Isaiah 21:12
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New International Version
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again."

New Living Translation
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but night will soon return. If you wish to ask again, then come back and ask."

English Standard Version
The watchman says: “Morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; come back again.”

New American Standard Bible
The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again."

King James Bible
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The watchman said," Morning has come, and also night. If you want to ask, ask! Come back again."

International Standard Version
The watchman replies: 'Morning is coming, but also the night. If you want to ask, then ask; come back again.'"

NET Bible
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but then night. If you want to ask, ask; come back again."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The watchman answers, "Morning is coming, and night will come again. If you need to ask, come back and ask."

Jubilee Bible 2000
The watchman said, The morning comes and then the night; if ye will enquire, enquire ye; return, and come.

King James 2000 Bible
The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night: if you will inquire, inquire you: return, come.

American King James Version
The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night: if you will inquire, inquire you: return, come.

American Standard Version
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: turn ye, come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The watchman said: The morning cometh, also the night: if you seek, seek: return, come.

Darby Bible Translation
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire; return, come.

English Revised Version
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: turn ye, come.

Webster's Bible Translation
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.

World English Bible
The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire. Come back again."

Young's Literal Translation
The watchman hath said, 'Come hath morning, and also night, If ye inquire, inquire ye, turn back, come.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:11,12 God's prophets and ministers are as watchmen in the city in a time of peace, to see that all is safe. As watchmen in the camp in time of war, to warn of the motions of the enemy. After a long sleep in sin and security, it is time to rise, to awake out of sleep. We have a great deal of work to do, a long journey to go; it is time to be stirring. After a long dark night is there any hope of the day dawning? What tidings of the night? What happens to-night? We must never be secure. But many make curious inquiries of the watchmen. They would willingly have nice questions solved, or difficult prophecies interpreted; but they do not seek into the state of their own souls, about the way of salvation, and the path of duty. The watchman answers by way of prophecy. There comes first a morning of light, and peace, and opportunity; but afterward comes a night of trouble and calamity. If there be a morning of youth and health, there will come a night of sickness and old age; if a morning of prosperity in the family, in the public, yet we must look for changes. It is our wisdom to improve the present morning, in preparation for the night that is coming after it. Inquire, return, come. We are urged to do it quickly, for there is no time to trifle. Those that return and come to God, will find they have a great deal of work to do, and but little time to do it in.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - The morning cometh, and also the night. An oracular reply, but probably meaning

(1) that a brighter time would soon dawn upon the Edomite people; and

(2) that this brighter time would be followed by a return of misery and affliction. We may (conjecturally) understand the "morning" of the earlier part of Sennacherib's reign, when Edom was at peace with Assyria, merely paying a moderate tribute (G. Smith, 'Eponym Canon,' p. 132), and the "night" of the later period in the same king's reign, when (about B.C. 694-690) the country suffered from another Assyrian invasion, in which the king's treasures and his gods were carried off to Nineveh (ibid., p. 137). If ye will inquire, inquire ye; return, come. Some take this very literally, as meaning, "If ye would inquire further into the meaning of this answer, do so; return to me; come again." But this implies that the Edomites had sent an actual messenger to make the inquiry of ver. 5, which is improbable. Others understand a reproach to Edom: "If ye will have recourse to God in the time of trouble, do so; but then do more - return to him altogether; come, and be one with Judah."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The watchman said, the morning cometh, and also the night,.... Not only a morning, but a night; and as sure as the morning comes, so shall the night; there wilt be a constant succession of morning and night; as a morning of prosperity, so a night of adversity: the morning of the Gospel dispensation was coming on, or of Christ's coming in the flesh, which was attended with joy and cheerfulness; like the morning, it dispersed the shadows of the law, introduced light, which gradually and irresistibly spread itself over the Gentile world; but then followed a night of darkness to the Jews, blindness happened to them, which still continues; and to the Arabians, Saracens, and Turks, when the bottomless pit was opened by Mahomet, which let out smoke and locusts in the eastern part of the world; and to the western part, when the Romish antichrist established himself as universal bishop: a morning came on again at the Reformation, and a night will follow, which is now begun; it is already a time of darkness, coldness, sleepiness, and of error and heresy, which will issue in an eventide, in a dark night: if it be asked what time it is with us, or how far we are gone toward the night? the answer is, we are in and toward the close of the Sardian church state; we are in the twilight, or in that part of time which is neither day nor night, Zechariah 14:6 the slaying of the witnesses is yet to come, which, with the general spread of Popery all over Christendom, will make it entire night; after which will come on the morning of the spiritual reign of Christ, when the light of the Gospel will be spread everywhere, and joy and gladness will attend the saints in all places; and it will be a time of great prosperity, both spiritual and temporal; which will be succeeded by another night of coldness, deadness, and carnal security, and will last till the second and personal coming of Christ; which will bring on the morning of a glorious resurrection to the saints, after which there will be no more night to them, though there will be an eternal one to the wicked. The Targum is,

"the prophet said, there is a reward for the righteous, and punishment for the wicked;''

and so the Jews elsewhere (d) interpret it of the morning of redemption to the righteous, and of the night of darkness to the wicked; or, as they sometimes express it (e), the morning is for the righteous, and the night for the wicked; the morning for Israel, and the night for the nations of the world. Dumah they sometimes (f) make to be the angel appointed over spirits, who they suppose gather together, and say to him, "watchman", &c.

if ye will inquire, inquire ye; seriously and in good earnest, diligently and constantly, with all humility and reverence, by prayer to God and by searching the Scriptures, and by application to the watchmen, the ministers of the word, who make it their business to study it, and have the mind of Christ:

return, come; return by repentance, and come to God, who receives backsliders, heals their backslidings, and loves them freely; or, "come again", to the watchman, and to the Lord, and renew your inquiries till you get satisfaction.

(d) Gloss. in T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 94. 1. & in Bava Kama fol, 3. 2. (e) T. Hieros. Taaniot, fol. 64. 1. & Kimchi in loc. (f) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 94. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Reply of the prophet, The morning (prosperity) cometh, and (soon after follows) the night (adversity). Though you, Idumeans, may have a gleam of prosperity, it will soon be followed by adversity again. Otherwise, as Barnes, "Prosperity cometh (to the Jews) to be quickly followed by adversity (to you, Idumeans, who exult in the fall of Jerusalem, have seized on the southern part of their land in their absence during the captivity, and now deride them by your question)" (Isa 34:5-7). This view is favored by Ob 10-21.

if ye will inquire, inquire—If ye choose to consult me again, do so (similar phrases occur in Ge 43:14; 2Ki 7:4; Es 4:16).

return, come—"Be converted to God (and then), come" [Gesenius]; you will then receive a more favorable answer.

Isaiah 21:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Prophecy against Edom
11The oracle concerning Edom. One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?" 12The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again."
Cross References
Isaiah 21:11
A prophecy against Dumah: Someone calls to me from Seir, "Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?"

Isaiah 21:13
A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

Obadiah 1:1
The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign LORD says about Edom-- We have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, "Rise, let us go against her for battle"--
Treasury of Scripture

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