Isaiah 43:26

26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.

Isaiah 43:26 in Other Translations

26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
26 Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
26 Let us review the situation together, and you can present your case to prove your innocence.
26 "So, make your case against me. Let's have this out. Make your arguments. Prove you're in the right.
26 Take Me to court; let us argue our case together. State your [case], so that you may be vindicated.

Isaiah 43:26 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 43:26

Put me in remembrance
Of this gracious promise of free remission of sins, and of all others of the same kind; not that God ever forgets any of his promises, but he may sometimes seem to do so; wherefore he would have his people put him in mind of them, that he may by his good Spirit make a comfortable application of them to him: "let us plead together"; or come together in judgment, as God and the sinner may upon the foot of remission of sin, through the blood, sacrifice, and satisfaction of Christ; which may be pleaded, and will be allowed, in the court of justice: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified; declare the promise before made; declare the grace that is expressed in it; plead the blood and righteousness of my Son, that thou mayest be justified by it, on which account remission of sin is: or it may be rather, these words are directed to another set of men among the Jews, who rejected the doctrine of forgiveness of sin by the grace of God, through the blood of Christ; such as were the Scribes and Pharisees in Christ's time, those self-justiciaries, who sought to be justified by the works of the law; setting at nought the grace of God and righteousness of Christ: now these the Lord calls upon in a way of derision, to put him in mind of any of their good actions they had done, and he had forgotten, for the sake of which they expected pardon, and not for his name's sake; and to come into open court and plead their own righteousness, and see whether they could carry their cause upon the foot of their own merits; and declare publicly what these merits and good works were, that they might be justified by them, if they were sufficient for such a purpose; but alas! these would not bear examination at the bar of strict justice, and would be far from justifying them in, the sight of God; and as their own works would be insufficient, it would be a vain thing to have recourse to the works and merits of their forefathers; for it follows,

Isaiah 43:26 In-Context

24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father sinned; those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple; I consigned Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Isaiah 1:18
  • 2. S Isaiah 41:1; Isaiah 49:25; Isaiah 50:8
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