Isaiah 44:4

4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

Isaiah 44:4 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.
New Living Translation (NLT)
4 They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
The Message Bible (MSG)
4 They shall sprout like grass on the prairie, like willows alongside creeks.
American Standard Version (ASV)
4 and they shall spring up among the grass, as willows by the watercourses.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
4 They will spring up with the grass as poplars spring up by streams.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
4 They will sprout among the grass like poplars by the streambeds.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow. They will grow like poplar trees near flowing streams.

Isaiah 44:4 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 44:4

And they shall spring up as among the grass
That is, such on whom the Spirit of the Lord shall be poured with his gifts and grace, and with the blessings of it: by the "grass" may be meant common believers, comparable to green grass, for their numbers, being many; for their weakness in themselves; for their flourishing condition; like grass for its greenness, and verdure, and its springing up by clear shining after rain; see ( Psalms 72:6 Psalms 72:16 ) and by those that "spring up among them" are intended the apostles and ministers of the word, who exceed common Christians in their gifts, and grace, and usefulness; grow up higher and taller than they, like palm trees and cedars in Lebanon; and as such exceed private saints as tall trees exceed the grass they grow among: as willows by the water courses;
a sort of trees well known, and which delight in watery places, and grow best on banks of rivers, and shoot up apace in a very short time, and spread their branches; so the apostles, after the effusion of the Spirit on them, grew quickly in gifts, and grace, and evangelic knowledge; and their usefulness spread far and near. The Targum is,

``the righteous shall grow tender and delicate as the flowers of the grass, as a tree that sends forth its roots by flows of water.''

Isaiah 44:4 In-Context

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.
6 “This is what the LORD says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 5:25; S Psalms 72:16
  • 2. S Leviticus 23:40
  • 3. S Job 40:22
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