Deuteronomy 28:32
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New International Version
Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand.

New Living Translation
You will watch as your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break for them, but you won't be able to help them.

English Standard Version
Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless.

New American Standard Bible
"Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and yearn for them continually; but there will be nothing you can do.

King James Bible
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your sons and daughters will be given to another people, while your eyes grow weary looking for them every day. But you will be powerless to do anything.

International Standard Version
Your sons and daughters will be given to another people while you watch, and you won't be able to approach them at all, and you'll be powerless to help.

NET Bible
Your sons and daughters will be given to another people while you look on in vain all day, and you will be powerless to do anything about it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will watch with your own eyes as your sons and daughters are given to another nation. You will strain your eyes looking for them all day long, but there will be nothing you can do.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no strength in thine hand.

King James 2000 Bible
Your sons and your daughters shall be given unto another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no strength in your hand.

American King James Version
Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in your hand.

American Standard Version
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people; and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nought in the power of thy hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
May thy sons and thy daughters be given to another people, thy eyes looking on, and languishing at the sight of them all the day, and may there be no strength in thy hand.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and languish for them all the day long; and there shall be no power in thy hand [to help it].

English Revised Version
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nought in the power of thine hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given to another people, and thy eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thy hand.

World English Bible
Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people; and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nothing in the power of your hand.

Young's Literal Translation
Thy sons and thy daughters are given to another people, and thine eyes are looking and consuming for them all the day, and thy hand is not to God!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:15-44 If we do not keep God's commandments, we not only come short of the blessing promised, but we lay ourselves under the curse, which includes all misery, as the blessing all happiness. Observe the justice of this curse. It is not a curse causeless, or for some light cause. The extent and power of this curse. Wherever the sinner goes, the curse of God follows; wherever he is, it rests upon him. Whatever he has is under a curse. All his enjoyments are made bitter; he cannot take any true comfort in them, for the wrath of God mixes itself with them. Many judgments are here stated, which would be the fruits of the curse, and with which God would punish the people of the Jews, for their apostacy and disobedience. We may observe the fulfilling of these threatenings in their present state. To complete their misery, it is threatened that by these troubles they should be bereaved of all comfort and hope, and left to utter despair. Those who walk by sight, and not by faith, are in danger of losing reason itself, when every thing about them looks frightful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 32. - And there shall be no might in thine hand. Keil proposes to render here, "Thy hand shall not be to thee towards God;" and others, "Thy hand shall not be to thee for God," i.e. instead of God. But אֵל here is not "the Mighty One, God; but simply" might, strength, power," as in Genesis 31:29; Proverbs 3:27; Micah 2:1. Literally rendered, the words are, And not for might is thy hand, the meaning of which is well expressed in the Authorized Version.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people,.... This also was not true in the Babylonish captivity; for then their sons and daughters went with them, and continued with them, and returned again; but has been oftentimes verified since their captivity by the Romans; frequently their sons and daughters have been taken from them by force, to be brought up in another religion, by the edicts of kings and popes, and by the canons of councils, and particularly of the fourth council of Toledo:

and thine eyes shall look and fail; with longing:

for them all the day long; expecting every day their children would be returned to them, at least wishing and hoping they would; their hearts yearning after them, but all in vain:

and there shall be no might in thy hand; to recover them out of the hands of those who had the possession of them, or fetch them back from distant countries, whither they were carried. By an edict of the Portuguese, the children of the Jews were ordered to be carried to the uninhabited islands; and when, by the king's command, they were had to the ships in which they were to be transported, it is incredible, the Jewish historian says (l), what howlings and lamentations were made by the women; and there wore none pitied them and comforted them, or could help them.

(l) Shebet Judah, sive Hist. Jud. sect. 59. p. 332.



Deuteronomy 28:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Curses of Disobedience
31"Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat of it; your donkey shall be torn away from you, and will not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you will have none to save you. 32"Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and yearn for them continually; but there will be nothing you can do. 33"A people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors, and you will never be anything but oppressed and crushed continually.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:31
Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them.

Deuteronomy 28:41
You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity.

Psalm 69:3
I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.

Lamentations 1:18
"The LORD is righteous, yet I rebelled against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look on my suffering. My young men and young women have gone into exile.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.
Treasury of Scripture

Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in your hand.

sons In several countries, particularly in Spain and Portugal, the children of the jews have been taken from them, by order of the government, to be educated in the Popish faith.

Deuteronomy 28:18,41 Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your land, …

Numbers 21:29 Woe to you, Moab! you are undone, O people of Chemosh: he has given …

2 Chronicles 29:9 For, see, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and …

Nehemiah 5:2-5 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: …

Jeremiah 15:7-9 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave …

Jeremiah 16:2-4 You shall not take you a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters …

Joel 3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you …

Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, …

Micah 4:10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a …

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Deuteronomy 28:65 And among these nations shall you find no ease, neither shall the …

Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, …

Job 17:5 He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children …

Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I …

Psalm 119:82,123 My eyes fail for your word, saying, When will you comfort me…

Isaiah 38:14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: …

Lamentations 2:11 My eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured …

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching …

Lamentations 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

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