Isaiah 10:19
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New International Version
And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few that a child could write them down.

New Living Translation
Of all that glorious forest, only a few trees will survive--so few that a child could count them!

English Standard Version
The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few that a child can write them down.

New American Standard Bible
And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down.

King James Bible
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The remaining trees of its forest will be so few in number that a child could count them.

International Standard Version
What survives of the trees in his forest will be so few that a child can count them."

NET Bible
There will be so few trees left in his forest, a child will be able to count them.

New Heart English Bible
The remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, so that a child could write their number.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The trees that remain in the forest will be so few that a child could count them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, That a child may write them down.

New American Standard 1977
And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number
            That a child could write them down.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the trees that shall remain in his forest shall be in number such that a child may count them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them down.

American King James Version
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

American Standard Version
And the remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, so that a child may write them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that remain of the trees of his forest shall be so few, that they shall easily be numbered, and a child shall write them down.

Darby Bible Translation
And the remainder of the trees of his forest shall be few: yea, a child might write them.

English Revised Version
And the remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

World English Bible
The remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, so that a child could write their number.

Young's Literal Translation
And the rest of the trees of his forest are few, And a youth doth write them.
Study Bible
Judgment on Assyria
18And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away. 19And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down. 20Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.…
Cross References
Isaiah 21:17
and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the LORD God of Israel has spoken."

Isaiah 32:19
And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.

Jeremiah 44:28
'Those who escape the sword will return out of the land of Egypt to the land of Judah few in number. Then all the remnant of Judah who have gone to the land of Egypt to reside there will know whose word will stand, Mine or theirs.
Treasury of Scripture

And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

few. Heb. number

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the …

(19) And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few.--To number the host of an army, to count killed and wounded after a battle, was commonly the work of the royal scribe, who appears so often as in that employment in Assyrian sculptures. Here the survivors (the "remnant" as before) were to be so few (literally, a number) that even the boy who could hardly count but on his fingers would be skilled enough to number them.

Verse 19. - The rest of the trees; i.e. these that escape the burning - shall be few; literally, a number; i.e. so few that their number shall be apparent. And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few,.... Which were left unconsumed, that escaped this destruction, those of the Assyrian army that fled with Sennacherib their king; which, the Rabbins say (r), were no more than ten, as Jarchi and Kimchi observe; yea, some say there were but five left who escaped, and name them, Sennacherib and his two sons, Nebuchadnezzar and Nebuzaradan:

that a child may write them; count them, and take down their names; and it may be understood of a military muster, and the sense be, that the army should be reduced to so small a number by this stroke upon them, that there would be no need of an able muster master to take the account of them, a child would be equal to such a task. The Targum is,

"and the rest of his warriors shall fail, that the people shall be a small number, and shall be reckoned a weak kingdom.''

(r) T. Bab. ib. fol. 95. 2. Praefat. Echa Rabbati, fol. 41. 1.19. rest—those who shall survive the destruction of the host.

his forest—same image as in Isa 10:18, for the once dense army.

child … write—so few that a child might count them.10:5-19 See what a change sin made. The king of Assyria, in his pride, thought to act by his own will. The tyrants of the world are tools of Providence. God designs to correct his people for their hypocrisy, and bring them nearer to him; but is that Sennacherib's design? No; he designs to gratify his own covetousness and ambition. The Assyrian boasts what great things he has done to other nations, by his own policy and power. He knows not that it is God who makes him what he is, and puts the staff into his hand. He had done all this with ease; none moved the wing, or cried as birds do when their nests are rifled. Because he conquered Samaria, he thinks Jerusalem would fall of course. It was lamentable that Jerusalem should have set up graven images, and we cannot wonder that she was excelled in them by the heathen. But is it not equally foolish for Christians to emulate the people of the world in vanities, instead of keeping to things which are their special honour? For a tool to boast, or to strive against him that formed it, would not be more out of the way, than for Sennacherib to vaunt himself against Jehovah. When God brings his people into trouble, it is to bring sin to their remembrance, and humble them, and to awaken them to a sense of their duty; this must be the fruit, even the taking away of sin. When these points are gained by the affliction, it shall be removed in mercy. This attempt upon Zion and Jerusalem should come to nothing. God will be as a fire to consume the workers of iniquity, both soul and body. The desolation should be as when a standard-bearer fainteth, and those who follow are put to confusion. Who is able to stand before this great and holy Lord God?
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