Isaiah 26:16

16 LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.a

Read Isaiah 26:16 Using Other Translations

LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
O LORD, in distress they sought you; they poured out a whispered prayer when your discipline was upon them.
LORD, in distress we searched for you. We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.

What does Isaiah 26:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 26:16

Lord, in trouble have they visited thee
This, and the two following verses ( Isaiah 26:17 Isaiah 26:18 ) , represent the troubles and disappointments of the church and people of God, before the destruction of antichrist; in which time of trouble they will visit the Lord, frequent the throne of grace, as saints in afflictions are wont to do; and sometimes this is the end to be answered by afflictions, ( Hosea 5:15 ) : they poured out a prayer;
or "muttering" F5; they will pray with a low voice, in an humble and submissive way, as persons in dejected circumstances; not a few words, but many, will they use; their petitions will be numerous; they will continue praying, and be constant at it, and out of the abundance of their hearts their mouth will speak; and they will pour out their souls and their complaints to the Lord, though privately, and with a low voice, and with groans unutterable: [when] thy chastening [was] upon them;
the afflicting hand of God, not as a punishment, but as a fatherly chastisement upon them; so all their persecutions from men are considered as permitted by the Lord for their instruction and correction; and these will not drive them from God, but bring them to him to seek him by prayer and supplication.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (vxl) "mussitationem", Montanus; "submissam orationem", Junius & Tremellius.
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