Isaiah 1:31
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New International Version
The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."

New Living Translation
The strongest among you will disappear like straw; their evil deeds will be the spark that sets it on fire. They and their evil works will burn up together, and no one will be able to put out the fire.

English Standard Version
And the strong shall become tinder, and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.

New American Standard Bible
The strong man will become tinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both burn together And there will be none to quench them.

King James Bible
And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The strong one will become tinder, and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the flames.

International Standard Version
Your strong one will be like tinder, and your work a spark; both of them will burn together, with no one to quench the flames that burn them."

NET Bible
The powerful will be like a thread of yarn, their deeds like a spark; both will burn together, and no one will put out the fire.

New Heart English Bible
The strong will be like tinder, and his work like a spark. They will both burn together, and no one will quench them."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strong people will become tinder for a fire, and their work will be the spark. Both of them will burn together, and there will be no one to put out the fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the strong shall be as tow, And his work as a spark; And they shall both burn together, And none shall quench them.

New American Standard 1977
And the strong man will become tinder,
            His work also a spark.
            Thus they shall both burn together,
            And there will be none to quench them.



Jubilee Bible 2000
And the strong idol shall be as tow and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and no one shall be able to quench them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the strong shall be as tinder, and the work of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

American King James Version
And the strong shall be as wick, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

American Standard Version
And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And your strength shall be as the ashes of tow, and your work as a spark: and both shall burn together, and there shall be none to quench it.

Darby Bible Translation
And the strong shall be for tow, and his work a spark; and they shall both burn together, and there shall be none to quench [them].

English Revised Version
And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

World English Bible
The strong will be like tinder, and his work like a spark. They will both burn together, and no one will quench them."

Young's Literal Translation
And the strong hath been for tow, And his work for a spark, And burned have both of them together, And there is none quenching!

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:21-31 Neither holy cities nor royal ones are faithful to their trust, if religion does not dwell in them. Dross may shine like silver, and the wine that is mixed with water may still have the colour of wine. Those have a great deal to answer for, who do not help the oppressed, but oppress them. Men may do much by outward restraints; but only God works effectually by the influences of his Spirit, as a Spirit of Judgment. Sin is the worst captivity, the worst slavery. The redemption of the spiritual Zion, by the righteousness and death of Christ, and by his powerful grace, most fully accord with what is here meant. Utter ruin is threatened. The Jews should become as a tree when blasted by heat; as a garden without water, which in those hot countries would soon be burned up. Thus shall they be that trust in idols, or in an arm of flesh. Even the strong man shall be as tow; not only soon broken, and pulled to pieces, but easily catching fire. When the sinner has made himself as tow and stubble, and God makes himself as a consuming fire, what can prevent the utter ruin of the sinner?
Study Bible
Zion Corrupted
30For you will be like an oak whose leaf fades away Or as a garden that has no water. 31The strong man will become tinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both burn together And there will be none to quench them.
Cross References
Matthew 3:12
His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Mark 9:43
If your hand causes you to fall into sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two hands and go into hell, into the unquenchable fire.

Isaiah 4:4
When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,

Isaiah 5:24
Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 9:19
By the fury of the LORD of hosts the land is burned up, And the people are like fuel for the fire; No man spares his brother.

Isaiah 24:6
Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.

Isaiah 26:11
O LORD, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies.

Isaiah 33:11
"You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble; My breath will consume you like a fire.

Isaiah 34:10
It will not be quenched night or day; Its smoke will go up forever. From generation to generation it will be desolate; None will pass through it forever and ever.

Isaiah 43:17
Who brings forth the chariot and the horse, The army and the mighty man (They will lie down together and not rise again; They have been quenched and extinguished like a wick):
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And the strong shall be as wick, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

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