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.

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Isaiah 64:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 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.
ESV
8 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.
NLT
8 And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.
MSG
8 Still, God, you are our Father. We're the clay and you're our potter: All of us are what you made us.
CSB
8 Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands.

Isaiah 64:8 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Isaiah 64:8 In-Context

6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.
8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.
10 Your sacred cities have become a wasteland; even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Exodus 4:22; S Jeremiah 3:4; Isaiah 63:16
  • 2. S Isaiah 29:16; Romans 9:20-21
  • 3. S Job 10:3; S Isaiah 19:25
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