Isaiah 49:14

14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”

Isaiah 49:14 in Other Translations

14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me."
14 Yet Jerusalem says, “The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.”
14 But Zion said, "I don't get it. God has left me. My Master has forgotten I even exist."
14 Zion says, "The Lord has abandoned me; The Lord has forgotten me!"

Isaiah 49:14 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 49:14

But Zion said
By way of objection, as some think, to the above prophecies of glorious and comfortable times; she being now in a very disconsolate condition, and could not tell how to take it in, how it should thus be, when the case was with her as it was; though I rather think the words should be rendered, "for Zion had said"; and which is mentioned to show the uncomfortable condition she had been in, and to observe the method the Lord took to comfort her, as he before promises. Reference may be had to the Jews in the times of the Babylonish captivity, mentioned under the name of Zion; because, as Kimchi says, that was the chief city of the kingdom of Israel; who, because of the length of their captivity, might think themselves forsaken and forgotten by the Lord: yet, by Zion is meant the church under the Gospel dispensation, the saints that meet at Mount Zion, the hundred and forty and four thousand, with the Lamb there, ( Hebrews 12:22 ) ( Revelation 14:1 ) : the Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me:
so the church might be tempted to conclude, during the persecutions under Rome Pagan, and the long reign of antichrist not yet at an end, and because of his oppressions and cruelties; and because of the low and declining state of the interest of Christ, as it now is; few being converted by the ministry of the word; great opposition made to the truths of the Gospel with success; the ordinances of it perverted or neglected; the presence of God in them very little enjoyed; great indifference and lukewarmness among professors of religion, and discord and dissensions in churches. And so it is with particular believers, when they do not enjoy the presence of God as formerly, either in private or in public ordinances; have not had a promise for a long time; nor are favoured with the discoveries of the love of God, or with any visit from him; then they are apt to say they are forsaken by the Lord, though they cannot give up their interest in him, and therefore call him "my Lord".

Isaiah 49:14 In-Context

12 See, they will come from afar— some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan. ”
13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 40:9
  • 2. S Psalms 9:10; S Psalms 71:11; S Isaiah 27:8
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