Isaiah 38:20

20 The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.

Isaiah 38:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
ESV
20 The LORD will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the LORD.
NLT
20 Think of it—the LORD is ready to heal me! I will sing his praises with instruments every day of my life in the Temple of the LORD .
MSG
20 God saves and will save me. As fiddles and mandolins strike up the tunes, We'll sing, oh we'll sing, sing, for the rest of our lives in the Sanctuary of God.
CSB
20 The Lord will save me; we will play stringed instruments all the days of our lives at the house of the Lord.

Isaiah 38:20 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 38:20

The Lord was ready to save me
Or, "the Lord to save me {y}"; he was at hand to save him; he was both able and willing to save him; he was a present help in time of need; he arose for his help, and that right early; he very quickly delivered him out of his distress; he, who one day expected death every moment, was the next day in the temple praising God: therefore will we sing my songs;
which were made by him, or concerning him, or which he ordered to be sung, as he did the Psalms of David, ( 2 Chronicles 29:30 ) : to the stringed instruments:
which were touched with the fingers, or struck with a quill or bow; which distinguishes them from wind instruments, which were blown with the mouth; each of these were used in the temple service: all the days of our life;
he had before said "we will sing", meaning his family and his friends with him, his courtiers, princes, and nobles, or he and the singers of Israel; and this he determined to do as long as he and they lived; signifying, that the mercy granted would never be forgotten by him, as well as there would be new mercies every day, which would call for praise and thankfulness: and this he proposed to do in the house of the Lord;
in the temple; not only privately, but publicly; not in his closet and family only, but in the congregation of the people; that the goodness of God to him might be more known, and the praise and glory given him be the greater.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (yneyvwhl hwhy) "Dominus ad servandum me", Montanus; "Jehova est ad salvandum me", Cocceius, Vitringa.

Isaiah 38:20 In-Context

18 For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.
19 The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.
21 Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”
22 Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?”

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 68:25
  • 2. S Psalms 33:2; S Psalms 45:8
  • 3. Psalms 23:6; S Psalms 63:4; Psalms 116:2
  • 4. Psalms 116:17-19