Isaiah 26:13

13 LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.

Isaiah 26:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
ESV
13 O LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance.
NLT
13 O LORD our God, others have ruled us, but you alone are the one we worship.
MSG
13 O God, our God, we've had other masters rule us, but you're the only Master we've ever known.
CSB
13 Lord, our God, other lords than You have ruled over us, but we remember Your name alone.

Isaiah 26:13 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 26:13

O Lord our God, [other] lords besides thee have had
dominion over us
Sin and Satan have the dominion over the Lord's people, in a state of unregeneracy; before the good work of grace is wrought in them, every lust is a lord, and is served and obeyed: and Satan is the god of this world by usurpation, and leads men captive at his will. Some think that the idols the Jews had served and worshipped, called "Baalim" or lords, are meant, and that this is a confession of their sin; but that word is not here used. The Targum interprets it of the Jewish governors ruling over them, without the Lord; rather the Assyrians and Babylonians are designed; but it is best of all to understand it of persecuting tyrants, of antichristian kings and states that have exercised a tyrannical power over the people of God: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy name;
that is, by thy strength, and through grace received from thee, we will be only subject to thee, our King and Lawgiver, and obey thy commands, serve and worship thee, knowing that it is right to obey God rather than man; or through the influence of thy grace, and by the assistance of thy Spirit, we will celebrate thy name, give thee thanks for our deliverance from the servitude, bondage, and oppression of other lords.

Isaiah 26:13 In-Context

11 LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.
12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13 LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
14 They are now dead, they live no more; their spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them.
15 You have enlarged the nation, LORD; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Isaiah 2:8; Isaiah 10:5,11
  • 2. S Isaiah 12:4
  • 3. Isaiah 42:8; Isaiah 63:7