Isaiah 49:17

17 Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.

Read Isaiah 49:17 Using Other Translations

Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
Your builders make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste go out from you.
Soon your descendants will come back, and all who are trying to destroy you will go away.

What does Isaiah 49:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 49:17

Thy children shall make haste
Regenerate persons, young converts, such as are born again of incorruptible seed by the word; these shall flock to the church, as doves to the windows;
join themselves to her, and submit to Gospel ordinances, and make haste, and delay not, to keep the Lord's commandments;
which is no small pleasure, joy, and comfort to the church of God. Some render it, "thy builders" F13 "shall make haste"; Gospel ministers, who are wise masterbuilders under Christ; these shall come with all readiness and cheerfulness, and build in the temple, the church of God, and rebuild her walls, and repair her breaches: thy destroyers and they that made thee waste, shall go forth of thee;
tyrants and persecutors of the church shall cease, and be no more; and false teachers, that corrupt the minds of men, subvert their faith, and destroy their souls, as antichrist and his ministers, shall be drove out of the church, and destroyed by Christ, the Head of it; see ( Revelation 11:18 ) ( 1 John 2:19 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (Kynb) "structores vel aedificatores tui", Munster, Montanus, Calvin, Tigurine version.
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