Isaiah 26:9

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

With my soule haue I desired thee in the night, yea with my spirit within me will I seeke thee early: for when thy iudgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learne righteousnesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee earnestly: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In the night the desire of my soul has been for you; early will my spirit be searching for you; for when your punishments come on the earth, the people of the world will get the knowledge of righteousness.
- Basic English Bible

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
- Darby Bible

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
- Webster's Bible

With my soul have I desired you in the night. Yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you earnestly; for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
- World English Bible

[With] my soul I desired Thee in the night, Also, [with] my spirit within me I seek Thee earnestly, For when Thy judgments [are] on the earth, The inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness.
- Youngs Literal Bible

With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me have I sought Thee earnestly; for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 26:9


26:9 In the night - When others are sleeping, my thoughts and desires are working towards God. Early - Betimes in the morning. For - And good reason it is that we should thus desire and seek thee in the way of thy judgments, because this is the very design of thy judgments, that men should thereby be awakened to learn and return to their duty; and this is a common effect, that those who have been careless in prosperity, are made wiser and better by afflictions.


Discussion for Isaiah 26

  • Librarygal143
    I really need this verse today, thank you : .
  • Reginald Cummings Sr
    A few months our of my third recovery some new friends gave me these verses to recite in a skit and it has been a declaration of Gods truth for some twenty years now.Oh the wonder if His manifold Grace to we His servants.
  • Margaret
    This verse is what I needed to hear at this point of my life.
  • D young for verse 4
    Persevere, as did Job and Job did not turn his back on God when troubles came his way. It is tragic when human beings go into shock and stop communicating with God or calling out for his help and guidance. When another is stumbling, that is when others can pray for those being attacked by an evil spirit, or demon.
  • Richard
    This is where my hope goes to.
  • I have tried to keep peace within myself but it is not always there. I love it but don 't really understand it. Sometimes too much peace leads to disarming one 's self from attending to responsibilities and the way God naturally intended us to be. It is obviously awesome but not totally attainable every day. Sometimes are for doing war, sometimes are for grief, sometimes are for work. Expecting too much peace leads to depression for me.

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