Isaiah 42:8-9

8 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

Isaiah 42:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
ESV
8 I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.
NLT
8 “I am the LORD ; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.
MSG
8 I am God. That's my name. I don't franchise my glory, don't endorse the no-god idols.
CSB
8 I am Yahweh, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, or My praise to idols.

Isaiah 42:8-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 42

This chapter begins with a prophecy concerning the Messiah, under the character of the servant of the Lord, and his elect, whom he supported, and was well pleased with; whose work is pointed at, and for which he was well qualified with the Spirit without measure, Isa 42:1 and is described by his humility and meekness, Isa 42:2, by his tenderness to weak and ignorant persons, Isa 42:3 and by his courage and resolution, Isa 42:4 then follow his call to his work, and the several parts of it, introduced with setting forth the greatness of God that called him, as the Creator of the heavens and of the earth, and of men upon it, Isa 42:5-7, whose name is Jehovah, and whose glory is incommunicable to a creature, and whose knowledge reaches to future things, which are predicted by him, Isa 42:8,9, and then Gentiles are called upon to praise the Lord, and give glory to him, partly for the above promises concerning the Messiah, Isa 42:10-12, and partly for the destruction of his enemies, Isa 42:13-15, and also for his gracious regard to such who had been blind and ignorant, Isa 42:16, the confusion of idolaters is prophesied of, and an exhortation is given them to make use of the means of light and knowledge, Isa 42:17,18, and the blindness, ignorance, and stupidity of the Jews, are exposed, though there was a remnant among them with whom the Lord was well pleased, for the sake of the righteousness of his Son, Isa 42:19-21, but as for the body of the people, they were to be given up to the spoilers and robbers for their sins and disobedience, and be the butt of the divine wrath and vengeance, Isa 42:22-24.

Isaiah 42:8-9 In-Context

6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
8 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
10 Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Psalms 81:10; Isa 43:3,11,15; Isaiah 46:9; Isaiah 49:23
  • 2. S Exodus 3:15; S Exodus 6:3
  • 3. Isaiah 48:11
  • 4. S Exodus 8:10; S Exodus 20:4
  • 5. S Isaiah 41:22
  • 6. S Isaiah 40:21; Ezekiel 2:4
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