Isaiah 9:13

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

Read Isaiah 9:13 Using Other Translations

For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the LORD of hosts.
For after all this punishment, the people will still not repent. They will not seek the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

What does Isaiah 9:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .

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