Isaiah 64:8

8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Read Isaiah 64:8 Using Other Translations

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

What does Isaiah 64:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 64:8

But now, O Lord, thou art our father
Notwithstanding all that we have done against thee, and thou hast done to us, the relation of a father continues; thou art our Father by creation and adoption; as he was in a particular manner to the Jews, to whom belonged the adoption; and therefore this relation is pleaded, that mercy might be shown them; and so the Targum,

``and thou, Lord, thy mercies towards us "are" many (or let them be many) as a father towards "his" children.''
We are the clay, and thou our potter:
respecting their original formation out of the dust of the earth; and so expressing humility in themselves, and yet ascribing greatness to God, who had curiously formed them, as the potter out of the clay forms vessels for various uses: it may respect their formation as a body politic and ecclesiastic, which arose from small beginnings, under the power and providence of God; see ( Deuteronomy 32:6 ) : and we all are the work of thy hand;
and therefore regard us, and destroy us not; as men do not usually destroy their own works: these relations to God, and circumstances in which they were as creatures, and as a body civil and ecclesiastic, are used as arguments for mercy and favour.
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