Isaiah 21:14

14 bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.

Isaiah 21:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.
ESV
14 To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of Tema.
NLT
14 O people of Tema, bring water to these thirsty people, food to these weary refugees.
MSG
14 Haul water to the thirsty, greet fugitives with bread. Show your desert hospitality, you who live in Tema.
CSB
14 Bring water for the thirsty. The inhabitants of the land of Tema meet the refugees with food.

Isaiah 21:14 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 21:14

The inhabitants of the land of Tema
This country had its name from Tema, one of the sons of Ishmael, ( Genesis 25:15 ) . The Targum calls it the land of the south, as if it was Teman. These people were Arabians, and are here said to assist their countrymen, the Dedanites, in distress: brought water to him that was thirsty;
as travellers are wont to be, especially in a desert land, and when fleeing from an enemy; in which circumstances the travelling companies of Dedanim now were: they prevented with their bread him that fled;
gave it to him, being hungry and necessitous, without asking for it. Now all this seems to show what calamities should come upon the inhabitants of some parts of Arabia; that they should lodge in a forest, be hungry and thirsty, and flee before their enemy, as follows.

Isaiah 21:14 In-Context

12 The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.”
13 A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
14 bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
15 They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 25:15