Isaiah 9:13

13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.

Isaiah 9:13 in Other Translations

13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
13 The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the LORD of hosts.
13 For after all this punishment, the people will still not repent. They will not seek the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
13 But the people paid no mind to him who hit them, didn't seek God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
13 The people did not turn to Him who struck them; they did not seek the Lord of Hosts.

Isaiah 9:13 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 9:13

For the people turneth not to him that smiteth them
Who was the Lord of hosts, as it is explained in the next clause; it was he that had smote the people with the rod of correction and chastisement, by various afflictions and distresses which he had brought upon them; in order to bring them to a sense of their sin and duty, to reclaim and recover them from their backslidings; but they had not such an effect upon them; they returned not to him by repentance and reformation, from whom they had turned themselves by their evil ways; nor to his worship, as the Targum interprets it, to his word and ordinances; for afflictions; unless sanctified, are of no use to restore backsliders. This is to be understood of the people of Israel, the ten tribes, whom the prophet calls "the people", not my people, nor the people of the Lord, because unworthy of that character. The Septuagint render the words, "the people returned not until they were smitten", and so the Syriac version intimating, as if they did return when smitten; but the following words, and the whole context, show the contrary: neither do they seek the Lord of hosts;
by prayer and supplication, for pardoning grace and mercy through Christ the Mediator; nor in his word and ordinances, for his presence and communion with him, or instruction or doctrine from him, as the Targum; to be taught true doctrine, and their duty to God and man; this is one part of the character of an unregenerate man, ( Romans 3:11 ) .

Isaiah 9:13 In-Context

11 But the LORD has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them and has spurred their enemies on.
12 Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west have devoured Israel with open mouth. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.
13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.
14 So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;
15 the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S 2 Chronicles 28:22; Amos 4:9; Zephaniah 3:7; Haggai 2:17
  • 2. Jeremiah 5:3; Ezekiel 7:9
  • 3. Isaiah 2:3; Isaiah 17:7; Isaiah 31:1; Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 50:4; Daniel 9:13; Hosea 3:5; Hosea 7:7,10; Amos 4:6,10; Zephaniah 1:6
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