Isaiah 32:8

8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.

Isaiah 32:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 But those who are noble make noble plans, and stand for what is noble.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 But the noble deviseth noble things; and in noble things shall he continue.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 But honorable people act honorably and stand firm for what is honorable.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 But a noble person plans noble things; he stands up for noble causes.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 But the man who is noble makes noble plans. And by doing noble things he succeeds.

Isaiah 32:8 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 32:8

But the liberal man deviseth liberal things
The man of a princely spirit consults and contrives, and delivers out things worthy of a prince and governor in the church of God; he that is one of a free spirit, that is made free by the Spirit of God, and is led into the doctrines of free grace, will study to deliver out the same to others, and, as he has freely received, he will freely give, and without any sinister, selfish, and mercenary ends and views:

and by liberal things shall he stand;
or, "be established" F9; both by the doctrines of free grace he dispenses to others, to be established by and with which is a good thing; and by the free communications of the gifts and grace of the Spirit to him, to supply and furnish him yet more and more for his work; by the discoveries of the free favour of God unto him; by the enjoyment of his gracious presence in private and in public; by the blessings of a free and well ordered covenant; and, at last, by being brought to eternal glory and happiness, in which he will be settled to all eternity; or, "on liberal things shall he stand"; grace here, and glory hereafter. The Targum is,

``the righteous consult truth, and they upon truth shall stand.''


F9 (Mwqy) "stabilietur", Gataker.

Isaiah 32:8 In-Context

6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.
7 Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
9 You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 1 Chronicles 29:9; S Proverbs 11:25
  • 2. Isaiah 14:24
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