Isaiah 44:1

Israel the Chosen

1 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.

Isaiah 44:1 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
English Standard Version (ESV)
1 "But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen!
New Living Translation (NLT)
1 “But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.
The Message Bible (MSG)
1 "But for now, dear servant Jacob, listen - yes, you, Israel, my personal choice.
American Standard Version (ASV)
1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel, who I have chosen:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
1 But now listen, my servant Jacob, Israel, whom I have chosen.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
1 "And now listen, Jacob My servant, Israel whom I have chosen.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 "Family of Jacob, listen to me. You are my servants. People of Israel, I have chosen you.

Isaiah 44:1 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 44:1

Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant
These words are directed to a remnant according to the election of grace among the Jews, about the time when their princes should be profaned, and the body of the people should be given to curse and reproaches; and who are distinguished from them by the title of the Lord's "servants": who, being called by grace, were made willing to serve him in righteousness and holiness, either by preaching his Gospel, and so had the title of the servants of the most high God, which show unto men the way of salvation; or by observing his commands and ordinances, and walking agreeably to his will, serving him acceptably with reverence and godly fear; as they are also, in the next clause, distinguished from the rest by their being "chosen" of God: and these, having ears to hear, are called upon to hearken to what the Lord had to say unto them; for, notwithstanding the sorrowful things delivered out in the latter part of the preceding chapter, threatening destruction to the nation of the Jews; yet he had some comfortable things to say to this remnant, and therefore would now have them hear them, and attend unto them for their use and comfort: and Israel whom I have chosen;
an Israel out of Israel; a seed the Lord had reserved for himself, whom he had chosen in Christ before the world was; to be holy and happy, to grace here and glory hereafter, to believe in him, and profess his name, and to serve him in their day and generation, either in a more public, or in a more private way; chosen vessels they were to bear his name, and show forth his praise. What they were to hear and hearken to is as follows,

Isaiah 44:1 In-Context

1 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 This is what the LORD says— he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 21; Jeremiah 30:10; Jeremiah 46:27-28
  • 2. S Genesis 16:11; S Isaiah 14:1
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