New International Version
"Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
O Jacob "O Jacob, my servant" - After יעקב yaakob, a MS. of Kennicott's, two of De Rossi's, and the two old editions of 1486 and 1488, add the word עבדי abdi, "my servant," which is lost out of the present text; and there is a rasure in its place in another ancient MS. The Jerusalem Talmud has the same word.
I also am the last "I am the last" - For אף אני aph ani, "even I," two ancient MSS. and the ancient Versions, read ואני veani, "and I;" more properly.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
O Jacob. Three MSS. and two old editions add avid, 'my servant'
I am he
LibraryA River of Peace and Waves of Righteousness
'Oh that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.'-- ISAIAH xlviii. 18. I. The Wonderful Thought of God here. This is an exclamation of disappointment; of thwarted love. The good which He purposed has been missed by man's fault, and He regards the faulty Israel with sorrow and pity as a would-be benefactor balked of a kind intention might do. O Jerusalem! 'how often would I have gathered thee.' 'If thou hadst known …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"Thou Shall Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee, Because He Trusteth in Thee. "
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Blasphemous Accusations of the Jews.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD--with the first of them 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 no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
"This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
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