July 01, 2021 – Thursday
Isaiah 12:2 NIV
2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense [or song]; He has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2 NOG
2 Look! El is my Savior. I am confident and unafraid, because Yah is my strength and my song. He is my Savior.
Isaiah 12:2 NET
2 Look, God is my deliverer! I will trust in Him and not fear. For the Lord gives me strength and protects me;
He has become my deliverer.
In the KJV (yes, one more version) this reads as, Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. I wanted to show this version as well because as in the NIV it speaks of salvation and here, per Ellicott’s Commentary, ‘salvation’ is taken as in the New Testament, as meaning more than mere deliverance from danger, and including the highest spiritual blessings. And in the other versions it is salvation that is being stated as my Savior or my deliverer.
Also be aware that the second half of this verse if very close to that of Exodus 15:2, The Lord is my strength and my defense [or song], He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. You may wonder why God’s Word repeats this, but it is simply so that we will know that this truth continues throughout the Bible. In different words we also find it in the New Testament. Here is one in Romans 8:31b, If God is for us, who can be against us? I like to personalize this one and you may wish to do the same, If God is for me, who can be against me? Also, obviously any number of people can be against us, but not successfully. They cannot deny us our salvation that has been promised to us by God Himself through His Son Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Returning to God is my salvation, Barnes’ writes, God is the author, or source, of my salvation. It has not been brought about by any human hands, but is to be traced directly to Him. And he further notes, The value of a gift is always enhanced by the dignity and excellency of the giver, and it confers an inestimable value on the blessings of salvation, that they are conferred by a being no less than the infinite God. It is not by human or angelic power; but it is to be traced directly and entirely to Yahweh. With this in mind we know we can trust in Him and not fear.
So why all the versions at the beginning? Well, I was struck by how many ways The Lord, the Lord Himself NIV could be translated. The notes to the NET version tell us The Hebrew text has, “for my strength and protection [is] the Lord, the Lord (Heb “Yah, Yahweh) which the NOG version only got the Yah part. So, I went here to look at all the version of this verse and found everything from Lord Lord to Yah Adonai to Yah the Lord to Lord God to Yah, Yahweh etc. So, what’s going on here and why is it important? The Pulpit Commentary tells us this combination which occurs only here and in Isaiah 26:4, where it is again used as an encouragement to perfect confidence and trust. In Hebrew Yah is a contraction of Yahweh and some think Yahweh as an explanation of the contraction. I prefer the Pulpit explanation that this combination it is used as an encouragement to perfect confidence and trust as I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for being the author of my salvation. With You as my salvation, I can truly put my trust in You and not be afraid. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.