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Isaiah 49:18

18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.

Read Isaiah 49:18 Using Other Translations

Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
Lift up your eyes around and see; they all gather, they come to you. As I live, declares the LORD, you shall put them all on as an ornament; you shall bind them on as a bride does.
Look around you and see, for all your children will come back to you. As surely as I live,” says the LORD, “they will be like jewels or bridal ornaments for you to display.

What does Isaiah 49:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 49:18

Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold
Look east, west, north, and south, and behold the flocking converts from all parts; see on ( Isaiah 49:12 ) . The words are spoken to the church, and for her comfort; and so the Targum,

``lift up thine eyes round about, O Jerusalem, and see all the children of the people of thy captivity:''
all these gather themselves together, and come to thee;
though of different nations, and come from different quarters, yet coalesce together, make one body, and join themselves with the church, in which they centre, and are incorporated: as I live, saith the Lord;
this is the form of an oath, sometimes used by the Lord, to denote the importance and certainty of a thing, and to assure his people of it: thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all as with an ornament; as
children's children are the crown of old men,
( Proverbs 17:6 ) , so young converts are the crown, glory, and ornament of the church; even such who are beautified with the graces of the Spirit, and whose conversations are as become the Gospel of Christ: and bind them on thee as a bride doeth;
her clothes, the attire of her head, and her jewels. So in the latter day, when the Jews are converted, and the fulness of the Gentiles brought in, the marriage of the Lamb will be come, and the church made ready, as a bride, for her husband, and be very beautiful and comely in his sight, as well as very comfortable and glorious in herself; and which will be matter of joy to all the saints, ( Revelation 19:7 Revelation 19:8 ) . The Targum is,
``all these shall be unto thee as a garment of glory, and their works in the midst of thee as the ornament of a bride.''
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