New American Standard Bible
"Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
King James Bible
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
Darby Bible Translation
Hearken unto me, Jacob, and thou Israel, my called. I am HE; I, the first, and I, the last.
World English Bible
"Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
Young's Literal Translation
Hearken to me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called one, I am He, I am first, and I am last;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Hearken unto me - This is a solemn call on the Jews in Babylon to attend to what he was now about to say. It is the commencement of a new part of the argument, containing the assurance that he would deliver them, and utterly destroy the Chaldeans. He begins, therefore, by asserting that he is the only true God, and that he is able to accomplish all his purposes.
My called - The people whom I have chosen, or called.
I am he - I am the same; or I am the true and only God.
LibraryMercy's Master Motive
We shall now use the text as an illustration of divine love in other cases, for from one deed of grace we may learn all. As God dealt with his people Israel after the flesh, in the same manner he dealeth with his people Israel after the spirit; and his mercies towards his saints are to be seen as in a mirror in his wondrous lovingkindness towards the seed of Abraham. I shall take the text to illustrate--first, the conversion of the sinner; and secondly, the reclaiming of the backslider; and I pray, …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
After the Scripture.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."
Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
"Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'"
"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 there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.
"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
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