Isaiah 42:9

9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

Isaiah 42:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
ESV
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them."
NLT
9 Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens.”
MSG
9 Take note: The earlier predictions of judgment have been fulfilled. I'm announcing the new salvation work. Before it bursts on the scene, I'm telling you all about it."
CSB
9 The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur."

Isaiah 42:9 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 42:9

Behold, the former things are come to pass
Which the Lord had foretold in former times, as to Abraham, concerning the affliction of his posterity in Egypt, the bringing them out from thence, and settling them in the land of Canaan; and other things by Moses and Joshua, and other prophets; and by Isaiah; and particularly the captivity of the ten tribes, which was now come to pass in the times of Hezekiah: and new things do I declare;
as the captivity of Judah and Benjamin, and their restoration by Cyrus; and more especially the mission and incarnation of Christ, his sufferings and death, and redemption and salvation by him; which were not only things to come, but new things, famous and excellent ones: before they spring up I tell you of them
or "before they bud forth" {r}; while the seeds of them were under ground, sown in the purposes and decrees of God, he spoke of them in prophecy; and now former prophecies being fulfilled, and new ones delivered out, concerning things of which there was no appearance, and yet there was the greatest reason to believe their accomplishment, from the fulfilment of the former; this must be a strong proof and confirmation of the Lord being the true God, and the only one.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (hnxmut Mrjb) "antequam pullulent", Montanus, Cocceius; "germinent", Vatablus; "antequam propullulent vel efflorescant", Vitringa.

Isaiah 42:9 In-Context

7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
8 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
10 Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Isaiah 41:22
  • 2. S Isaiah 40:21; Ezekiel 2:4