Isaiah 41:8
New International Version
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,

New Living Translation
“But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend,

English Standard Version
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;

Berean Study Bible
But you, O Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham My friend—

New American Standard Bible
"But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,

King James Bible
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Christian Standard Bible
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, my friend--

Contemporary English Version
Israel, you are my servant. I chose you, the family of my friend Abraham.

Good News Translation
"But you, Israel my servant, you are the people that I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham, my friend.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, My friend--

International Standard Version
"But as for you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I've chosen, the offspring of my friend Abraham—

NET Bible
"You, my servant Israel, Jacob whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham my friend,

New Heart English Bible
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham my friend,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But you are my servant Israel, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the descendant of Abraham, my dear friend.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But thou, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The seed of Abraham My friend;

New American Standard 1977
“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, Israel, my slave, Jacob whom I have chosen, art the seed of Abraham my friend.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendant of Abraham my friend.

American King James Version
But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

American Standard Version
But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But thou, Israel, art my servant Jacob, and he whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraam, whom I have loved:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend:

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, my friend

English Revised Version
But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend;

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

World English Bible
"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,

Young's Literal Translation
-- And thou, O Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, Seed of Abraham, My lover,
Study Bible
God's Help to Israel
7The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who wields the hammer cheers him who strikes the anvil, saying of the welding, “It is good.” He nails it down so it will not be toppled. 8But you, O Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham My friend— 9I brought you from the ends of the earth and called you from its farthest corners. I said, “You are My servant.” I have chosen and not rejected you.…
Cross References
James 2:23
And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called a friend of God.

2 Chronicles 20:7
O our God, did You not drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend?

Psalm 136:22
a heritage to His servant Israel. His loving devotion endures forever.

Isaiah 14:1
For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and choose Israel once again. He will settle them on their own land. The foreigner will join them and be united with the house of Jacob.

Isaiah 29:22
Therefore, the LORD who redeemed Abraham says of the house of Jacob: "No longer will Jacob be ashamed and no more will his face grow pale.

Isaiah 42:1
Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen One, in whom My soul delights. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will bring justice to the nations.

Isaiah 42:19
Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like the messenger I am sending? Who is blind like My covenant partner, or blind like the servant of the LORD?

Isaiah 43:5
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west.

Isaiah 43:10
"You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me, no god was formed, and none will come after Me.

Isaiah 44:1
But now listen, O Jacob My servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.

Isaiah 44:2
This is the word of the LORD, your Maker, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob My servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

Isaiah 45:4
For the sake of Jacob My servant and Israel My chosen one, I call you by name; I have given you a title of honor, though you have not known Me.

Isaiah 51:2
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you. When I called him, he was but one; then I blessed him and multiplied him.

Isaiah 63:16
Yet You are our Father, though Abraham does not know us and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; our Redeemer from of old is Your name.

Malachi 1:2
"I have loved you," says the LORD. But you ask, "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet Jacob I have loved,

Treasury of Scripture

But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

thou

Isaiah 43:1
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Isaiah 44:1,2,21
Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: …

Isaiah 48:12
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

the seed

Matthew 3:9
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

John 8:33-44
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? …

Romans 4:12,13
And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised…

my friend

2 Chronicles 20:7
Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

John 15:14,15
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you…

James 2:23
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.







Lexicon
But you,
וְאַתָּה֙ (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

O Israel,
יִשְׂרָאֵ֣ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

My servant,
עַבְדִּ֔י (‘aḇ·dî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

Jacob,
יַעֲקֹ֖ב (ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3290: Jacob -- a son of Isaac, also his desc

whom
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I have chosen,
בְּחַרְתִּ֑יךָ (bə·ḥar·tî·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

descendant
זֶ֖רַע (ze·ra‘)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

of Abraham
אַבְרָהָ֥ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation

My friend—
אֹהֲבִֽי׃ (’ō·hă·ḇî)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f
(8) But thou, Israel, art my servant . . .--The verse is important as the first introduction of the servant of the Lord who is so conspicuous throughout the rest of the book. The idea embodied in the term is that of a calling and election, manifested now in Israel according to the flesh, now in the true Israel of God, realising its ideal, now, as in the innermost of the three concentric circles, in a person who gathers up that ideal in all its intensity into himself. The three phrases find their parallel in St. Paul's language as to (1) the seed of Abraham according to the flesh; (2) the true seed who are heirs of the faith of Abraham; (3) the seed, which is none other than the Christ Himself (Romans 9:7; Galatians 3:7; Galatians 3:16). Here we have the national aspect, Israel as he is in the idea of God. So in the later language of Christian thought we have (1) the visible Church falling short of the ideal; (2) the spiritual Church approximating to the ideal; (3) Christ Himself, as identified with His people.

The seed of Abraham my friend.--The word for "friend" implies loving as well as being loved. Of all the names of Abraham, it has had the widest currency (comp. 2Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23). For the Arabs of the present time Abraham is still Khalil Allah--the friend of God, or simply, el Khalil, the friend.

Verses 8-20. - A PROMISE TO ISRAEL OF GOD'S PROTECTION AND SUPPORT THROUGH THE TROUBLOUS PERIOD THAT IS APPROACHING. Israel is assured

(1) of God's faithfulness (vers. 8, 9);

(2) of special divinely infused strength (ver. 10);

(3) of the infusion of weakness into their enemies (vers. 11, 12);

(4) of external Divine aid (vers. 13, 14);

(5) of an aggressive vigour that shall enable them to scatter their foes (vers. 15, 16); and

(6) of spiritual refreshment even amidst their worst sufferings (vers. 17-19). The eye of the prophet travels perhaps, in part, beyond the period of the Captivity; but he is mainly bent on giving the people grounds of comfort and trust during that trying time. Verse 8. - Israel... my servant (comp. Isaiah 44:1, 2, 21; Isaiah 45:4; Isaiah 48:20; Isaiah 49:3-6, etc.). The title characterizes these later chapters, and, while standing no doubt in some special relation to the "Servant of Jehovah" who is the subject of Isaiah 42:1-5; Isaiah 49:5-7, etc., is perhaps mainly selected, and dwelt on, to console Israel in captivity, when servants of the King of Babylon (2 Chronicles 36:20), by the thought that their true Master was God himself, and that to him, and him only, did they really belong. Jacob whom I have chosen (comp. Isaiah 44:1). (On this "choice," and the love which it implied, see Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Deuteronomy 10:15) Abraham my friend; or, Abraham that loved me. It was the special privilege of Abraham to be known as God's friend (see 2 Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23) among the Hebrews, even as he is among the Arabs to this day. The "friendship" intended comprised, no doubt, both an active and a passive element, but it is the active element which the word principally enforces. Abraham loved God, and showed his love by his obedience. 41:1-9 Can any heathen god raise up one in righteousness, make what use of him he pleases, and make him victorious over the nations? The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. Sinners encourage one another in the ways of sin; shall not the servants of the living God stir up one another in his service? God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. This is certainly the highest title ever given to a mortal. It means that Abraham, by Divine grace, was made like to God, and that he was admitted to communion with Him. Happy are the servants of the Lord, whom he has called to be his friends, and to walk with him in faith and holy obedience. Let not such as have thus been favoured yield to fear; for the contest may be sharp, but the victory shall be sure.
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