Isaiah 16:2

2 Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, so are the women of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

Read Isaiah 16:2 Using Other Translations

For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
Like fleeing birds, like a scattered nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.
The women of Moab are left like homeless birds at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.

What does Isaiah 16:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 16:2

For it shall be
Or, "otherwise it shall be" F26; if ye do not pay this tribute: [that] as a wandering bird cast out of the nest:
or, "as a wandering bird, the nest sent out": that is, as a bird that has forsaken its nest, and wanders about, and its young ones are turned out of the nest, scarcely fledged, and unable to shift for themselves, but flutter about here and there, trembling and frightened, see ( Proverbs 26:2 ) : [so] the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon:
turned out of their houses, wandering up and down, not knowing where to go; unable to help themselves, and in the utmost fright and consternation, fleeing to the very borders of their land, as the fords of Arnon were, see ( Numbers 21:13 Numbers 21:14 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (hyhw) "alioqui", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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