you 2 find so desirable;
you will be embarrassed because of the sacred orchards 3
where you choose to worship.
44:9 All who form idols are nothing;
the things in which they delight are worthless.
Their witnesses cannot see;
they recognize nothing, so they are put to shame.
like a root out of parched soil; 5
he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention, 6
no special appearance that we should want to follow him. 7
1 tc The Hebrew text (and the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa) has the third person here, though a few Hebrew
3 tn Or “gardens” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); NAB “groves.”
4 tn Heb “before him.” Some suggest an emendation to “before us.” If the third singular suffix of the Hebrew text is retained, it probably refers to the Lord (see v. 1b). For a defense of this reading, see R. Whybray, Isaiah 40-66 (NCBC), 173-74.
5 sn The metaphor in this verse suggests insignificance.
6 tn Heb “that we might see him.” The vav conjunctive prefixed to the imperfect introduces a result clause here. See GKC 504-5 §166.a.
7 tn Heb “that we should desire him.” The vav conjunctive prefixed to the imperfect introduces a result clause here. See GKC 504-5 §166.a.