Compare Translations for Isaiah 17:5

Isaiah 17:5 ASV
And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the standing grain, and his arm reapeth the ears; yea, it shall be as when one gleaneth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 BBE
And it will be like a man cutting the growth of his grain, pulling together the heads of the grain with his arm; even as when they get in the grain in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 CEB
It will be as when harvesters gather grain. God will harvest armfuls at a time, like one who gathers grain in the Rephaim Valley.
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Isaiah 17:5 CJB
as when the harvester collects the standing grain, reaping the ears of grain with his arm; yes, as when they glean the grain in the Refa'im Valley.
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Isaiah 17:5 RHE
And it shall be as when one gathereth in the harvest that which remaineth, and his arm shall gather the ears of corn: and it shall be as he that seeketh ears in the vale of Raphaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 ESV
And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain and his arm harvests the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 GW
That time will be like harvesting bundles of grain by the armful. It will be like gathering grain in the Rephaim Valley.
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Isaiah 17:5 GNT
Israel will be like a field where the grain has been cut and harvested, as desolate as a field in Rephaim Valley when it has been picked bare.
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Isaiah 17:5 HNV
It shall be as when the harvester gathers the standing grain, and his arm reaps the ears; yes, it shall be as when one gleans ears in the valley of Refa'im.
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Isaiah 17:5 CSB
It will be as if a reaper had gathered standing grain- his arm harvesting the heads of grain- and as if one had gleaned heads of grain in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 KJV
And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 LEB
And it shall be as {when a reaper gathers} standing grain and he reaps grain [with] his arm, and it shall be like one who gathers ears of grain in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 NAS
It will be even like the reaper gathering the standing grain, As his arm harvests the ears, Or it will be like one gleaning ears of grain In the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 NCV
That time will be like the grain harvest in the Valley of Rephaim. The workers cut the wheat. Then they cut the heads of grain from the plants and collect the grain.
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Isaiah 17:5 NIRV
It will be as when a worker cuts and gathers grain in the Valley of Rephaim. He gathers up stalks with his arms. Only a few heads of grain are left.
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Isaiah 17:5 NIV
It will be as when a reaper gathers the standing grain and harvests the grain with his arm-- as when a man gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 NKJV
It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain, And reaps the heads with his arm; It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain In the Valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 NLT
Israel will be abandoned like the grainfields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest.
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Isaiah 17:5 NRS
And it shall be as when reapers gather standing grain and their arms harvest the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 RSV
And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain and his arm harvests the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Reph'aim.
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Isaiah 17:5 DBY
And it shall be as when the reaper gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; yea, it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 MSG
The country will be left empty, picked clean as a field harvested by field hands. She'll be like a few stalks of barley left standing in the lush Valley of Rephaim after harvest,
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Isaiah 17:5 WBT
And it shall be as when the harvest-man gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 TMB
And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the Valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 TNIV
It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms-- as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 WEB
It shall be as when the harvester gathers the standing grain, and his arm reaps the ears; yes, it shall be as when one gleans ears in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 WYC
And it shall be as (the one) gathering together that that is left in harvest, and his arm shall gather ears of corn, and it shall be as (the one) seeking ears of corn in the valley of Rephaim.
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Isaiah 17:5 YLT
And it hath come to pass, As the gathering by the reaper of the standing corn, And his arm the ears reapeth, And it hath come to pass, As the gathering of the ears in the valley of Rephaim,
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Isaiah 17 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 17

Syria and Israel threatened. (1-11) The woe of Israel's enemies. (12-14)

Verses 1-11 Sin desolates cities. It is strange that great conquerors should take pride in being enemies to mankind; but it is better that flocks should lie down there, than that they should harbour any in open rebellion against God and holiness. The strong holds of Israel, the kingdom of the ten tribes, will be brought to ruin. Those who are partakers in sin, are justly made partakers in ruin. The people had, by sins, made themselves ripe for ruin; and their glory was as quickly cut down and taken away by the enemy, as the corn is out of the field by the husbandman. Mercy is reserved in the midst of judgment, for a remnant. But very few shall be marked to be saved. Only here and there one was left behind. But they shall be a remnant made holy. The few that are saved were awakened to return to God. They shall acknowledge his hand in all events; they shall give him the glory due to his name. To bring us to this, is the design of his providence, as he is our Maker; and the work of his grace, as he is the Holy One of Israel. They shall look off from their idols, the creatures of their own fancy. We have reason to account those afflictions happy, which part between us and our sins. The God of our salvation is the Rock of our strength; and our forgetfulness and unmindfulness of him are at the bottom of all sin. The pleasant plants, and shoots from a foreign soil, are expressions for strange and idolatrous worship, and the vile practices connected therewith. Diligence would be used to promote the growth of these strange slips, but all in vain. See the evil and danger of sin, and its certain consequences.

Verses 12-14 The rage and force of the Assyrians resembled the mighty waters of the sea; but when the God of Israel should rebuke them, they would flee like chaff, or like a rolling thing, before the whirlwind. In the evening Jerusalem would be in trouble, because of the powerful invader, but before morning his army would be nearly cut off. Happy are those who remember God as their salvation, and rely on his power and grace. The trouble of the believers, and the prosperity of their enemies, will be equally short; while the joy of the former, and the destruction of those that hate and spoil them, shall last for ever.

Isaiah 17 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 17

Isaiah 17:1-11 . PROPHECY CONCERNING DAMASCUS AND ITS ALLY SAMARIA, that is, Syria and Israel, which had leagued together (seventh and eighth chapters).

Already, Tiglath-pileser had carried away the people of Damascus to Kir, in the fourth year of Ahaz ( 2 Kings 16:9 ); but now in Hezekiah's reign a further overthrow is foretold ( Jeremiah 49:23 , Zechariah 9:1 ). Also, Shalmaneser carried away Israel from Samaria to Assyria ( 2 Kings 17:6 , 2 Kings 18:10 2 Kings 18:11 ) in the sixth year of Hezekiah of Judah (the ninth year of Hoshea of Israel). This prophecy was, doubtless, given previously in the first years of Hezekiah when the foreign nations came into nearer collision with Judah, owing to the threatening aspect of Assyria.

1. Damascus--put before Israel (Ephraim, Isaiah 17:3 ), which is chiefly referred to in what follows, because it was the prevailing power in the league; with it Ephraim either stood or fell ( Isaiah 7:1-25 ).

2. cities of Aroer--that is, the cities round Aroer, and under its jurisdiction [GESENIUS]. So "cities with their villages" ( Joshua 15:44 ); "Heshbon and all her cities" ( Joshua 13:17 ). Aroer was near Rabbahammon, at the river of Gad, an arm of the Jabbok ( 2 Samuel 24:5 ), founded by the Gadites ( Numbers 32:34 ).
for flocks--( Isaiah 5:17 ).

3. fortress . . . cease--The strongholds shall be pulled down (Samaria especially: Hosea 10:14 , Micah 1:6 , Habakkuk 1:10 ).
remnant of Syria--all that was left after the overthrow by Tiglath-pileser ( 2 Kings 16:9 ).
as the glory of . . . Israel--They shall meet with the same fate as Israel, their ally.

4. glory of Jacob--the kingdom of Ephraim and all that they rely on ( Hosea 12:2 , Micah 1:5 ).
fatness . . .

5. harvestman, &c.--The inhabitants and wealth of Israel shall be swept away, and but few left behind just as the husbandman gathers the corn and the fruit. and leaves only a few gleaning ears and grapes ( 2 Kings 18:9-11 ).
with his arm--He collects the standing grain with one arm, so that he can cut it with the sickle in the other hand.
Rephaim--a fertile plain at the southwest of Jerusalem toward Beth-lehem and the country of the Philistines ( 2 Samuel 5:18-22 ).

6. in it--that is, in the land of Israel.
two or three . . . in the top--A few poor inhabitants shall be left in Israel, like the two or three olive berries left on the topmost boughs, which it is not worth while taking the trouble to try to reach.

7. look to his Maker--instead of trusting in their fortresses--( Isaiah 17:3 , Micah 7:7 ).

8. groves--A symbolical tree is often found in Assyrian inscriptions, representing the hosts of heaven ("Saba"), answering to Ashteroth or Astarte, the queen of heaven, as Baal or Bel is the king. Hence the expression, "image of the grove," is explained ( 2 Kings 21:7 ).
images--literally, "images to the sun," that is, to Baal, who answers to the sun, as Astarte to the hosts of heaven ( 2 Kings 23:5 , Job 31:26 ).

9. forsaken bough--rather "the leavings of woods," what the axeman leaves when he cuts down the grove (compare Isaiah 17:6 ).
which they left because of--rather, "which (the enemies) shall leave for the children of Israel"; literally, "shall leave (in departing) from before the face of the children of Israel" [MAURER]. But a few cities out of many shall be left to Israel, by the purpose of God, executed by the Assyrian.

10. forgotten . . . God of . . . salvation . . . rock--( Deuteronomy 32:15 Deuteronomy 32:18 ).
plants--rather, "nursery grounds," "pleasure-grounds" [MAURER].
set in--rather, "set them," the pleasure-grounds.
strange slips--cuttings of plants from far, and therefore valuable.

11. In the day . . . thy plant--rather, "In the day of thy planting" [HORSLEY].
shalt . . . make . . . grow--MAURER translates, "Thou didst fence it," namely, the pleasure-ground. The parallel clause, "Make . . . flourish," favors English Version. As soon as thou plantest, it grows.
in the morning--that is, immediately after; so in Psalms 94:14 , the Hebrew, "in the morning," is translated "early."
but . . . shall be a heap--rather, "but (promising as was the prospect) the harvest is gone" [HORSLEY].
in . . . day of grief--rather, "in the day of (expected) possession" [MAURER]. "In the day of inundation" [HORSLEY].
of desperate sorrow--rather, "And the sorrow shall be desperate or irremediable." In English Version "heap" and "sorrow" may be taken together by hendiadys. "The heap of the harvest shall be desperate sorrow" [ROSENMULLER].

Isaiah 17:12-18:7'. SUDDEN DESTRUCTION OF A GREAT ARMY IN JUDEA (namely that of the Assyrian Sennacherib), AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EVENT TO THE ETHIOPIAN AMBASSADORS.

The connection of this fragment with what precedes is: notwithstanding the calamities coming on Israel, the people of God shall not be utterly destroyed ( Isaiah 6:12 Isaiah 6:13 ); the Assyrian spoilers shall perish ( Isaiah 17:13 Isaiah 17:14 ).

12. Woe . . . multitude--rather, "Ho (Hark)! a noise of," &c. The prophet in vision perceives the vast and mixed Assyrian hosts (Hebrew, "many peoples," hills of Judah (so "mountains," Isaiah 17:13 ):but at the "rebuke" of God, they shall "flee as chaff."
to the rushing . . . that make--rather, "the roaring . . . roareth" (compare Isaiah 8:7 , Jeremiah 6:23 ).

13. shall . . . shall--rather, "God rebuketh ( Psalms 9:5 ) them, and they flee--are chased"; the event is set before the eyes as actually present, not future.
chaff of . . . mountains--Threshing floors in the East are in the open air on elevated places, so as to catch the wind which separates the chaff from the wheat ( Psalms 88:13 , Hosea 13:3 ).
rolling thing--anything that rolls: stubble.

14. eventide . . . before morning--fulfilled to the letter in the destruction "before morning" of the vast host that "at eveningtide" was such a terror ("trouble") to Judah; on the phrase see Psalms 90:6 , 30:5 .
he is not--namely, the enemy.
us--the Jews. A general declaration of the doom that awaits the foes of God's people ( Isaiah 54:17 ).