Isaiah 49:1
New International Version
Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.

New Living Translation
Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The LORD called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name.

English Standard Version
Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.

Berean Study Bible
Listen to me, O islands, and pay attention, O distant peoples: The LORD called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He named me.

New American Standard Bible
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

King James Bible
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

Christian Standard Bible
Coasts and islands, listen to me; distant peoples, pay attention. The LORD called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother's womb.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone, listen, even you foreign nations across the sea. The LORD chose me and gave me a name before I was born.

Good News Translation
Listen to me, distant nations, you people who live far away! Before I was born, the LORD chose me and appointed me to be his servant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Coastlands, listen to me; distant peoples, pay attention. The LORD called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother's womb.

International Standard Version
"Listen to me, you coastlands! Pay attention, you people from far away! The LORD called me from the womb; while I was still in my mother's body, he pronounced my name.

NET Bible
Listen to me, you coastlands! Pay attention, you people who live far away! The LORD summoned me from birth; he commissioned me when my mother brought me into the world.

New Heart English Bible
Listen, islands, to me; and listen, you peoples, from far: the LORD has called me from the womb; from the body of my mother has he made mention of my name:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen to me, you islands. Pay attention, you people far away. Before I was born, the LORD chose me. While I was in my mother's womb, he recorded my name.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Listen, O isles, unto me, And hearken, ye peoples, from far: The LORD hath called me from the womb, From the bowels of my mother hath He made mention of my name;

New American Standard 1977
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Listen, O isles, unto me, and hearken, ye peoples, from far, The LORD has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother he has remembered my name.

King James 2000 Bible
Listen, O coastlands, unto me; and hearken, you people, from afar; The LORD has called me from the womb; from the body of my mother has he made mention of my name.

American King James Version
Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from far; The LORD has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name.

American Standard Version
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples, from far: Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hearken to me, ye islands; and attend, ye Gentiles; after a long time it shall come to pass, saith the Lord: from my mother's womb he has called my name:

Douay-Rheims Bible
GIVE ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name.

Darby Bible Translation
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples from afar. Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

English Revised Version
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples, from far: the LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name:

Webster's Bible Translation
Listen to me, O Isles; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

World English Bible
Listen, islands, to me; and listen, you peoples, from far: Yahweh has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name:

Young's Literal Translation
Hearken, O isles, unto me, And attend, O peoples, from afar, Jehovah from the womb hath called me, From the bowels of my mother He hath made mention of my name.
Study Bible
You are My Servant
1Listen to me, O islands, and pay attention, O distant peoples: The LORD called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He named me. 2He made my mouth like a sharp sword; He hid me in the shadow of His hand. He made me like a polished arrow; He hid me in His quiver.…
Cross References
Galatians 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by His grace, was pleased

Psalm 22:10
From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother's womb You have been my God.

Isaiah 11:11
On that day the Lord will extend His hand a second time to recover the remnant of His people from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 24:15
Therefore glorify the LORD in the east. Extol the name of the LORD, the God of Israel in the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 33:13
You who are far off, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge My might."

Isaiah 42:4
He will not grow weak or discouraged until He has established justice on the earth. In His law the islands will put their hope."

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 44:24
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who by Myself spread out the earth,

Isaiah 45:3
I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hidden riches of secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.

Isaiah 46:3
Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been sustained from the womb, carried along since birth.

Isaiah 49:12
Behold, they will come from far away, from the north and from the west, and from the land of Aswan."

Isaiah 52:13
Behold, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted--

Isaiah 60:9
Surely the islands will wait for Me, with the ships of Tarshish in the lead, to bring your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for He has bestowed glory on you.

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart and appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Treasury of Scripture

Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from far; The LORD has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name.

listen

Isaiah 41:1
Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

Isaiah 42:1-4,12
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles…

Isaiah 45:22
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

and hearken

Isaiah 55:3
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Isaiah 57:19
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

Ephesians 2:17
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

the Lord

Isaiah 49:5
And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

Psalm 71:5,6
For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth…

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.







Lexicon
Listen
שִׁמְע֤וּ (šim·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

to me,
אֵלַ֔י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

O islands,
אִיִּים֙ (’î·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 339: A habitable spot, dry land, a coast, an island

and pay attention,
וְהַקְשִׁ֥יבוּ (wə·haq·šî·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

O distant
מֵרָח֑וֹק (mê·rā·ḥō·wq)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious

peoples:
לְאֻמִּ֖ים (lə·’um·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3816: A community

The LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

called me
קְרָאָ֔נִי (qə·rā·’ā·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

from the womb;
מִבֶּ֣טֶן (mib·be·ṭen)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything

from the body
מִמְּעֵ֥י (mim·mə·‘ê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4578: The intestines, the abdomen, sympathy, a vest, the stomach, the uterus, the heart

of my mother
אִמִּ֖י (’im·mî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 517: A mother, )

He named me.
הִזְכִּ֥יר (hiz·kîr)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male
XLIX.

(1) Listen, O isles . . .--The argument against idolatry has been brought to its close, and a new section opens, and with it there is a new speaker, the mysterious "Servant of the Lord," (Isaiah 42:1), at once identified with Israel (Isaiah 49:3), in fulfilling its ideal, and yet distinguished from it, as its Restorer and Redeemer. "Isles" as before stand vaguely for "far off countries." The invitation is addressed to the heathen far and wide.

The Lord hath called me from the womb.--The words indicate a predestined vocation. (Comp. Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:15; Luke 1:41; Galatians 1:15.) Admitting the thought of a Divine order working in human history, the idea of such a vocation follows in inevitable sequence.

Verses 1-12. - JEHOVAH'S ATTESTATION OF HIS SERVANT'S MISSION. Jehovah called his Servant from the womb; mentioned him by name; made his mouth a sharp sword; held him in his hand; caused him to be a polished weapon; appointed him his Servant; assured him of a right and a recompense; appointed him, not only to restore and recover Israel, but to be a Light to the Gentiles, and to give salvation to the ends of the world (vers. 1-6); chose him (ver. 7); will help him (ver. 8); through him will both deliver the captive everywhere (ver. 9), and cause joy to break out in every part of heaven and earth (vers. 11-13). It is quite impossible that these things can be said of aught but a person, or of any person other than him in whom all the nations of the earth were to be blessed (Genesis 22:18). Verse 1. - Listen, O isles (comp. Isaiah 41:1; Isaiah 42:1, 4, 6). Since the beginning of ch. 43. Israel alone has been addressed. Now that the mission of the Servant of Jehovah is to be treated of, all the world must be summoned to hear, for all the world is directly interested. Ye people; rather, ye peoples, or ye nations. The Lord hath called me from the womb. Isaiah could not have said this of himself, for his "call" took place when he was of mature age. But Christ was designated for his office from the womb (Luke 1:31-33). He was also still "in the womb of his mother" when the name of Jesus was given to him (Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31). 49:1-6 The great Author of redemption shows the authority for his work. The sword of his word slays the lusts of his people, and all at enmity with them. His sharp arrows wound the conscience; but all these wounds will be healed, when the sinner prays to him for mercy. But even the Redeemer, who spake as never man spake in his personal ministry, often seemed to labour in vain. And if Jacob will not be brought back to God, and Israel will not be gathered, still Christ will be glorious. This promise is in part fulfilled in the calling of the Gentiles. Men perish in darkness. But Christ enlightens men, and so makes them holy and happy.
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