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."

New Heart English Bible
The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire. 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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
The watchman said: 'The morning cometh, and also the night-- If ye will inquire, inquire ye; return, come.'

New American Standard 1977
The watchman says,
            “Morning comes but also night.
            If you would inquire, inquire;
            Come back again.”

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.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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." 13The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.…
Cross References
Isaiah 21:11
The oracle concerning Edom. One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"

Isaiah 21:13
The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.

Obadiah 1:1
The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom-- We have heard a report from the LORD, And an envoy has been sent among the nations saying, "Arise and let us go against her for battle "--
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