ISAIAH 29:13



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“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”

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Isaiah 29:13 Translation & Meaning

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Wherefore the Lord אֲדֹנָ֗י The Lord (used as a proper name of God only) Wherefore Lord
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Forasmuch יַ֚עַן Properly, heed; by implication, purpose (sake or account); used adverbially to indicate the reason or cause Forasmuch
as this הַזֶּ֔ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that as this
people הָעָ֣ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
draw near נִגַּשׁ֙ To be or come (causatively, bring) near (for any purpose); euphemistically, to lie with a woman; as an enemy, to attack; religious to worship; causatively, to present; figuratively, to adduce an argument; by reversal, to stand back draw near
me (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with their mouth, בְּפִ֤יו The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouth
and with their lips וּבִשְׂפָתָיו֙ The lip (as a natural boundary); by implication, language; by analogy, a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.) lips
do honour כִּבְּד֔וּנִי To be heavy, i.e., in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable); causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses) do honour
me, but have removed רִחַ֣ק To widen (in any direction), i.e., (intransitively) recede or (transitively) remove (literally or figuratively, of place or relation) removed
their heart וְלִבּ֖וֹ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
far from מִמֶּ֑נִּי Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses far
me, and their fear יִרְאָתָם֙ Fearing; morally, reverent fear
toward אֹתִ֔י Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) toward
me is וַתְּהִ֤י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) me is
taught מְלֻמָּדָֽה׃ Properly, to goad, i.e., (by implication) to teach (the rod being an Middle Eastern incentive) taught
by the precept מִצְוַ֥ת A command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law) precept
of men: אֲנָשִׁ֖ים A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men

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  • 11  And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

  • 12  And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.

  • 13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

  • 14  Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

  • 15  Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?


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