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Isaiah 55:4-5

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55:4 Look, I made him a witness to nations, 1 

a ruler and commander of nations.”

55:5 Look, you will summon nations 2  you did not previously know;

nations 3  that did not previously know you will run to you,

because of the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, 4 

for he bestows honor on you.

Isaiah 55:13

Context

55:13 Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes,

firs will grow in place of nettles;

they will be a monument to the Lord, 5 

a permanent reminder that will remain. 6 

1 sn Ideally the Davidic king was to testify to the nations of God’s greatness (cf. Pss 18:50 HT [18:49 ET]; 22:28 HT [22:27 ET]). See J. H. Eaton, Kingship in the Psalms (SBT), 182-84.

2 tn Heb “a nation,” but the singular is collective here, as the plural verbs in the next line indicate (note that both “know” and “run” are third plural forms).

3 tn Heb “a nation,” but the singular is collective here, as the plural verbs that follow indicate.

4 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.

5 tn Heb “to the Lord for a name.” For שֵׁם (shem) used in the sense of “monument,” see also 56:5, where it stands parallel to יָד (yad).

6 tn Or, more literally, “a permanent sign that will not be cut off.”



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