Isaiah 55:8
New International Version
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

English Standard Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

King James Bible
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

New King James Version
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

NASB 1995
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

NASB 1977
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Amplified Bible
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the LORD’s declaration.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the LORD’s declaration.”

American Standard Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because my thoughts are not as your thoughts, and my ways are not as your ways, says LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For my counsels are not as your counsels, nor are my ways as your ways, saith the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

English Revised Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Good News Translation
"My thoughts," says the LORD, "are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways," declares the LORD.

International Standard Version
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
“For My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, Nor your ways My ways,” A declaration of YHWH,

NET Bible
"Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds,

New Heart English Bible
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the LORD.

World English Bible
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
For not My thoughts are your thoughts, Nor your ways My ways, -- an affirmation of Jehovah,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Invitation to the Needy
7Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. 8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 7:19
And as if this was a small thing in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, You have also spoken about the future of the house of Your servant. Is this Your custom with man, O Lord GOD?

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the purposes of His heart to all generations.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us--none can compare to You--if I proclaim and declare them, they are more than I can count.

Isaiah 14:24
The LORD of Hosts has sworn: "Surely, as I have planned, so will it be; as I have purposed, so will it stand.

Isaiah 53:6
We all like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 58:13
If you turn your foot from breaking the Sabbath, from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight, and the LORD's holy day honorable, if you honor it by not going your own way or seeking your own pleasure or speaking idle words,

Isaiah 65:2
All day long I have held out My hands to an obstinate people who walk in the wrong path, who follow their own imaginations,


Treasury of Scripture

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.

2 Samuel 7:19
And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?

Psalm 25:10
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.









(8) My thoughts are not your thoughts . . .--The assertion refers to both the promise and the warning. Men think that the gifts of God can be purchased with money (Acts 8:20). They think that the market in which they are sold is always open, and that they can have them when and how they please (Matthew 25:9-13).

Verses 8-13. - A FRESH ASSURANCE or DELIVERANCE FROM BABYLON. Man can scarcely conceive of the deliverance which God designs; but God's thoughts are not as man's (vers. 8, 9). God's word, once pronounced, is potent to effect its purpose (vers. 10, 11). Deliverance from Babylon, having been promised, will take place, and will be accompanied by all manner of spiritual blessings (vers. 12, 13). Verses 8, 9. - My thoughts are not your thoughts. Though man is made in God's image (Genesis 1:27), yet the nature of God in every way infinitely transcends that of man. Both the thoughts and the acts of God surpass man's understanding. Men find it hard to pardon those who have offended them; God can pardon, and "pardon abundantly." Men cannot conceive of coming changes, when they pass certain limits. God knows assuredly what changes are approaching, since they are his doing.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

My thoughts
מַחְשְׁבוֹתַי֙ (maḥ·šə·ḇō·w·ṯay)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

are not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

your thoughts,
מַחְשְׁב֣וֹתֵיכֶ֔ם (maḥ·šə·ḇō·w·ṯê·ḵem)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

neither are
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

your ways
דַרְכֵיכֶ֖ם (ḏar·ḵê·ḵem)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

My ways,”
דְּרָכָ֑י (də·rā·ḵāy)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

declares
נְאֻ֖ם (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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