Wait Upon the Lord: Isaiah 40:28-31                                                                 

Wait Upon the Lord

28 Hast thou not known[1]? hast thou not heard[2], that the everlasting[3] God, the Lord, the Creator[4] of the ends[5] of the earth[6], fainteth not[7], neither is weary? there is no searching[8] of his understanding[9].

29 He giveth power[10] to the faint[11]; and to them that have no might[12] he increaseth[13] strength[14]. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men[15] shall utterly[16] fall:

31 But they that wait[17]upon the Lord shall renew[18] their strength[19]; they shall mount up[20] with wings[21] as eagles; they shall run[22], and not be weary[23]; and they shall walk[24], and not faint[25]. - Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)

Isaiah 40:28-31 THV Version

28) Have you not understood? Are you yet to recognize? Have you not, with careful consideration, heard that the Ever-Existing, Timeless, and Creative Intelligent One, The Magnificent “I AM”, Sculptor of the very edges and extremities of material existence, does not get hungry, nor tired? The Omniscient-Omnipresent-Omnipotent, doesn’t have to search or investigate in order to know the/an answer, or to come to a conclusion.

29) The One gives increased Life Energy (power, energy, strength) to those who are fatigued and multiplies power to those who have lost the true wealth of faculty and ability to live functionally.

30) Even young people grow hungry for what brings purpose to their lives and tire from the confusions, worries and troubles of this world. Even the chosen young warriors experience hardship and seductions that cause them to stumble and fail.

31) But those who, expectantly wait on The Original One True Self, with firm attitude, binding their self to the process and the result, will swiftly transition into new strength. They will revive with true wealth, a new vigor, renewed ability and flourishing Life Force. They will increase in power and, like eagles, they will rise up, soaring on wings, striving upward with great energy, surpassing depressed struggles and ignoble ways.They will efficiently complete the task and purpose laid out for them without grumbling or complaining of the labor and exhaustion. They will live without wearing out physically, mentally, and emotionally.

THV Commentary

This is a beautiful passage that essentially points out not only how powerful The Mighty One is but also that The Great “I Am”, has desired, does desire, and always will desire to share increasing Life Force with all who will expectantly focus on The Divine Source, “God”. As the Apostle Paul stated,”For in Him we live, breathe, and exist….” (Acts 17:28). The love is real and available

It is my contention that everytime the biblical scriptures mention “wait” or “be still” it is encouraging the technology of prayer and meditation- a devoted and focused practice of inner-breath awareness that is linked to the “Beginning” and the “End”, “heaven” and “earth”.

What is true of the inner and outer personal world, naturally applies to that of the communal world.

See “The Result of Training: Hebrews 12:11-13”

See “A Voice in the Wilderness : Isaiah 40:3-5”


[1] H3045 yâdaʻ, yaw-dah'; a primitive root; to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.):—acknowledge, acquaintance(-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, (un-) awares, can(-not), certainly, comprehend, consider, × could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be (ig-) norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have (knowledge), (be, make, make to be, make self) known, be learned, lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, × prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have (understanding), × will be, wist, wit, wot. To see, to perceive, to acquire knowledge, to know, to be acquainted

[2] H8085 shâmaʻ, shaw-mah'; a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.):—× attentively, call (gather) together, × carefully, × certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, × diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear(-ken, tell), × indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim(-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, × surely, tell, understand, whosoever (heareth), witness. To understand things heard.

[3] H5769 ʻôwlâm, o-lawm'; or עֹלָם ʻôlâm; from H5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:—alway(-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, (n-)) ever(-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end).

[4] H1254 bârâʼ, baw-raw'; a primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes):—choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).

[5] H7098 qâtsâh, kaw-tsaw'; feminine of H7097; a termination:—coast, corner, (selv-) edge, lowest, (uttermost) participle. End, extremity.

[6] H776ʼerets, eh'-rets; from an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land):—× common, country, earth, field, ground, land, × natins, way, + wilderness, world.

Aramaic ‘ara- the world or universe of particle and form; material and visible existence; embodied reality

[7] H3286 yâʻaph, yaw-af'; a primitive root; to tire (as if from wearisome flight):—faint, cause to fly, (be) weary (self). To go swiftly, to run; to be fatigued, wearied out. NOTE: The Septuagint translates this as “hunger” every time it occurs the word “faint” occurs.

[8] H2714 chêqer, khay'-ker; examination, enumeration, deliberation:—finding out, number, (un-) search(-able, -ed, out, -ing); searching, investigation; that which is known by investigation, hidden secret

[9] H8394 tâbûwn, taw-boon'; and (feminine) תְּבוּנָה tᵉbûwnâh; or תּוֹבֻנָה tôwbunâh; from H995; intelligence; by implication, an argument; by extension, caprice:—discretion, reason, skillfulness, understanding, wisdom.

[10] H3581 kôach, ko'-akh; or kôwach; from an unused root meaning to be firm; vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard:—ability, able, chameleon, force, fruits, might, power(-ful), strength, substance, wealth.

[11] H3287 yâʻêph, yaw-afe'; from H3286; fatigued; figuratively, exhausted:—faint, weary.

[12] H202 ʼôwn, one; probably from the same as H205 (in the sense of effort, but successful); ability, power, (figuratively) wealth:—force, goods, might, strength, substance. Faculty; substance, wealth

H205 ʼâven, aw-ven'; from an unused root perhaps meaning properly, to pant (hence, to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught);

[13] H7235 râbâh, raw-baw'; a primitive root; to increase (in whatever respect):—(bring in) abundance (× -antly), be in authority, bring up, × continue, enlarge, excel, exceeding(-ly), be full of, (be, make) great(-er, -ly, × -ness), grow up, heap, increase, be long, (be, give, have, make, use) many (a time), (any, be, give, give the, have) more (in number), (ask, be, be so, gather, over, take, yield) much (greater, more), (make to) multiply, nourish, plenty(-eous), × process (of time), sore, store, thoroughly, very. To be multiplied, to multiply.

[14] H6109 otsmâh, ots-maw'; feminine of H6108; powerfulness; by extension, numerousness:—abundance, strength; multitude

[15] H970 bâchûwr, baw-khoor'; or בָּחֻר bâchur; participle passive of H977; properly, selected, i.e. a youth (often collective):—(choice) young (man), chosen, × hole; a youth, young man, so called from beauty of form… used for young warriors.

H977 bâchar, baw-khar'; a primitive root; properly, to try, i.e. (by implication) select:—acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require. To prove, to try, to examine, to select; to prefer

[16] H3782 kâshal, kaw-shal'; a primitive root; to totter or waver (through weakness of the legs, especially the ankle); by implication, to falter, stumble, faint or fall:—bereave (from the margin), cast down, be decayed, (cause to) fail, (cause, make to) fall (down, -ing), feeble, be (the) ruin(-ed, of), (be) overthrown, (cause to) stumble, × utterly, be weak. To stagger; signifying the quivering or trembling of the whole body implying want of strength; used of one about to fall; in a moral sense to stumble, to be seduced.

[17] H6960 qâvâh, kaw-vaw'; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). To be strong, robust (for the notion of binding fast, tying fast, is applied to strength; to expect, to await (perhaps from enduring, remaining, which differs but little from the notion of strength; to expect anything; to lie in wait for any one

[18] H2498 châlaph, khaw-laf'; a primitive root; properly, to slide by, i.e. (by implication) to hasten away, pass on, spring up, pierce or change:—abolish, alter, change, cut off, go on forward, grow up, be over, pass (away, on, through), renew, sprout, strike through. To slip, to glide, spoken of the swift motion of anything smooth; to come on or up; hence to revive or flourish as a plant, to change, to interchange, to alter; to cause to revive or sprout forth; to gain new strength

[19] H3581 kôach, ko'-akh; see footnote #10 above

[20] H5927 ʻâlâh, aw-law'; a primitive root; to ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative:—arise (up), (cause to) ascend up, at once, break (the day) (up), bring (up), (cause to) burn, carry up, cast up, shew, climb (up), (cause to, make to) come (up), cut off, dawn, depart, exalt, excel, fall, fetch up, get up, (make to) go (away, up); grow (over) increase, lay, leap, levy, lift (self) up, light, (make) up, × mention, mount up, offer, make to pay, perfect, prefer, put (on), raise, recover, restore, (make to) rise (up), scale, set (up), shoot forth (up), (begin to) spring (up), stir up, take away (up), work. Metaphorically, to increase, become strong; to be elevated; to be made to go up; to be led up

[21] H83 ʼêber, ay-ber'; from H82; a pinion:—(long-) wing(-ed). Ezekiel 17:3

ʼH82 âbar, aw-bar'; a primitive root; to soar:—fly. To strive upward, to mount, to soar. Has the notion of above, being over, and hence passing over, surpassing; to any power and energy; to mount upward in flight like a hawk

In Contrast to being “lifted up” From Ezekiel 17(:14; context :1-14) H8217 shâphâl, shaw-fawl'; from H8213; depressed, literally or figuratively:—base(-st), humble, low(-er, -ly). Low, depressed, ignoble, vile.

H8213 shâphêl, shaw-fale'; a primitive root; to depress or sink (especially figuratively, to humiliate, intransitive or transitive):—abase, bring (cast, put) down, debase, humble (self), be (bring, lay, make, put) low(-er).

[22] H7323 rûwts, roots; a primitive root; to run (for whatever reason, especially to rush):—break down, divide speedily, footman, guard, bring hastily, (make) run (away, through), post.

[23] H3021 yâgaʻ, yaw-gah'; a primitive root; properly, to gasp; hence, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil:—faint, (make to) labour, (be) weary.

[24] H3212 yâlak, yaw-lak'; a primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively, to carry (in various senses):—× again, away, bear, bring, carry (away), come (away), depart, flow, follow(-ing), get (away, hence, him), (cause to, made) go (away, -ing, -ne, one's way, out), grow, lead (forth), let down, march, prosper, pursue, cause to run, spread, take away (-journey), vanish, (cause to) walk(-ing), wax, × be weak.

H1980 hâlak, haw-lak'; akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively):—(all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart, be eased, enter, exercise (self), follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down), greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march, × more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along), send, speedily, spread, still, surely, tale-bearer, travel(-ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, (way-) faring man, × be weak, whirl.

[25] H3286 yâʻaph, yaw-af'; see footnote #7 above