Isaiah 7:21

21 In that day, a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats.

Read Isaiah 7:21 Using Other Translations

And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep,
In that day a farmer will be fortunate to have a cow and two sheep or goats left.

What does Isaiah 7:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 7:21

And it shall come to pass in that day
Not in the days of Hezekiah, after the destruction of Sennacherib's army, when there followed great fruitfulness and plenty, ( Isaiah 37:30 Isaiah 37:31 ) as Kimchi and Jarchi interpret it; but in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, after the destruction of Jerusalem, when some poor men were left in the land to till it, ( Jeremiah 39:10 ) for of these, and not of rich men, are the following words to be understood: [that] a man shall nourish a young cow and two sheep;
this seems to denote both the scarcity of men and cattle, through the ravages of the army of the Chaldeans; that there should not be large herds and flocks, only a single cow, and two or three sheep; and yet men should be so few, and families so thin, that these would be sufficient to support them comfortably.

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