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Isaiah 63:19

19 We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been calleda by your name.

Read Isaiah 63:19 Using Other Translations

We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.
We have become like those over whom you have never ruled, like those who are not called by your name.
Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to you, as though we had never been known as your people.

What does Isaiah 63:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 63:19

We are thine
Thy children, thy people, thy subjects. Some read it, taking a word from the next clause, "we are thine of old", or "from everlasting" F8; as the Lord's special people are, being chosen by him in Christ before the foundation of the world, and taken into an everlasting covenant by him, when he became their God, and they his people; agreeably to which is the Targum,

``we are thy people that were of old;''
so Kimchi reads the words: "thou never barest rule over them"; the Heathens that oppressed them; they never acknowledged God as their King as they did, or were subject to him as they were; and therefore had no claim to protection from him as they had: they were not called by thy name;
they were not called the people of God, nor the children of God, nor the servants or subjects of God; or, "thy name is not called upon them" F9; or they called after it; nor did they call upon it, but served other gods. The Targum is,
``thou hast not given unto the people the doctrine of thy law, neither is thy name called upon by them.''


F8 (Mlwem wnyyh) "non fuimus [tui] ab omni aevo", Grotius; "a seculo", Pagninus, Montanus.
F9 (Mhyle Kmv arqn al) "nec invocatum est nomen tuum super eos", Pagninus, Montanus.
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