Isaiah 13:7
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New International Version
Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear.

New Living Translation
Every arm is paralyzed with fear. Every heart melts,

English Standard Version
Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore all hands will fall limp, And every man's heart will melt.

King James Bible
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore everyone's hands will become weak, and every man's heart will melt.

International Standard Version
Because of this, every hand will go limp, and every man's courage will melt.

NET Bible
For this reason all hands hang limp, every human heart loses its courage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why every hand will hang limp, and everyone's courage will fail.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore all hands shall be faint, and every heart of man shall melt:

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every man's heart shall melt:

American King James Version
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

American Standard Version
Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every heart of man shall melt:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every heart of man shall melt,

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every heart of man shall melt,

English Revised Version
Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every heart of man shall melt:

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

World English Bible
Therefore all hands will be feeble, and everyone's heart will melt.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, all hands do fail, And every heart of man doth melt.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:6-18 We have here the terrible desolation of Babylon by the Medes and Persians. Those who in the day of their peace were proud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited when trouble comes. Their faces shall be scorched with the flame. All comfort and hope shall fail. The stars of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be darkened. Such expressions are often employed by the prophets, to describe the convulsions of governments. God will visit them for their iniquity, particularly the sin of pride, which brings men low. There shall be a general scene of horror. Those who join themselves to Babylon, must expect to share her plagues, Re 18:4. All that men have, they would give for their lives, but no man's riches shall be the ransom of his life. Pause here and wonder that men should be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the nature of man is become. And that little infants thus suffer, which shows that there is an original guilt, by which life is forfeited as soon as it is begun. The day of the Lord will, indeed, be terrible with wrath and fierce anger, far beyond all here stated. Nor will there be any place for the sinner to flee to, or attempt an escape. But few act as though they believed these things.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Therefore shall all hands be faint (comp. Jeremiah 1:43; Ezekiel 7:17; Zephaniah 3:16). There shall be a general inaction and apathy. Recently discovered accounts of the capture of Babylon by Cyrus show a great want of activity and vigor on the part of the defenders. Every man's heart shall melt (comp. Deuteronomy 20:8; Joshua 2:11; Joshua 5:1, etc.). The general inaction will spring from a general despondency. This statement agrees much better with the recently discovered documents than does the statement of Herodotus, that, safe within their walls, the Babylonians despised their assailants, and regarded themselves as perfectly secure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore shall all hands be faint,.... Or hang down; that is, the hands of all the Babylonians, the city being taken suddenly and at once, so that they should not be able to lift them up to lay hold on a weapon, and defend themselves:

and every man's heart shall melt; like wax before the fire; be dispirited, and lose all their valour and courage, have neither power nor heart to resist their enemies, and attempt to save themselves.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. faint … melt—So Jer 50:43; compare Jos 7:5. Babylon was taken by surprise on the night of Belshazzar's impious feast (Da 5:30). Hence the sudden fainting and melting of hearts.

Isaiah 13:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Judgment against Babylon
6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. 7Therefore all hands will fall limp, And every man's heart will melt. 8They will be terrified, Pains and anguish will take hold of them; They will writhe like a woman in labor, They will look at one another in astonishment, Their faces aflame.…
Cross References
Joshua 2:11
When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

Psalm 58:7
Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.

Isaiah 19:1
A prophecy against Egypt: See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

Jeremiah 51:30
Babylon's warriors have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become weaklings. Her dwellings are set on fire; the bars of her gates are broken.

Ezekiel 7:17
Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.

Ezekiel 21:7
And when they ask you, 'Why are you groaning?' you shall say, 'Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.' It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD."

Nahum 2:10
She is pillaged, plundered, stripped! Hearts melt, knees give way, bodies tremble, every face grows pale.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

shall all

Isaiah 10:3,4 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation …

Isaiah 37:27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed …

Isaiah 51:20 Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, …

Jeremiah 50:43 The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed …

Ezekiel 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall be, when they say to you, Why sigh you? that you shall …

Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness …

be faint. or, fall down
every

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and …

Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling …

Nahum 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees …

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