaiah 24:5,20; Isaiah 30:1,9; Isaiah 46:8; Isaiah 48:8; Isaiah 57:4; Isaiah 65:2; Isaiah 66:24; Ezekiel 24:3; Haggai 1:12; Malachi 1:6; Malachi 3:5