Isaiah 19:15
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New International Version
There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.

New Living Translation
There is nothing Egypt can do. All are helpless--the head and the tail, the noble palm branch and the lowly reed.

English Standard Version
And there will be nothing for Egypt that head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.

New American Standard Bible
There will be no work for Egypt Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.

King James Bible
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No head or tail, palm or reed, will be able to do anything for Egypt.

International Standard Version
As a result, there will be nothing for Egypt that head or tail, palm branch or reed, can do.

NET Bible
Egypt will not be able to do a thing, head or tail, shoots and stalk.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one-leaders or followers, important or unimportant- can do anything for Egypt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither shall it be of any value unto Egypt, any work which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, palm branch or bulrush, may do.

American King James Version
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

American Standard Version
Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there shall be no work for Egypt, to make head or tail, him that bendeth down, or that holdeth back.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do.

English Revised Version
Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm branch or rush, may do.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may perform.

World English Bible
Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm branch or rush, may do.

Young's Literal Translation
And there is no work to Egypt, That head or tail, branch or reed, may do.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:1-17 God shall come into Egypt with his judgments. He will raise up the causes of their destruction from among themselves. When ungodly men escape danger, they are apt to think themselves secure; but evil pursues sinners, and will speedily overtake them, except they repent. The Egyptians will be given over into the hand of one who shall rule them with rigour, as was shortly after fulfilled. The Egyptians were renowned for wisdom and science; yet the Lord would give them up to their own perverse schemes, and to quarrel, till their land would be brought by their contests to become an object of contempt and pity. He renders sinners afraid of those whom they have despised and oppressed; and the Lord of hosts will make the workers of iniquity a terror to themselves, and to each other; and every object around a terror to them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Neither shall there be, etc. Translate, And there shall be for Egypt no work in which both the head and the tail, both the palm branch and the rush, may (conjointly) work. The general spirit of perverseness shall prevent all union of high with low, rich with poor.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Neither shall there be any work for Egypt,.... No trade or business to carry on; their rivers being dried up, there was no flax to work with, and fine linen was a principal commodity of Egypt; nor any fish to catch, or rushes to make paper of, as before observed: or it would not be in the power of their hands to deliver themselves from the Assyrians that should come against them; and that they should be deprived of wisdom and counsel, and be at their wits' end, not knowing what to do, or what step to take:

which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do: high or low, strong or weak, all ranks and orders of men shall have nothing to do; all shall be weak and dispirited, and void of counsel. By the "head" and "branch" may be meant the king and his nobles; and by the "tail" and "rush" the common people; see Isaiah 9:14. The Targum interprets the whole of their chief men thus,

"and the Egyptians shall have no king to reign, nor prince, noble, governor, or ruler.''

Jarchi explains it of the magicians, astrologers, and stargazers of Egypt, who, with all their boasted knowledge and wisdom, should not be able either to foresee or prevent the evil coming upon them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. work for Egypt—nothing which Egypt can do to extricate itself from the difficulty.

head or tail—high or low (Isa 19:11-15, and Isa 19:8-10).

branch or rush—the lofty palm branch or the humble reed (Isa 9:14, 15; 10:33, 34).

Isaiah 19:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Burden Concerning Egypt
14The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit. 15There will be no work for Egypt Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.
Cross References
Isaiah 9:14
So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;

Isaiah 9:15
the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
Treasury of Scripture

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