Isaiah 16:2
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New International Version
Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, so are the women of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

New Living Translation
The women of Moab are left like homeless birds at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.

English Standard Version
Like fleeing birds, like a scattered nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

New American Standard Bible
Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings, The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.

King James Bible
For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a bird fleeing, forced from the nest, the daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.

International Standard Version
Like fluttering birds, like an abandoned nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon River.

NET Bible
At the fords of the Arnon the Moabite women are like a bird that flies about when forced from its nest.

New Heart English Bible
For it will be that as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so will the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Moab's daughters are like fluttering birds, like scattered nestlings, at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For it shall be that, as wandering birds, As a scattered nest, So shall the daughters of Moab be At the fords of Arnon.

New American Standard 1977
Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings,
            The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it shall be that as a wandering bird cast out of the nest so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

King James 2000 Bible
For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of the Arnon.

American King James Version
For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

American Standard Version
For it shall be that, as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it shall come to pass, that as a bird fleeing away, and as young ones flying out of the nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be in the passage of Arnon.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be [that] as a wandering bird, [as] a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.

English Revised Version
For it shall be that, as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of Arnon.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

World English Bible
For it will be that as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so will the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath come to pass, As a wandering bird, a nest cast out, Are daughters of Moab, at fords of Arnon.
Study Bible
A Prophecy of Moab's Devastation
1Send the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land, From Sela by way of the wilderness to the mountain of the daughter of Zion. 2Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings, The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon. 3"Give us advice, make a decision; Cast your shadow like night at high noon; Hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.…
Cross References
Numbers 21:13
From there they journeyed and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites, for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

Numbers 21:14
Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD, "Waheb in Suphah, And the wadis of the Arnon,

Numbers 21:29
"Woe to you, O Moab! You are ruined, O people of Chemosh! He has given his sons as fugitives, And his daughters into captivity, To an Amorite king, Sihon.

2 Kings 3:4
Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and used to pay the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams.

Proverbs 26:2
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.

Proverbs 27:8
Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.

Jeremiah 48:9
"Give wings to Moab, For she will flee away; And her cities will become a desolation, Without inhabitants in them.

Jeremiah 48:20
"Moab has been put to shame, for it has been shattered. Wail and cry out; Declare by the Arnon That Moab has been destroyed.

Jeremiah 48:46
"Woe to you, Moab! The people of Chemosh have perished; For your sons have been taken away captive And your daughters into captivity.
Treasury of Scripture

For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

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Isaiah 13:14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man takes …

Proverbs 27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

cast out of the nest. or, a nest forsaken
the fords

Numbers 21:13-15 From there they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon…

Deuteronomy 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from …

Deuteronomy 3:8,12 And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the …

Joshua 13:16 And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of the river …

Judges 11:18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land …

(2) As a wandering bird cast out of the nest.--Better as in the margin, a forsaken nest. The "daughters of Moab" either literally, the women driven from their homes, or figuratively (as in Isaiah 16:1) the whole population of its towns and villages, are represented as fluttering in terror, like birds whose nests are spoiled (comp. Isaiah 10:14), like the fledglings in the nest, on the fords of Arnon, uncertain whether to return to their old homes or to cross into a strange land. The imagery reminds us of Psalm 11:1, Proverbs 27:8, so also of sch. Agam. 49-52.

Verse 2. - For it shall be; rather, and it shall be. The tribute having been paid, Moab will regain some confidence. Her fluttered population will return, and collect at the fords of the Amen, ready to recross it. As a wandering bird cast out of the nest; rather, as a wandering bird (or, wandering birds) - "as a scattered nest" (or, "brood of nestlings"). The daughters of Moab. The population of Moab generally, as "the daughter of Zion" (ver. 1) is the population of Jerusalem generally. For it shall be,.... Or, "otherwise it shall be" (z); if ye do not pay this tribute:

that as a wandering bird cast out of the nest: or, "as a wandering bird, the nest sent out": that is, as a bird that has forsaken its nest, and wanders about, and its young ones are turned out of the nest, scarcely fledged, and unable to shift for themselves, but flutter about here and there, trembling and frightened, see Proverbs 26:2,

so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon: turned out of their houses, wandering up and down, not knowing where to go; unable to help themselves, and in the utmost fright and consternation, fleeing to the very borders of their land, as the fords of Arnon were, see Numbers 21:13.

(z) "alioqui", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 2. cast out of … nest—rather, "as a brood cast out" (in apposition with "a wandering bird," or rather, wandering birds), namely, a brood just fledged and expelled from the nest in which they were hatched [Horsley]. Compare Isa 10:14; De 32:11.

daughters of Moab—that is, the inhabitants of Moab. So 2Ki 19:21; Ps 48:11; Jer 46:11; La 4:22 [Maurer].

at the fords—trying to cross the boundary river of Moab, in order to escape out of the land. Ewald and Maurer make "fords" a poetical expression for "the dwellers on Arnon," answering to the parallel clause of the same sense, "daughters of Moab."16:1-5 God tells sinners what they may do to prevent ruin; so he does to Moab. Let them send the tribute they formerly engaged to pay to Judah. Take it as good advice. Break off thy sins by righteousness, it may lengthen thy quiet. And this may be applied to the great gospel duty of submission to Christ. Send him the lamb, the best you have, yourselves a living sacrifice. When you come to God, the great Ruler, come in the name of the Lamb, the Lamb of God. Those who will not submit to Christ, shall be as a bird that wanders from her nest, which shall be snatched up by the next bird of prey. Those who will not yield to the fear of God, shall be made to yield to the fear of every thing else. He advises them to be kind to the seed of Israel. Those that expect to find favour when in trouble themselves, must show favour to those in trouble. What is here said concerning the throne of Hezekiah, also belongs, in a much higher sense, to the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Though by subjection to Him we may not enjoy worldly riches or honours, but may be exposed to poverty and contempt, we shall have peace of conscience and eternal life.
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