Isaiah 49:3

3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”

Isaiah 49:3 in Other Translations

3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
3 And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified."
3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory.”
3 He said to me, "You're my dear servant, Israel, through whom I'll shine."
3 He said to me, "You are My servant, Israel; I will be glorified in him."

Isaiah 49:3 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 49:3

And said unto me
Both in the everlasting council, and when he made a covenant with him in eternity; when he found him and anointed him, and laid help on him; and also when he brought him, his first begotten, into the world, at his incarnation: thou art my servant;
of his choosing, appointing, calling, sending, bringing forth, and supporting; so he was as Mediator, especially in his estate of humiliation, when he appeared in the form of a servant, and came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and give his life a ransom for many; thereby to obtain redemption, which was the great work and service he was appointed to; which he readily undertook, and willingly and cheerfully engaged in, and diligently and faithfully performed; to whom justly belong the characters of an obedient, diligent, prudent, and faithful servant; in answering which he showed his regard to his Father's will, his love to his people, and his great humility and condescension: O Israel;
a name of Christ, and which properly belongs to him, being the antitype of Jacob or Israel; the Head and representative of the whole Israel of God; who was of Israel according to the flesh, and an Israelite indeed in a spiritual sense, and was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Israel is a name of the church, often given to it in this prophecy; Christ and his church, by virtue of the union between them, have the same names; as she is sometimes called by his names, Christ, and the Lord our righteousness, so he is here called by her name Israel, ( 1 Corinthians 12:12 ) ( Jeremiah 23:6 ) ( 33:16 ) : in whom I will be glorified;
this is Jehovah's end in all he does in nature or grace; and is what Christ had in view in working out our salvation; and all the divine perfections are glorified in it by him, the wisdom, power, faithfulness, holiness, justice, love, grace, and mercy of God. Some render the words actively, "in thee" or "in whom I will glory" F20; as his own Son, in whom he is well pleased, being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person; and in whom also all the seed of Israel glory, as well as are justified. Or, as others, Israel is he, of "whom by thee I will glory", or "glorify" F21; meaning, that it was the spiritual and mystical Israel, the church, whom he would save by his Son and servant, the Messiah, and bring to glory.


F20 (rapta Kb rva) "in quo gloriabor", Munster, Tigurine version, De Dieu; "quia in te gloriabor", V. L.
F21 "Israel est is de quo, per te gloriaturus sum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "vel glorificaturus", Gal.

Isaiah 49:3 In-Context

1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
5 And now the LORD says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORDand my God has been my strength—

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Isaiah 20:3; Zechariah 3:8
  • 2. S Leviticus 10:3; S Isaiah 44:23
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